International Business Programme180 credits
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 are accredited
The School of Business and Economics at Linnaeus University are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; AACSB.
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 to get a “double degree” – an extra degree in addition to the one you obtain from the international business programme.
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Aumarin works with influencer marketing
Aumarin wanted to study business, but was not entirely sure what exactly. After having spent a couple of years abroad, it became clear that International business was the perfect match. During her studies, she seized every opportunity to make the most of her study years; like studying abroad, carrying out field studies in a development country, and contributing to student life through student associations. Now, six months after graduating, she works as eCommerce Marketing Associate at Mighty Solo – a newly-launched clothing brand for sportswear.
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Became involved during her studies
“I really wanted to make the most of my studies and tried to seize the opportunities that presented themselves, relating to my studies. I joined Juniorledarskapsakademin [Junior Leadership Academy], a collaboration that offers lectures and workshops that can prove valuable for your vision to become a leader. I also took part in the introduction for new students arranged by the student business association, where I met a person who has now become one of my very best friends! Later on I also got a summer job at IKEA and a job there on the side of my studies, which was good for future career opportunities, but also in order to earn some extra cash during my studies”.
A passion for K-pop made Aumarin travel to South Korea for exchange studies
“I had a great passion for K-pop and was, I have to admit, kind of nerdy. Therefore, when I got the opportunity to apply for exchange studies I applied to a university in Seoul, South Korea. That was an amazing experience! I came to realise how much we are all affected by or cultural backgrounds, which is incredibly important to be aware of in order to be able to show respect towards other people”.
Chose to do field studies in Nepal
“As preparation for my degree project, I applied for a Minor Field Studies scholarship. This meant that I got the opportunity to travel abroad to carry out a field study in a development country. A friend of mine and I travelled to Nepal where we wrote a paper on social entrepreneurship. We wanted to study what characteristics and driving forces are typical for the social entrepreneur”.
Now works at the start-up company Mighty Solo with influencer marketing
“I now work for a corporate group called Orange Sky with a new brand called Mighty Solo. Orange Sky is an e-commerce company that started its business a few years ago by launching headphones and has since expanded with three more brands. I work with influencer marketing for their sportswear brand. The idea is that we market our products by having influencers present them in their channels. To start with, I was a bit hesitant about working at a relatively small company, but I came to realise that I will be able to grow with the company. I think it’s quite cool to be part of all processes of the company’s activities, which in this stage are very entrepreneurial”.
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.
Kalmar – the student city by the sea
In Kalmar centre, right next to the sea, you will find the university’s facilities that were inaugurated in August 2021. In Kalmar, everything is nearby, and you can take your bicycle to the university regardless of where you live in the city.
New students have housing guarantee. This means that you are entitled to student accommodation within two months. This is one of the reasons for Kalmar being appointed Student City of the Year 2023 by the Swedish National Union of Students. Kalmar has also received the award because the city offers students an excellent living environment. What is more, the city works actively to create opportunities for students to stay in Kalmar to work when they have completed their studies.
Kalmar municipality has about 70 000 inhabitants. Kalmar has a strong trade and industry with many companies that are on the forefront in green energy, e-commerce, and eHealth, which means there is good opportunity to establish contacts for your future work life.
Kalmar has a cultural history centre and has been named Sweden’s Summer City several times. No wonder, with all the hours of sun, beaches and concerts. What is more, the island of Öland is just one bridge away.