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Structure, Content and Extent of the Degree Programme, curriculum 2016

Structure, Content and Extent of the Degree Programme, curriculum 2016

The bachelor’s degree consists of 210 credit points. The basic studies compulsory for all include studies of 100 credit points, professional studies 50, free-choice studies 15, work placement 30 and thesis15 credit points. The structure of Haaga-Helia International Business programme is based on this frame work. It ensures also graduation within the target time to the students.

Degree Programme Structure
Basic Studies including 25 cr language studies (compulsory for all students) 100 cr
Specialisation Studies 50 cr
Free-choice Studies 15 cr
Work Placement 30 cr
Thesis 15 cr
TOTAL 210 cr

The studies include 25 credit points of communication and language studies. All students study 5 credit points Business English Communication. Foreign degree students have 15 credit points Finnish language studies as a compulsory part of their studies. Finnish degree students study 5 credit points Business Swedish. On the basis of the diagnostic Swedish language test, a separate brush-up course in Swedish is recommended before the Business Swedish course. In addition, all students choose a third language (10 credit points) either at an advanced or beginner’s level among the selection of language studies.

On the basis of the results in the mathematics exam in the entrance examination or the diagnostic test in the beginning of the studies a separate pre-algebra course is offered to the students to ensure success in the business mathematics and statistical methodology studies.

Pedagogic Solutions

The programme incorporates a diverse range of teaching styles and formats that support learners, but it also encourages individual responsibility to take command of learning and to specialise in areas of personal professional interest. GLOBBA develops skills and increases knowledge, but foremost it builds competencies – the ability to apply skills and knowledge. Transcending the program on all levels is a professional attitude embodying entrepreneurial spirit, embracing cultural diversity, incorporating new technology and reflecting on continuous improvement.

Learning takes place in varying combinations of contact-based tuition, virtual learning, independent and team study as well as projects done by either exploring businesses or collaborating with business organisations. The international student body and the international semester allow the student to gain authentic multicultural understanding and competencies. Courses rely on a combination of student-centred and instructor-facilitated learning methods. Interactive lectures support class discussions, individual assignments, problem-based learning and team projects. Hands-on, entrepreneurial projects with Haaga-Helia's partners require students to develop competencies in project management, digitalisation, negotiation, service and sales. Students improve their oral and written English skills through discussions and team presentations as well as written assignments and project reports. These pedagogical solutions facilitate the development of competencies required for successful international careers.

Multicultural Learning

When studying in the Haaga-Helia International Business Programme students have several opportunities to include multicultural dimensions in their degree studies. About one half of the students in the programme come outside Finland. They represent over 60 different nationalities. Annually more than 150 exchange students study in the programme. The large international student community at  Haaga-Helia offers a natural daily platform for multicultural learning. Learning of multicultural communication and business knowledge is based on the vast expertise of the Haaga-Helia teaching staff. The full-time lecturers represent several different nationalities. In addition, visiting guest lecturers from Haaga-Helia’s international partner institutions give frequently lectures in the programme. In the full-time day programme students with the Finnish educational background must include either an exchange study period or work placement abroad in their degree studies. The wide network of international partner institutions all over the world helps all degree students find a suitable university for an exchange semester or two semester long double degree studies.