International Business Administration
Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BA)
Workload: 180 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3 years
Pre-Requisites: secondary education
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 9 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
The International business administration curriculum builds up a foundation in all areas of business administration: accounting, banking, business law, economics, finance, marketing, management, entrepreneurship etc. Students will become experts in how to successfully do international business and they have the opportunity to study business environment in the Baltic countries, Scandinavia, Russia, and the EU.
TTÜ School of Business and Governance has been teaching and training students for 75 years and knows what it takes to qualify and compete for the best jobs in today’s world of business. Professors and staff are working hard to ensure the best education that will send graduates off to the best possible future, whether it will be business conducted for others or for setting up new start-ups of their own.
- The most popular programme among international students at Tallinn Tech (more than 20 nationalities in one classroom)
- Largest and most international faculty of business and economics in Estonia
- Possibility to specialise in marketing, finance and accounting
- Many opportunities for start-up businesses and business model competitions
- Opportunity to successfully participate in student exchange programmes in the United States, EU and elsewhere
- Programmes provide a good blend of theoretical knowledge coupled with practical results-oriented training
Some 80% of Estonian top CEOs, public leaders and managers are graduates of TTÜ School of Business and Governance (according to the statistics carried out by Estonian business paper Äripäev). Graduates of TTÜ School of Business and Governance are working as leading specialists in Estonian enterprises as well as abroad, in the European Union and elsewhere. The programme provides the graduates knowledge and skills needed for competent business managers and experts. The career perspectives and opportunities are also present in IT, marketing, finance, governance areas and many others.
It is imperative to the School of Business and Governance that academic trends blend with practical uses. The Bachelor of International Business Administration programme follows this trend and focuses on entrepreneurship, institutions of the EU, theory of organization and management, business ethics, domestic and international business etc. During your studies in International Business Administration at TTÜ School of Business and Governance you have the opportunity to specialize in Marketing or in Finance and Accounting areas.
Educational aims of the curriculum
- Provide broad-based competency corresponding to the bachelor level for acting in the constantly changing domestic and international business activity, in different sectors; create sufficient preconditions for rapid and flexible orientation in everyday business activity and future academic training.
- Provide systematic basic knowledge and skills to ensure generation of preconditions for development of competent business managers and experts.
- Develop understanding of future-focused business organisations as integrated whole with different functions, their co-action and of the economic, social, political-legal and cultural frameworks and their development.
- Teach communication skills needed in international business administration and information and communication technologies.
- Provide skills to explain orally and in writing the specialty related problems and take part in relevant discussions in one_s language of study and in one foreign language.
- Provide social competence in a changing community; create and develop further the lifelong learning attitude.
- Provide instructions how to use acquired knowledge and skills in work and continuing education, and for professional development.
TTÜ School of Business and Governance
Fortunatus Pes Scientiam! - Success through knowledge!
The courses of the School of Business and Governance are taught by both renowned and experienced professors, associate professors, researchers as well as by distinguished and successful business leaders drawn from the Estonian and international business community.The School of Business and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology has been providing business education for 75 years. That makes it the oldest and with its approximately 2000 students also the biggest school in its field in Estonia. The majority of the leaders in the business and economic sector of Estonia are graduates of TTÜ School of Business and Governance. Great career success stories of the School of Business and Governance graduates are mentioned daily in the mass media. The career perspectives and opportunities are not limited to the field of Business Administration, but are also present in IT, Marketing, Finance, Governance and many others.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Motivation letter (0-20 points)
- Online interview (0-20 points)
Threshold at least 9 points in each part - applicants receiving required points get admissions to TTÜ.
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- Describe your professional goals. How does the degree programme you are applying for will support your professional profile?
- Why do you want to study at the TTÜ School of Business and Governance? Why do you apply for the chosen programme? Which of the specializations (marketing or finance and accounting) or courses offered in this programme are particularly beneficial in pursuing your professional goals?
- Why do you think you are the right person for this programme? Previous education, experiences, interests related to international business administration and specializations (marketing, finance and accounting).
- In which way do you intend to contribute to the social, business or political development of your home country once you are in a respective position?
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
During the interview the following aspects will be evaluated:
- Motivation and reasons for choosing the programme;
- Overview of the programme and readiness to learn;
- Professional knowledge;
- English language skills.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
Graduates are working as middle and leading specialists in Estonian enterprises as well as abroad, in the European Union and elsewhere. Many of today's leaders in Estonia and this region are graduates from TTÜ School of Business and Governance. Their knowledge, skills, and experience are recognized in various sectors: from the central bank to ministries and from IT and telecommunication companies to finance and manufacturing industries.
Extensive knowledge enables to build a basis for being engaged in a wide spectrum of specialties or continue studies at the master’s level or take a self-education course in order to re-specialize or be retrained in the future. The practicability of programmes, ensured by cooperation with employers and professional unions, enables a graduate to find a suitable and rewarding job.
