International Business Administration
Did you know that if someone were to simply pocket a business card handed to them by a Japanese executive or forget it into their meeting place, their mutual business would probably be over for good? Or that the United Kingdom has the longest tax code in the world and it is packed with written and unwritten laws to trip up the entrepreneur?
If you have some mighty business ideas that will most likely be held back by the borders of your home country, come and study the fine nuances of International Business Administration!
NB! The curriculum will be modified in January 2019
Marketing; Finance; Accounting and business intelligence; Entrepreneurship and management
LEVEL OF STUDYBachelor’s
STUDY LOAD180 ECTS (view curriculum)
MODE OF STUDYFull-time study
The curriculum of International Business Administration provides students with the knowledge of essential functionalities of an international companies: management, marketing, logistics, accounting, and financial management.
As your future course mates are from different countries, you will get to know different cultures and hone your English language skills. All the teaching is carried out in English and comprises lectures and practical seminars. Several classes are read by guest professors working in their field. Students will also visit different companies.
After acquiring fundamental business knowledge, students are free to specialise in either marketing, finance, accounting and business intelligence, and entrepreneurship and management.
Specialisation in marketing
In marketing, you will learn the basics of the field and get to know different theoretical viewpoints. You will see how to increase the competitive advantages of an international company with the help of marketing. You will learn the ways to manage marketing, e-marketing, consumer behaviour, market research and planning, and marketing communication.
The world of marketing has extensively evolved in complexity with the advances of new technology. How do you know if a product, service or message stands out to a particular audience? You do Market Research. What is content marketing? Who uses Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and buys ad spaces on popular keywords? What is direct marketing, database marketing, social media marketing, and guerrilla marketing? The list goes on and on…A Marketing specialisation will help equip you with the foundational knowledge and training needed to succeed in reaching target customers.
Specialisation in finance
If you select this field of study, you will learn how to comprehend business in financial terms. You will learn to interpret the information in a company’s financial report and to make meaningful and productive managerial decisions based on it. You will get acquainted with the basic terms and theories of financial management and finance in general. You will gain knowledge of financing, investments, cash flow, and risk management and how to implement these ideas in practice.
Specialisation in accounting and business intelligence
In accounting and business intelligence, you will get to know the foundations of analysing securities and factors that shape the value of a company. You will learn various methods of analysing financial data and summarising and reporting your findings. You will also learn the legal framework behind accounting and taxation, principles of management and cost accounting, financial analysis, and business intelligence.
Specialisation in entrepreneurship and management
This specialisation combines knowledge and skills for starting your own enterprise or managing an already existing one. You will learn about start-up entrepreneurship and innovation as well as get acquainted with management and leadership, personnel management, project management and functioning principles of different companies. You will develop a profound understanding of entrepreneurial behaviour and your own entrepreneurial intentions, of solving conflicts, negotiating, and motivating others.
Courses in Management provide an overview of the essence of organisations: their management, human behaviour within different organisations and how to efficiently run the work of a company. You will develop your managerial and teamwork skills as well as various social competences in specific positions, thus creating a foundation for working in leading managerial positions in the future.
In these subjects, you will get to know the role of marketing as a tool to increase the competitive advantage of a company. The development of teamwork and social skills, both crucial in business, is an inseparable part of marketing. After passing the marketing subjects, the student is ready to work in commercial organisations in positions responsible for marketing and logistics.
Provide an overview of the principles and methods of financial accounting, the reporting requirements, as well as the finance theory and financial indicators. After completing the accounting courses you will be familiar with the tax system, the fundamental provisions of tax laws and the principles of taxation. You will also learn to analyse corporate financial statements and simpler investment projects.
Upon passing these courses, you will get the knowledge of financial management and financial analysis necessary to be able to use the acquired skills in the future. During your courses on finance, you will learn the theoretical standpoints and aspects of financing, investments, cash flows, financial modelling and risk management.
The 3 year (180 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:
- General studies (18 ECTS)
- Core studies
- Economics theory (30 ECTS)
- Main competencies in business (54 ECTS)
- Special studies (60 ECTS)
- Accounting and business intelligence
- Entrepreneurship and management
- Free choice courses (6 ECTS)
- Graduation thesis (12 ECTS)
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 TalTech University (TalTech) since 2007. She received her master's degree from the University of Tartu, and is pursuing currently her doctoral degree at TalTech. 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 TalTech University. 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 TalTech University (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, TalTech University 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, TalTech University (TalTech), 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 TalTech 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.
In the global economy, companies become heavily interdependent in their commercial activities. Talented people, who can understand the specifics of international business and can integrate supply chain elements from different corners of the world, are in high demand.
Who will you become after graduation?
TalTech's School of Business and Governance prepares managers and specialists with extensive knowledge of economy and business for international companies and the public sector. Therefore, you will have the prerequisites to work in the field of marketing, finance, accounting and human resources of international companies all over the world. A strong international marketing background also gives you the opportunity to find a job in export management. You can, of course, start your own company and determine its development yourself. There is also always the possibility to continue business education at the master’s level and to specialise even more in your chosen field of studies.
