Helsinki School of Business (HELBUS)
Business and Management (B.A.)
**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.
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About The Program
About The University
Min IELTS average: 6.0 (Min Reading: 5.5, Min Writing: 5.5, Min Listening: 5.5, Min Speaking: 5.5)
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English Proficiency Requirement
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Jul 31 Nov 30
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If you are an internatinal student and require a student visa, you cannot apply to this program with your high school certificate. You will need a bachelor degree from your home country.
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 HELBUS offers the most exciting undergraduate business education in Finland. Here are just a few of them:
Student experience is core to a personalised learning experience for HELBUS students. The university 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. HELBUS 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 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 programme 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).
HELBUS is a private business school in Finland founded by Professor Veikko Jääskeläinen, the former rector of Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, and Dr. Kari Jääskeläinen. Veikko has founded several BBA- and MBA-programs around the world and it was his experience that led them to found a private business school. Their decision to do so was groundbreaking in Finland, where higher education has been state owned for most of the past century. In fact, Finnish law does not even recognise private universities, but does not explicitly forbid them either. This did not hold back Kari, who does not leave things undone just because they have not been done before.
Veikko Jääskeläinen is the former rector of Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, today part of Aalto University. During his career in academia he established four BBA- and MBA-programs in Finland, South Korea and Singapore, including the prestigious triple accredited MBA and eMBA programs that are now the crown jewels of Aalto University. “We started the BBA-programme in Mikkeli with just 25 students in the 1980s, taking in basically anyone who applied. Today, there are over 800 applicants each year to Mikkeli,” Veikko notes.
HELBUS has its roots in the early 2000’s, when it operated as an exchange program known as Academy Access, offering semesters abroad in Malaysia. Over 500 students from 40 universities in Europe took part in this program.
During this time, Kari and Veikko observed that an increasing number of students applying for study places in Finnish state business schools could not pass the competitive entrance exams, with just 7-10 % succeeding on average. They wanted to offer an alternative for these gifted and motivated applicants. The years of experience in Malaysia had helped build a strong network in Asia, and Kari believes that HELBUS’ practice of inviting international instructors to deliver modules differentiates it from other universities. Combined with a relatively small class size, HELBUS instructors and staff can offer guidance at an individual level when needed.
HELBUS received accreditation from the largest accrediting organisation in the UK, Pearson in August 2013, after less than a year of operations. In fall 2016, the University of Northampton, UK, approved HELBUS as an institutional partner to deliver degree programmes validated by the University. HELBUS now delivers both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree programme in business and management with degrees awarded by the University of Northampton.