At HELBUS Helsinki School of Business, you can now earn your Bachelor of Arts in Business and Management -degree at an accelerated pace whilst studying in an international environment. There are many reasons why we believe that we offer the most exciting undergraduate business education in Finland. Here are just a few of them:
- The student experience is core to what we do aiming to provide a personalised learning experience for our students. Our staff are friendly and take pride in supporting students throughout their academic journey from guiding applicants to graduation and alumni activities.
- Courses are delivered by our inspiring team of international teaching faculty, most of whom have PhDs and wide teaching experience in their fields of expertise. Our learning environment is engaging and interactive and aims at challenging your thinking and build your confidence for all your future endeavours.
- Although you will study in Finland, you will earn your degree (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Management) from the University of Northampton (UoN), a well-known university in England with roots dating to the 13th century. UoN takes pride in having achieved a 95 % employability rate of its graduates for the last five years and was awarded a Gold standard for the Teaching Excellent Framework in the UK.
- All studies are delivered and assessed in English, which will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in international business.
- The study programme is very intense, but you will also be able to see regular progress in your studies. The entire Bachelor’s will take six terms to complete. As there are three terms per academic year, it will take just two calendar years to complete the three-year studies in the full-time programme. This is remarkably fast compared to the programming speed of comparable programmes.
- Normally, state universities offer no qualification after two years of study. At HELBUS, you will earn your first internationally recognised diploma already after two years of studies (Higher National Diploma), before continuing to your third year.
- You can complete the first two years either in the full-time mode with classes five days a week, or fully online, with virtual evening classes and a longer completion cycle. The online programme offers more flexibility for students who wish to work alongside their studies. The third year is currently offered in the full-time delivery mode with classes scheduled for the mornings.
- With the BA (Hons) in Business and Management, you can apply for Master’s programmes continuing at HELBUS or anywhere in the world, or start your career in international business.
The curriculum at HELBUS has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to succeed in international business. In years one and two, you will develop a strong foundation in diverse areas of business and management, such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, human resource management and organisational behaviour, and learn how these are integrated within the wider the business environment. In your third year, you will expand on these competencies and deepen your theoretical and practice knowledge in the core fields, while simultaneously advancing your individual and group skills.
In the first two years, you will earn 240 UK credits (equivalent to 120 ECTS) – over 15 modules. In the third year, you will study an additional six modules worth 120 UK credits. Overall, the BA (Hons) degree will consist of 360 UK credits (equivalent 180 ECTS credits).
- Business and the Business Environment
- Marketing Essentials
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
- Human Resource Management
- Management and Operations
- Innovation and Commercialisation
- Management Accounting
- Managing a Successful Business Project
- Launching a New Venture
- Organisational Behaviour
- Research Project Parts I & II
- Pitching and Negotiation Skills
- Developing Individuals, Teams, and Organisations
- International Marketing
- Sales Management
- Accounting and Finance for Managers
- Business Communication
- Business Project
- Principles of Marketing Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Strategic Management
Do you have a dream job but would like to advance your career by earning a Bachelor’s degree? Do you have a lifestyle that requires a lot of travelling and hence a flexible study plan?
The study content is the same in both delivery modes, full time and online. The online programme – requires more time-management and independent study skills as the full-time programme, as it is more independent learning. Although you will have peers, you rarely meet with them, as they are likely to work full-time or live elsewhere. Also, your engagement with instructors will be online.
Online meetings normally take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Finnish time. Each unit lasts for seven weeks, so unlike in the full-time programme, there is some overlap between units. There are no studies over the summer term, so this delivery mode takes longer to complete compared to the full-time programme (3 years for the Bachelor’s degree).
You will need a laptop or other device with an internet connection to engage with the learning materials provided online and to participate in the online meetings. All lectures are recorded in advance, allowing you to watch them weekly whenever is the best time for you.
Delivery mode in the third year
Once you enter the third year of the online programme, you will have two choices: you can transfer to the full time (classroom) programme or you can continue online in one of our partner universities.
As the third year full-time option lectures take place in the mornings, it offers students the opportunity to work in the afternoons. All modules are taught across two terms, following the University of Northampton schedules of delivery and assessment.
Instructors are experienced higher education professionals either with a Finnish or international background.
In the online programme, meetings are held in the evenings, normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the online virtual learning environment. Third-year modules are delivered across two terms from January to June on campus.
If you have any of the following secondary education qualifications, you are eligible to apply to HELBUS:
- Education abroad that would provide eligibility for academic higher education studies in that particular country
- International Baccalaureate examination
- European Baccalaureate examination
- Reifeprüfung examination
- Finnish matriculation examination
- Vocational secondary education with a minimum duration of three years in Finland, or a vocational adult education qualification
If you are completing your matriculation or IB exam in the spring, you can still submit an application and receive a conditional admission offer. The offer will be made unconditional after you receive your final diploma.
