Do you want to work with international business, in Sweden or abroad? On the international business programme you will learn how to establish, maintain, and develop business relations in an international context.
This dynamic programme gives you a solid bachelor of science in business administration with specialisation in international business. It also offers a special focus on the world’s most interesting areas of growth, like China, India, Latin America, and the African continent. The main field of study is business administration, and courses in organisation, marketing, entrepreneurship, and management control are combined with the profile subject international business studies that deal with historical, economic, and political aspects relating to international business activities. There are also courses in international economics, statistics, and commercial law. Theoretical frameworks and tools are integrated with insights from and interaction with practices concerning professional international sales, purchase, and business development that will be of direct use for you in your future professional life. Experience-based learning takes place in an exciting and stimulating international study environment since a mix of Swedish and international students are admitted to the programme.
The programme prepares you for work in small as well as large international companies. A potential future job can be to lead a company’s international venture as marketing or sales manager, import/export manager, product manager, or entrepreneur. Other potential future titles are business developer, project manager, export sales officer, purchaser, key account manager, head financial officer, and marketing director.
Bachelor of Science with specialisation in International Business (Main field of Study: Business Administration).
We’re Michelle and Nellie, and we are currently in Thailand conducting our bachelor thesis on female international entrepreneurship. We got the opportunity to come here because we received the MFS-scholarship. We have now been in the field for 8 weeks interviewing Thai female business owners and during this week we’ll show you what we have been up to 🇹🇭🌞
The language of tuition is English. In this way, you will become prepared not only for a national career but also for a career in international contexts. Further opportunities for internationalisation are offered through a semester abroad at one of our many partner universities across the world. As a student on the international business programme, you also have the opportunity to study your final year at Berner Fachhochschule in Switzerland, or you can choose to study your final semester and an extra semester at ISM Vilnius in Lithuania to get a “double degree” – an extra degree in addition to the one you obtain from the international business programme.
Learning how companies are established on the global market
Victoria chose to study the programme because of her great interest in travelling and, therefore, has her aim set on an international career. Studying business in English was something that felt attractive to her.
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Why did you choose to study international business?
I chose to study the programme since I’ve always had a great interest in travelling and have always dreamt about having the world as my place of work. The opportunity to study abroad or do an internship abroad motivated me, but also the good opportunities to get to work abroad, or in Sweden at an international company, after completing my studies.
What is interesting about the programme?
I think the programme is quite unique since it is one of few business programmes in Sweden that have this specific international specialisation and, what is more, it is in English. The programme is very broad but also gives you the opportunity to specialise on what you think is particularly interesting. You will learn the fundamentals of business administration but also take courses in everything from entrepreneurship to international commercial law, which results in a very solid base for your future professional life or continued studies. I took the opportunity to travel to Warsaw for a semester of exchange studies and also wrote my bachelor’s thesis in Uganda – all the opportunities are there, you just have to seize them.
How have you been engaged in student life?
Partly through Kalmar ESS, the student association for business and economics students, where I was a member of the board during my first year. This gave me the opportunity to visit conferences at other universities all over Sweden, where hundreds of business students meet to network and exchange experiences. I’ve also taken part in Juniorledarskapsakademin at Linnaeus University, which offers a number of courses in leadership – a fantastic opportunity if you want to strengthen your CV and your leadership skills for your future professional career.
Have you enjoyed living in Kalmar?
My three years in Kalmar have been fantastic. I’ve made friends for life and the city offers everything a student city should offer. What I truly like about Kalmar is that I came here with no expectations on student life but was so very positively surprised when I was met by all these organised activities and such great commitment from other students. I felt at home already during the first two weeks of introduction and after that I just wanted to become more engaged.
What are you going to do next?
Now that I’ve obtained my degree, I will continue my studies in Sydney for another six months, yet another opportunity that I got through Linnaeus University. After that, I hope that I’ll land an exciting job at a large international company, were I would like to work with sustainable enterprising.
In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.
The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!