International Business Administration BA in Helsinki

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This highly recognised (EPAS accreditation) study programme is for you if you are interested in economics and business, looking to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work as a manager at an international company or in the public sector. You can either specialise in finance and accounting or in marketing and communication, and will acquire very good business English skills along the way. Studies take place at EBS Helsinki campus (Mechelininkatu 3C, Kamppi). 

You can also choose to expand your knowledge by selecting the English language Game Management module in addition to your chosen specialisation.



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Why choose International Business Administration study programme in EBS Helsinki?

  • Business education from one of the most digitally advanced countries in the world.
  • The study programme has the highest level of international recognition, namely the EPAS accreditation. 
  • Flexible organisation of studies. 
  • Lecturers, who are also specialists in their field help students acquire broad knowledge regarding economics and business and to find solutions to the most common management challenges. International academic faculty.
  • You will create a social network of like minded people, together with whom you can put to use what you have learned and make your dreams a reality.
  • Modern teaching methods are supported by the cloud-based e-learning platform Canvas, which is used by many of the top universities around the world.
  • Studying takes place in small study groups (up to 35 students) depending on the goal of the lecture. You are advised by your personal study consultant.
  • Strong contacts with the corporate world
  • You can either spend the fall semester of the second academic year abroad (mobility window) in one of EBS’s 60 partner universities worldwide or specialise in the direction of finance and accounting or in the direction of marketing and communication.  EBS has a strong network of partner universities, which include many of Europe’s best business schools (EMLyon Business School, Università Bocconi, BI Norwegian Business School, Kedge Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and many others).
  • The opportunity to acquire a double degree at Lancaster University Management School selected as Great Britain’s University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018).


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About the studies

The studies are conducted in English and take place mainly at EBS campus in Helsinki. Students travel once per semester to visit the EBS Tallinn main campus. You visit lectures, companies and have many networking opportunities during your trips to EBS Tallinn campus.  


All EBS study programmes are accredited by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. The Bachelor’s degree is comparable to the same field degree in Finland and in other European Union countries, as well as with similar international qualifications. EBS Helsinki graduates are granted an official diploma approved by the Republic of Estonia.


This programme is session-based with a study period of 3.5 years. This study format allows part-time working. Lectures and seminars take place three days a week every other week. Lecture dates are fixed through the studies (Tue/Wed/Sat or Thu/Fri/Sat).  


The academic year begins in the fall with contact study week (Introweek) at EBS Tallinn and EBS Helsinki. The rest of the semester’s lectures and exams are held at EBS Helsinki. The spring semester contact study days (1-2 days) at EBS Tallinn usually take place in the middle of the semester. Lecturers at EBS Helsinki are from Estonia and Finland as well as from abroad. In addition to EBS' own lecturers, the classes are taught by international and local visiting lecturers

Graduate profile

Graduates of this programme work as marketing or finance specialists and first-level project managers at medium-sized companies or in the public sector organisations. Research shows that the salary of EBS graduates in the field of business and management is higher in comparison with graduates from other Estonian universities. 


Alumni of this programme work for example in following positions:

  • Account Manager, Vapa Media Oy
  • Business Controller, Attendo
  • Marketplace Operations Lead, Nike
  • Product and Marketing Coordinator, Hartwall
  • Senior Advisor, Trade Finance and Large Corporations, Finnvera Oyj

Double Degree from UK

All international business administration students are eligible to acquire a double degree from EBS and Lancaster University Management School.

Students participating in the double degree programme will study for the first two years at EBS and the next two years at Lancaster University, in Great Britain. The prerequisite for graduation is defending one’s final paper. The foreign university degree is valid together with the EBS degree.


  • The Times and Sunday Times newspapers in Great Britain named Lancaster University as the University of the Year 2018, and Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has all of the most important international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
  • Studies at LUMS are closely tied to the school’s high-level research activity.
  • The school has a strong alumni movement and a highly-rated university campus.



Finance and Accounting

You will acquire the necessary knowledge in finance and accounting to work as a financial specialist or manage your finances successfully as an entrepreneur. 


When specialising in the direction of finance and accounting, you will learn:

  • financing of start-ups;
  • investment management and risk analysis;
  • company financing and taxation;
  • financial reporting.

The study programme has been recognised by the CFA Institute, and courses in the field of finance are taught with regard to the first level requirements of CFA. The topics covered during courses in the field of accounting largely coincide with ACCA’s corresponding examination topics.