How to Apply?
HELBUS admissions are based on essay questions and interviews gauging your motivation, strengths, and future career aspirations. We look for applicants who can provide balanced and well-thought arguments in their essay questions and demonstrate the level of communication required in higher education studies.
Applying is easy. Simply fill in the application form and upload scanned copies of your upper secondary school diplomas and other required documents. You can save your application and return to complete it at any time. Remember to hit “submit” when you have completed everything.
When to apply?
You can apply throughout the year. The available start dates and application deadlines depend on your background, as more time will be needed to apply for a residence permit.
What documents do you need to apply?
The minimum entry requirements for Bachelor’s studies are similar across most applicant groups, but the documentation required varies.
The tuition fees for Finnish, other EU/EEA and non-EU students are the same in the undergraduate programmes, although payment schedules differ due to the government policy on student residence permits.
The tuition fee in the Bachelor of Arts programme that starts in September 2019 (online programme), euros:
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Non-EU students can opt to follow the EU students’ payment schedule if studying in the online programme from their home country. The third-year studies are offered only full-time and require presence in Finland, which is why non-EU students who take part in the third year of their studies must pay the third year’s tuition fees before coming to Finland.
- The tuition fees include a wide range of e-learning resources, but if the student wants their own textbook it will be procured at own cost.
- All students should have a laptop with MS Office and an internet connection.
- Tuition fees include the value-added tax (VAT). If the government increases the tax from the current 24 %, the tuition fees will increase respectively. If the VAT is reduced, or abolished fully or partially, there will be no reduction in the tuition fee.
- Confirmation fee: HELBUS may charge a one-time confirmation fee (300-500€ depending on the programme) before the start of studies to secure your study place. By paying the confirmation fee, you will confirm your acceptance of the study place. The fee will be reimbursed in the first tuition fee payment. If you do not start your studies, the paid confirmation fee will not be reimbursed.
- Cancellation fee policy: You can cancel your participation to the programme by email before the start of a new term. However, tuition fees that have already been paid will not be returned. Your tuition fee payment will be returned to the payer only if you are not given a residence permit by the Finnish Immigration Service and inform HELBUS about this decision.
- If the student must retake a unit in the next year, or transfer to the online programme for a given unit, a 200-250 euro retake/transfer fee will be administered per unit. In the third year, the retake and deferral fee is 817 euros per module. Details are found in the written contract signed by the student at the beginning of studies.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any scholarships.
- If attending the full-time programme, you should budget at least €1.000 per month for living costs in Helsinki, although this cost will depend on your accommodation and lifestyle.
Why does HELBUS have tuition fees?
As HELBUS is a private university, it receives no state support. HELBUS funds its operations entirely through tuition fees.
The good news is that by studying with HELBUS it is likely that your overall cost for the Bachelor’s degree will be lower than if you studied the three years in the UK! In the UK EU citizens normally pay at least €35.000 for the tuition of three years, whereas in HELBUS your tuition fee for an undergraduate degree will be below €30.000.
An academic degree is an investment in yourself and your future. Research in Finland has shown that a university degree will increase a Finn’s lifetime net earnings by an average of €312.000 compared to someone who does not have a degree. You will graduate more quickly than your peers in traditional universities, and thereby start recouping your investment earlier.
Are you an international student considering spending a term in Finland? Are you a free mover, who would like to study outside an official exchange programme? Congratulations on your choice! A semester abroad will transform your thinking about the globalising world and your role in it. Finland is by many measures one of the most successful countries in the world, and spending a semester here will open your mind to how things are done the Finnish way.
The HELBUS Semester Abroad programme for inbound students is flexible in many ways. You can start your studies either as a new term starts or at any other time and include up to four courses in your Semester in Finland programme. Please note that your home institution will decide whether the credits you earn at HELBUS are transferable.
Currently, we offer the exchange programme at levels 4 and 5 (the first and the second year of studies). These modules are part of the Higher National Diploma in Business (HND) and accredited by Pearson. You will receive a Pearson certificate for the modules you have successfully completed. If you are interested in joining our partner University of Northampton’s final year degree programme, we do consider applications directly to the third year if you have completed two years of undergraduate studies in business, or qualification such as HND.
The HELBUS curriculum consists of core business management courses. The course schedule will help you plan your stay in Finland. The first four terms of the HELBUS programme is delivered in intensive modules five days a week. Each module lasts for three weeks. Each module is worth 15 UK credits (equivalent to 7,5 credits ECTS).