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Throughout your online studies, you develop the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s dynamic and competitive ICT environment.

Basic information

  • 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 and digital service development, sales and marketing.

The Business Information Technology programme combines information technology and business management expertise in multiple ways. Along with the basics of business operations and  digital service business, you will learn the basics of requirement analysis, application design, application implementation and testing. As work is becoming more digital, companies need skilled application developers who are familiar with all the phases of software development life cycle.

Programme content

The programme is composed of compulsory core competencies, complementary competencies, job placements and final project/thesis.

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.

Core competence

The compulsory core competencies contain modules that will give you fundamental skills and competencies on the following areas:

  • Business Operations – 30 ECTS
  • Competence in ICT – 30 ECTS
  • Digital Service Business – 30 ECTS
  • Work life competences – 15 ECTS

Complementary competence

Complementary competencies give you the possibility to focus your specialisation in specific fields of BIT that you find interesting and useful. The complementary competencies consist of following study modules:

  • Requirement analysis and User Centric Design - 10 ECTS
  • Implementation of Web and Mobile Applications - 20 ECTS
  • Testing and Quality Assurance - 10 ECTS 

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. 

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Studying in the Business Information Technology programme

Studies in the Business Information Technology programme are fully online. Online workshops and webinars are organized in the evening (Finnish time, GMT+2). This programme is particularly suitable for students who want to study independently, efficiently and independent of time or place. Studies require good personal time management skills and target oriented mindset.

Estimated workload is about 25 hours per week at minimum. During studies, you will get to apply diverse learning methods including videos, e-books, articles, webinars, discussions, multiple choice questions, essays, hands-on training and project work. In practice, studies require daily work. Teachers support your learning process in individual study units and your personal tutor teacher helps you for planning your studies.

All selected students attend a three day orientation at Laurea's Leppävaara campus in Finland. The orientation day will be organized in the beginning of the studies in the fall of 2021.

The programme is designed to be completed in three to three and a half years. However, it is possible to speed up the studies and graduate in two years.

Laurea has flexible RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) procedures in place. In practice, more experienced students can have certain studies or work experience recognized as prior learning and receive credits for it. As an example, if the student has valid industrial certifications, they can be recognized as the part of the personal study plan.

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 you further enhance your competence in an area of your interest. A work placement can be taken in Finland or abroad.
The BIT programme provides you 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.

Internationality in studies

In addition to technical competences, studying in an international group promotes cooperation, interaction and communication skills, much valued by employers.  

Studies in a multicultural student group provide you with important learning experience for future career. This degree programme offers a study path which is useful with respect to employment.

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.

Read more about the tuition fees and grants >>

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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