Marketing and Communication

You will acquire the necessary knowledge to work as a marketing or communication specialist who is able to plan and implement suitable activities for achieving company objectives, and convincingly and professionally present your ideas.


When specialising in the direction of Marketing and Communication, you will learn:

  • digital marketing and advertising;
  • consumer behaviour and pricing;
  • cross-cultural communication and business behaviour.


  Principles of Economics 3 Karmo Kroos
  Financial Accounting 6 Aet Toots
  Law Encyclopedia 3 Aleksander Popov
  English for Management and Marketing     3 Anu LehingAnne Lelumees
  Mathematics for Business  6 Eetu Rantanen
  Computer Fundamentals for Business I   3 Viljo Kallas
  Leader's Professional Identity 3 Ingrid Ermann
  Communication and Presentation Skills 3 Anu Lehing
  English for Finance and Accounting 3 Jaan Rand
  Principles of Management 3 Ester Eomois
  Social Psychology 3 Pablo Veyrat
  Human Capital Management in Modern Organizations 3 Piret Masso
  Principles of Marketing 6 Riina Koris

Introduction to Statistics

3 Eetu Rantanen
  Philosophy 3 Oliver Laas
  Optional 3  
  Internship: Applied Rotational Shadowing 2  
  Mobility window (elective courses)
*Including specialisation 24 ECTS
  Microeconomics 6 Alar Kein
  Project Management 3 Marge SassiJuko-Mart Kõlar
  English for Economics and Law 3 Jaan Rand
  Research Design 3 Rauno Pello
  Business Ethics 3 Mari Kooskora
  Sociology 3 Pablo Veyrat
  Optional 3  
  Internship: Designing Managerial Intervention 4     
  International Business 3 Tiit Elenurm
  Macroeconomics 6 Ashim Kumar Kar
  Managerial Accounting 3 Urmas Kaarlep
  Business Simulation DYNAMA 4,5 Anto LiivatPeeter Kross
  Qualitative Research Methods 3 Kaire Põder
  Academic and Business Writing 3 Jaan Rand
  Public Relations and Media Communication Richard Scott Abel
  Business Planning 3 Pavel Prokushenkov
  Corporate Finance 6  
  Business Law 6 Aleksander Popov
  Strategic Management 3 Mike Franz Wahl, Marko Rillo
  Quantitative Research Methods 3 Karmo Kroos
  Optional 3  
  Optional 7,5  
  Bachelor Thesis or Final Exam 6  
Important dates


Application deadline for the admission interviews.

The full-time studies at Helsinki campus can be joined starting from Autumn semester.



The admission interviews take place at EBS Helsinki.





Admission process

  • Apply through  Dream Apply Student Admission Platform.
  • Admission interview at EBS Helsinki.
  • Acceptance
    Once the student has sent all necessary documents for applying, has obtained the required level of English of and has successfully passed the entrance process (incl. interview) the Admission Committee will decide upon the student's admission.
  • Signing of the study contract
    When the student has arrived in Estonia and to EBS, then the study contract is signed between the student and university.
  • Tuition fee payment
    After being accepted the student will be issued the tuition fee invoice for one academic year.

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If you have not taken any of the required state examinations, you can instead take the entrance examinations at EBS. 


Fees and Financing Options


  • Paying in one part the autumn semester fee is 3905€; spring semester fee is 3775€.
  • Paying in two parts the semester fee is 3905 + 35 = 3940€; spring semester 3810€.
  • The fee for one credit point is 145 EUR (tuition fee is calculated on basis of ECTS point when student studies part-time and takes less courses tan nominal programme study load).

Financing options

  • Finnish students are eligible for various types of financial assistance from Kela during education.
  • If you are a resident or a holder of a long-term residence permit in the Republic of Estonia you can pay in several instalments by using the Study Investment.



EBS awards the Scholarships to Bachelor, Master´s and Doctoral first-year students, whose previous academic achievements, study motivation, social engagement and ambition are considered particularly worth recognition.  EBS awards scholarships to the applicants, who enrich the learning experience of their fellow students.  


    All the applicants, who have received the positive admission decision (conditional acceptance or acceptance) are considered for outstanding applicants scholarship.


    Criteria for the scholarship:

  • the scholarship is awarded based on the submitted admission application (in DreamApply) and the results of the admission interview. The evaluation criteria: motivation, ambition, argumentation.
  • the scholarship is awarded for one academic year and is the partial or full refund of the tuition fee.
  • No additional application is required


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