Degree Programme in Business Information Technology
The Business Information Technology programme combines information technology and business management expertise in multiple ways.
Throughout your online studies, you develop the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s dynamic and competitive ICT environment.
- Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Business Information Technology
- Degree title: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Duration of studies: 210 ECTS, 3,5 years
Laurea’s BIT students have found employment particularly in software development, cyber security and digital service development, sales and marketing.
The Business Information Technology programme combines information technology and business management expertise in multiple ways. It is particularly suitable for students who want to study independently, efficiently and independent of time or place. Online studies require good personal time management skills and target oriented mindset. Estimated workload is about 25 hours per week at minimum.
Online studies in a multicultural student group provide students with important learning experience for future career. The degree programme offers two study paths that are useful with respect to employment. Students can deepen their expertise in cybersecurity or web and mobile development.
The content of the programme
The programme is composed of compulsory foundation studies, specialization studies, job placements and final project/thesis. The compulsory foundation studies contain modules that will give you fundamental skills and competencies on the following areas:
- Business Operations
- Competence in ICT
- Digital Service Business
- Career planning, Project Management, Communication, and Research Methods
Specialization studies consist of two options and you may decide which one you will take:
- Business Oriented Web and Mobile Application Development
The final project/thesis is normally completed at the end of the studies in connection with an organization of the working-life and your IT specialization area.
Job placements will allow you to get working life experiences and extend your skills. We recommend you to complete the job placements in a company of your choice connected with your IT specialization area.
The strengths of the programme
Work is becoming increasingly digital, and international cooperation on the web is becoming more and more important. The BIT online programme efficiently prepares students to respond to the challenges of the future workplace. The students learn the basics of information technology and become familiar with the cyber domain or web and mobile application development depending on the selected study path. In addition to technical competence, studying in an international group promotes cooperation, interaction and communication skills, much valued by employers.
Students graduating from the BIT programme of Laurea, a high-quality university of applied sciences, also receive the valued BBA degree. Every teacher has the required pedagogic qualification, in addition to which they also have extensive workplace and online teaching experience.
Workplace collaboration has a very important role at Laurea, and the BIT programme was developed in close cooperation with our partners in the business world.
The BIT programme works closely with national and international companies including Nixu, Nokia, PaloAlto Networks and Google.
In addition to a range of IT skills, the students learn to understand the basics of business as well as customer-centred development of digital services. This means that they can work in different roles in companies of the industry.
What are the studies like?
The online BIT degree programme is particularly suitable for students who are seeking a flexible option for gaining a BBA degree. The structure of the studies does not require prior knowledge of information technology, but experience of online studies helps you to start your studies smoothly. What counts is the attitude, commitment, high ethics and passion for learning.
The programme is designed to be taken in three to three and a half years. However, it is possible to speed up the studies and graduate in two years. In addition, Laurea has flexible RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) procedures in place. In practice, more experienced students can have certain studies or work experience recognised as prior learning and receive credits for it.
The programme applies diverse learning methods including videos, e-books, articles, webinars, discussions, multiple choice questions, essays and project work. In practice, the studies require committed weekly based study effort. Teachers support your learning process in individual study units and your personal tutor teacher helps you for planning your studies.
Students may be admitted to Laurea’s BIT programme from Finland, the EU, or anywhere in the world. All students enrolled in the programme must participate in a three-day programme launch on Laurea’s Espoo campus.
Work placements and employment
The studies include practical training (approximately five months), which can be taken in one or two parts. The work placements are an important step towards employment, helping students to further enhance their competence in an area of their interest. A work placement can be taken in Finland or abroad.
The BIT programme provides students with a broad range of possibilities for employment. These include jobs requiring profound technical skills as well as jobs in which more general business expertise is required.
Laurea’s BIT students have found employment particularly in web and mobile application development, cyber security consultancy and digital service development, sales and marketing.
Tuition fees and grants
Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.
Tuition fee: €8000/ academic year for non EU/EEA students.
Grants are intended for students paying yearly tuition fee in accordance with the grant fund regulations. The grants are provided to students applying for them provided that the student has completed at least 60 credits of studies that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year ending on 31st July. The size of any grant is to be at most equivalent to 10% of the yearly tuition fee.
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Opportunities for further studies
After completing the Bachelor’s degree, students can apply for Master’s degree programmes in Finland and abroad.
Frequently asked questions about BIT online studies
How much studies take tame on weekly basis?
Estimated workload is about 25 hours per week at minimum and depends strongly on existing competences and prior experience for distance-learning. In practice, your personal counsellor helps you to plan your study plan accordingly.
What equipment do I need for the studies?
You need a personal computer and a fast enough internet connection for the downloading of files, images and videos. You also need a web camera and headset for web meetings.
May I also select courses taught on Laurea campuses?
All study units at Laurea are also available to online students. Similarly, any services available to other students, such as student healthcare, counselling psychologist, special education teacher and student sports services, are also available to online students. Appointments with teachers of the BIT programme can also be made on Laurea’s Leppävaara campus.
How are the equality of students and prevention of cheating taken into account?
Laurea pays particular attention to ensuring that every student learns. In online studies, it is not possible to pass courses by plagiarism. Laurea has zero tolerance of any type of cheating.
I’ll be living outside of Finland during my studies. What time of the day will online lectures or meetings be arranged?
The compulsory lectures and meetings related to the BIT programme will be scheduled so that students can have a job while they study. In practice, this means week nights, applying East European time (EET). All lectures will be recorded, so you can also watch them later.
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