Are you interested in a career in an international environment? During your studies you’ll have the opportunity to do an international internship and the opportunities for studies abroad are very good. After your studies you will have the competence and qualifications to work with international business related tasks in companies, organizations or in the public sector. The programme is offered by the AACSB accredited Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics.
"The most interesting thing that I have learned is how to do group work as a team with people from different backgrounds."
"It is very international since we have people from all over the world enrolled in our programme on a full-time basis, but also a good number of exchange student"
"It’s so interesting to listen to different international student’s perspectives while in group discussions or in seminars on a given topic."
During the first three semesters in the program you take courses in business administration, statistics, economic history and economics. You then make a choice between business administration or economics as your main field of study, depending on which subject that interests you the most. In addition you study law and have the choice of elective courses. You are able to include studies abroad or an international internship in the program.
During the program you will meet students from different parts of the world, which means that you get to know and understand other cultures. If you take advantage of the opportunities for studies abroad and international internship then you will gain experience of studying as well as working in an international environment.
Business as a main field of study concerns the company and stakeholders around the company such as consumers, employees, suppliers and financiers. The subject also touches upon regulations concerning the company's operations such as accounting rules. Before the fourth semester you choose which subject within business administration that you wish to immerse in. It might be accounting, finance, marketing, management or business development. You can choose to specialize only in one subject or you can choose among courses in more specializations in order to create a broader education.
Economics is a main field of study that deals with how to allocate the resources we have. It's about how consumers and producers act, but also how economies work. It deals with things like what creates economic growth and international trade, why there is unemployment, how the financial and housing markets work, how we are affected by taxes, what means we can use to not over overexploit our natural resources and much more. If you choose economics, then we offer courses on a wide spectrum of topics and you have the possibility of studying for example financial economics on both basic and advanced level.
Within the International Business Programme you have the opportunity to do an internship for ten weeks in Sweden or abroad. This possibility is only available at a few business schools in the country. The internship gives you a good opportunity to put theoretical knowledge and experience into practice and show off your skills to potential employers. As a student you arrange your internship position yourself. This way you are able to find an internship position that meets your expectations and provides more opportunities for you to use the internship as an entry to the labour market.
Studying abroad is not only fun and challenging for you as a student but also a welcomed experience with future employers. Internationalization is an important area for us and we are working continuously to offer you as a student many opportunities for an adventure in Europe or further away on another continent. In our programs you therefore have the opportunity for studies abroad for a semester or two.
We have about 70 partner universities, chiefly in Europe, but also in Brazil, India, China, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, and China - all of them selected especially for our students. Students who would like to study farther away can avail themselves of Umeå University's global agreement offering an opportunity to study in North America, Oceania, and Asia.
We have worked with sustainability in our education for many years by emphasizing social and environmental aspects as important complements to the economic perspective. Questions around sustainability get a whole lot bigger attention in today's firms and organizations and we lifted these questions up early in our educational programs. We are certified by the environmental management system ISO-14001 and we are members of the international networks PRME and GBSN.
The business school collaborates in many different ways with companies and organizations. As a student you might perhaps do an internship at one of our corporate partners. Professionals outside the university come to us as guest lecturers and teachers. Our researchers will in turn contribute with new knowledge to society. A group of advisors consisting of corporate and community representatives are also linked to the business school and they contribute with their knowledge and experience.
International Business Administration 30 hp.
Statistics for Business and Economics 15 hp, International Economic History 15 hp.
Economics 30 hp.
Choice of main field of study; business administration or economics where you from your fifth semester choose your specialisation. Within business administration you are able to choose accounting, marketing, finance, management or business development. You will take courses in law and elective courses where you can choose e.g. the international internship or studies abroad.
Specialisation in business administration or economics, 30 hp, depending on your main field of study.
Degree project in business administration or economics, 30 hp, depending on your main field of study.
After studying the International Business Programme you will be able to work with international business related tasks in companies, organisations or in the public sector. You will have a great experience of international and cultural exchange and you are comfortable with expressing yourself in English, both spoken and written. You will have the skills to work with e.g. marketing, management, strategic development, economics, accounting or finance in an international environment.
Graduating from the International Business Programme can lead to many interesting positions depending on the main field of study and specialization that you chose. Some examples are: Project Manager, Economic Analyst, Account Manager, Project Coordinator, Research Analyst, Marketing Manager, Business Controller, Business Consultant, Financial Advisor, Management Consultant, Researcher, Economist et cetera.
The programme gives you eligibility for advanced and post-graduate studies in business administration.