We know many of our applicants have questions about applying and studying. Especially the part-time programmes cause confusion sometimes. Therefore we decided to gather your most common questions in one place and give you answers! If you are interested in the International Business full-time programme, you can get more information about it in the IB full-time FAQ.
You should also check out IB’s official webpage at www.hamk.fi/ib.
Applying to IB part-time studies
Where can I study international business part-time?
You can study international business in the Valkeakoski campus, where both the full-time and part-time programmes are arranged. There is also a business programme in Finnish in our Hämeenlinna campus, Liiketalous, which offers part-time studies too. HAMK’s door is always open and welcoming new excited students!
How do I apply to HAMK to study part-time International Business?
What are the entrance exams like?
The entrance examination will only be organized in Finland and it is not possible to take the exam in any other country. If you live outside of Finland and are planning to apply to this degree programme, please check from the Embassy of Finland closest to you whether it is possible to get a visa to Finland for travelling to the entrance examinations before submitting your application.
You can find more information about the entrance examinations here.
Studying in IB part-time programme
What are the teachers like in Valkeakoski?
Teachers come from many different countries and they are friendly and supporting. Since our campus is a small one, they know the students individually, and therefore it is easier for them to help students and give them opportunities. They do care about and pay special attention to each of the students.
You can read articles about some of our staff members here.
What are the courses and assignments like?
There are different types of courses, but the main thing is that they are in modules. That means that you have a readymade pack of courses that go together and it is easier and more efficient to study.
Teaching method is close to flipped class room so that the student is able to combine his daily work into given assignments. The study method requires independence as well as the capability of working in teams.
Can I study IB part-time while working? Are there lots of contact lessons?
The part-time studies are specifically meant for people who are in working life. Most of the studies are done online, so you can decide the best studying rhythm that suits you and your work.
There are usually contact lessons once a month in the Friday evenings and on Saturdays.
What other things can I do in addition to the basic courses?
HAMK offers a variety of ways to complete your studies. Some modules offer you interesting chances to go on study trips both in Finland and abroad, and there are many interesting real life projects. We have innovative opportunities for studying, take a look at Amazing Business Train for example!
You can also check the story of Petri, an IB part-time student, whose class organized a golf event as a study project! You can read the story here (only in Finnish, unfortunately).
Do I have to live in Finland to complete the degree?
The programme contains contact lessons in Valkeakoski once a month usually during Friday and Saturday, which you need to participate. So, you don’t necessarily have to live in Finland to complete the degree, if you are able to travel to Valkeakoski once a month.
How good should my English level be?
If you can understand and speak basic English you will manage. There will be some new vocabulary, but you will learn it during your studies with the rest of the students. The most important thing is that you have the courage to speak, even if your English isn’t perfect! And most of us are not native English speakers anyway.
Do I need a lot of international experience or business skills to study in IB?
No, you don’t need any previous experience in business or internationality as long as you are interested in the subjects. A decent level of English and the capability to do some mathematical calculations is enough! We will teach you the rest.
How international are the studies really?
There are students from several different nationalities and backgrounds in the IB part-time programme, so the classes are truly international!
Can I go on exchange in part-time studies?
If you have successfully passed your courses and can agree with your employer about taking a study leave, then off you go! We have about 100 partner schools around the world. You can choose the length of your exchange; the most common lengths are full academic year or half of an academic year. In addition, you can do two exchanges too, half a year in one country and half a year in another!
You can find more information about exchange studies here.
You can also read the story of Teemu here, who is an IB part-time student who spent his exchange period in Spain. (only in Finnish unfortunately)