"The reason I first came to study in TalTech University 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 TalTech 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
Secondary school diploma or equivalent
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 International Business Administration programme support your professional life? Which of the specializations is particularly beneficial in pursuing your professional goals? Why do you want to study in Estonia and at the TalTech School of Business and Governance? (0-2 points)
- Do you work or study? For how long have you been working and what have been your tasks? What kind of education have you completed or are acquiring at the moment? How many years have passed since your last training course at school, university, etc.? Have you any other academic achievements, i.e. participating in contests or Olympiads? Describe your language skills. (0-2 points)
- Describe your experiences, knowledge and skills related to business. Have you taken part in any school projects, competitions, online courses, lectures or red on your own books, articles, followed newspapers on the topic? Have you worked in family business or created your own start-up? (0-2 points)
- Describe your international experiences. Have you studied, worked or lived abroad or travelled to foreign countries? What have you learned from these experiences? (0-2 points)
- What are your interests and social activities? (0-2 points)
NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.
Grading scale: 0-10
Positive result 5-10 points
- The candidate has an interest in learning International Business Administration and is able to elaborate his/her career choice intentions and explain the reasons behind it based on personal interests and/or experiences. The candidate is familiar with the International Business Administration programme structure and overall content. The candidate is familiar with the TalTech and School of Business and Governance, with the overall organisation of studies and university’s profile in terms of size and academic fields, its international activities, and campus.
- The candidate is able to discuss his/her studies and/or work history by comparing different experiences and lessons learned. Participating successfully in contests or Olympiads adds extra points. The candidate is also able to give an overview of his/her language skills, how these were developed and to what extent foreign languages (esp. English) are practiced every day.
- The candidate is able to demonstrate and analyse his/her previous experiences, knowledge and skills in the area of business. These might range from visiting business related lectures and reading books and newspapers to practical experiences like setting up a student company or working for family business.
- The candidate is able to provide an overview of his/her international experiences and of lessons learned (communication skills, language skills, independence, etc.). These might include studying/working/doing sports abroad or living abroad/travelling with one’s family.
- The candidate is able to elaborate his/her interests and social activities and knowledge/ skills these have developed (public speaking, communication, teamwork, planning, independence and responsibility, etc.).
Negative result 0-4 points
- The candidate has an interest in learning International Business Administration, but is not able to elaborate in detail his/her career choice intentions, explain the reasons behind these and discuss the role completing the programme has in it. The candidate is only to some extent familiar with the International Business Administration programme structure and content. The candidate is little familiar with TalTech and School of Business and Governance, with the overall organisation of studies, university’s profile in terms of size and academic fields, its international activities, and campus.
- The candidate is able to list his/her studies and/or work history, but is not able to compare the different experiences and lessons learned. The candidate has not participated successfully in contests or Olympiads. The candidate is able to list foreign languages, but is not able to explain how these were acquired and to what extent foreign languages (esp. English) are practiced every day.
- The candidate is able to list his/her previous experiences, knowledge and skills in the area of business, but not compare those and explain how these have led to the decision to study international business administration.
- The candidate is able to list his/her international experiences, but not analyse the lessons learned and relate these to studying in TalTech.
- The candidate is able to list his/her interests and social activities, but not analyse the knowledge/ skills these have developed and how these might be useful in the area of business.
Moodle online test is to evaluate candidate's secondary school mathematics.
You have 30 minutes to complete the test consisting of 10 questions and including multiple choice and single answer questions.
Grading scale: 0-10
During the interview the following aspects will be evaluated:
- Motivation and reasons for choosing the programme and university, future career plans (0-2 points);
- Overview of the programme and readiness to learn (0-2 points);
- Knowledge, skills and experiences (business, mathematics, English) (0-2 points);
- Working and/or studying, achievements and interests (0-2 points);
- International experiences (0-2 points).
Grading scale: 0-10
Positive result 5-10 points
- The candidate is able to explain the reasons for choosing the International business administration programme and TalTech based on his/her interests and previously acquired competencies. The candidate has a detailed understanding of his/her future career and how the programme his/she is applying for contributes to the career choice intentions.
- The candidate is familiar with the International business administration programme, its structure and content. The candidate is able to discuss the essence of the specialisations and area-specific employment opportunities, the benefits of choosing one of the specialisations and relate it to his/her career choice intentions.
- The candidate is able to elaborate and analyse his/her knowledge, skills and experiences (business, mathematics, English), discuss his/her strengths and weaknesses, and ways of overcoming these.
- The candidate is able to elaborate his/her international experiences, and how these might contribute to learning at TalTech.
Negative result 0-4 points
- The candidate is not able to explain the reasons for choosing International business administration programme and TalTech based on his/her interests and previously acquired competencies. The candidate has a general understanding of his/her future career and is not able to explain how the programme his/she is applying for contributes to the career choice intentions.
- The candidate is only to some extent familiar with the International business administration programme, its structure and content. The candidate is not able to explain the meaning of specialisations and area-specific employment possibilities, the benefits of choosing one of the specialisations and relate it to his/her career choice intentions.
- The candidate is not able to elaborate and analyse his/her knowledge, skills and experiences (business, mathematics, English), discuss his/her strengths and weaknesses, and ways of overcoming these.
- The candidate is not able to elaborate his/her international experiences, and how these might contribute to learning at TalTech.
Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. Online test and online interview will be conducted only with candidates who have passed the threshold of the motivation letter. An applicant who receives a combined score (average) of minimum 5 points for online test and online interview is admitted.
Please note that although there are no formal subject prerequisites, we assume that you have passed Mathematics subject at the high school level.
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