"The reason I first came to study in Tallinn University of Technology was the fact that this university provides a truly innovative, friendly and international environment. As a person who comes from a trilingual family background and lived most of her life abroad, I have always been very impressed with how much care and effort the university puts in the education and wellbeing of its international students. After finishing my bachelor degree, I went to Germany for a year to start with my master’s degree. However, I had to realise very soon that I missed the motivating learning environment that TTÜ offers so I made a decision to move back to Tallinn to start with my MBA degree and continue working as the Head of International Affairs of United Nations Association Estonia."
Juliane Jokinen, Finland
Alumna of the International Business Administration
Merle Küttim is the programme director of International business administration programme (BA) since 2017. She has worked as a researcher in the area of business administration at Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) since 2007. She received her master's degree from the University of Tartu, and is pursuing currently her doctoral degree at TTÜ. Her research focuses on knowledge transfer from university to industry, especially the international aspects of it. She has also studied entrepreneurial activity at the population level and in case of specific groups (students, women), and the role of entrepreneurship education in fostering entrepreneurial intentions.
Karin Jõeveer is teaching Basic Finance. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Finance at the Tallinn University of Technology. She has a Ph.D. degree from the Charles University in Prague (CERGE-EI). Before the current job in Tallinn, she worked several years in the United Kingdom – as a lecturer at the Keele University and Queen’s University of Belfast, and as a senior research fellow at the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics. She has broad interests in the field of financial economics. She has studied the firms’ financing decisions and currently she is working on efficiency of financial institutions.
Merle Ojasoo, PhD, is Associate Professor at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) in the School of Business and Governance, teaching business ethics, corporate social responsibility and change management. Her main research interests are ethics of organisations and management. She has published several scientific articles and she has participated in different scientific conferences.
She serves as a member of the editorial board and referee for the many scientific journals and conferences. She has been involved in many international teaching project.
She has worked as vice rector of Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences and as a member of the management board of the Estonian Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences.
Marina Järvis is a chemical engineer, received her Doctoral degree (PhD) from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology and her Master’s degree (M. Phil. in Occupational health science and occupational hygiene) from the University of Bergen in Norway.
Marina is working as Associated Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Tallinn Technical University (TTÜ), teaching for master and bachelor students. She has an extensive experience in training and teaching, being a Lecturer in the field of occupational health and safety management at the TTÜ as well as a teacher in many additional training courses for employers, safety managers, occupational health and safety specialists.
She has more than 10 years of research on working environment, occupational health and Safety management, labour standards, and implementation of EU Directives. She has published over 40 scientific articles. Additionally, she has many times represented Estonia at the international OH&S conferences and participated in relevant EU projects.
Her research interests focus on Safety Management Systems; Knowledge management in occupational health and safety; Quality of working life and wellbeing; Safety culture and Risk Assessment.
Dr Iivi Riivits-Arkonsuo teaches courses in marketing research and e-marketing. She supervises master and bachelor student theses and acts as a member of the thesis examination committee. She wrote her doctoral thesis about how a consumer becomes a brand ambassador. Her research has focused on consumer online behaviour and generations studies. By the side of her work in the academic field, she has been working for marketing research agency.
Kirsti Rumma is a Senior Lecturer in business mathematics, statistics and quantitative methods. She has been working as an upper secondary teacher, lecturer, researcher and analysist in mathematics and mathematics didactics. She has a doctorate from Agder University, Norway, and her research is related to mathematics, mathematics didactics and education in general.
Tarvo Niine, PhD, is an Associate Professor of logistics and supply chain management. He teaches "logistics and inventory management" course. He is also the programme director of bachelor study programme in Business. His main research areas include business, entrepreneurship and engineering education. He has supervised 60+ bachelor and master theses.
Maris Zernand-Vilson is a Lecturer in management. She is teaching currently management, organizational behavior and human resources management. She has defended her PhD in the study of implementation of new management ideas. She has been supervisor for numerous research and graduation papers and has created and conducted executive trainings. She has been active in the field of schoolmasters’ development, leading the community activities and taking part in local government management. By her opinion, the educational renewal is the biggest challenge in the university at the moment and implementation of new learning styles is the most exciting part of job.
- Possibility to study one semester abroad free of charge in one of TTÜ School of Business and Governance's 80 Erasmus partner universities
- Co-operation with Estonian corporate sector and state institutions (main partners are Swedbank, Bank of Estonia, SEB, Nordea, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG etc)
- TTÜ alumni membership; some of the members are in leading positions in Estonian economy and in business, which in turn enables to find business partners in the region
- Possibility to take part in annual student business practicum
- Possibily to use mentors network
- International conferences organized by TTÜ School of Business and Governance
"I am happy to be a student of this well-known university – TTÜ, in an innovative country Estonia. What makes TTÜ especially great is the fact that there are many people studying here from all over the world, this is very interesting and inspirational. I am sure that my time here in TTÜ and Estonia will be one of the most valuable and memorable things in my life".