In the Degree Programme in International Sustainable Business (IB) you will study business in the Arctic Circle in an international group whilst learning how environmental and social factors impact business decisions. Through your studies you will become a business expert who can work innovatively both globally and locally and has an entrepreneur-like approach to the business development. You will learn about the possibilities of establishing a business of your own and creating an individual entrepreneurship path. You will also be able to recognise business opportunities around you. This degree allows you to be employed in various tasks in different fields in business and also in the public sector.
Sustainability is a cross-cutting theme in your studies. Lapland and Arctic region offer an ideal location to study sustainability in a fragile environment. The programme encourages development and implementation of innovative sustainable business ideas in joint projects with businesses, locally and across borders.
You get a strong foundation in business principles such as marketing, financial management, business law, sustainable accounting, business communication and project planning. During your studies you will enhance your knowledge and skills in sustainability and its connection with business. After graduating you will be able to tackle most pressing problems of the world.
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The study environment and co-operation with the working life
The advantage of the programme is its unique environment. You study in an innovative learning environment that combines theory and practice and modern facilities with advanced technologies that support effective learning. You will gain a more concrete approach to the topics studied in projects implemented in close cooperation with local companies and organisations. The programme encourages development and implementation of innovative sustainable business ideas in joint projects with businesses, locally and across borders. Implementation of studies may take multiple forms: in-class studies as well as field activities such as practical training in a company and field trips in the region, an international exchange period and online studies. Students use the Arctic Valley virtual learning environment in business studies.
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Examples of our cooperation with working life:
- Organized visits to local and our partner companies
- Real life collaboration projects with companies
- Events related to working life
- Study units preparing you for working life
- Practical trainings
- Job application and CV workshops
- Various extra curricular and student union activities where you can build your network, e. g. tutoring.
Lapland UAS is an official Goodwill partner of Santa Claus Finland.
Improve your international skills
Studying in English improves your language skills which is a valued skill in working life. Studying in multicultural groups develops your cultural awareness, which is highly valued skill in working life. You will also have a chance to experience internationalization at home through joint study unit implementation and events together with the local students. You can also improve your international skills by studying or doing your practical training abroad. We also hope you to enjoy Lapland so much that you'll stay here after your graduation. Best way to start that journey is to look for an internship at a local company.
During your studies you get the opportunity to learn Finnish.
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Future career prospects
Future career prospects for International Sustainable Business -graduates are excellent. In the International Sustainable Business -programme you get extensive competences in the field of business. After graduation the work possibilities are various. You can work for example as a
- marketing manager
- head of customer relationships
- head of services
- sales negotiator
- project planner
- environmental health & safety (EHS) manager
- sustainability manager.