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Throughout your 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, data security, system management, digital service development, sales and marketing.

The BIT degree programme, starting for the first time at Laurea, was designed as an online programme from the very beginning. The 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 in an international environment provide students with important learning experience for their future career. The degree programme offers multiple study paths that are useful with respect to employment. Students can deepen their expertise in fields such as cybersecurity, digital marketing or web development.

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 most important systems. 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 content of the programme aims to develop the type of competence demanded by employers, which promotes employment opportunities for Laurea students. Laurea’s BIT programme is a combination of information technology and business management expertise.

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, for reasons due to their job or situation in life, cannot attend ordinary daytime studies on Laurea campuses. The programme starts from the basics of information technology. The pace of the studies is planned so that students do not need preliminary special knowledge of information technology. What counts is the attitude as well as the ability to learn.

The programme is designed to take from 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. This means that more experienced students can have certain studies or work experience recognised as prior learning and receive credits for it. 

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.

The programme includes compulsory basic studies, which cover the basics of information technology and business management. Later on, in-depth competence can be developed even through collaboration projects with business world partners. 

See the curriculum

Work placements and employment

The studies include 30 credits’ worth of 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, abroad or online.

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 software development, data security, system management, digital service development, sales and marketing.

Additional application 13th - 27th May 2019

Are you still looking for a study place for autumn 2019? An additional application period for the Bachelor's degree programme in Business Information Technology (online degree) will take place 13th - 27th May 2019. The application form will close on the last application day at 15:00.

This online degree programme will suit you well if:

  • you have full time job OR if you are a fresh high school graduate and you are willing to pursue a BBA degree via distance learning
  •  you have a previous degree in a non-IT field, and you want to upgrade skills and competencies to stay competitive in a modern job market
  •  you are currently working in BBA/IT related roles, but you don’t have a formal higher-education degree

To apply,

  • fill in the degree programme´s additional application form in
  • upload your high school graduation certificate to your application and
  • participate in the entrance exam 10th of June 2019. 

All applicants who have filled in the additional application form for this degree programme can participate in the entrance exam which will take place 10th June 2019 at Laurea Leppävaara campus at the address Vanha maantie 9, Espoo.

Applicants should arrive at the exam venue at 8:00 am and bring their official identification with them. The exam will include a written part and group discussion. Reserve the whole day for the exam. The student admission of this additional application period will be based on the result of the entrance exam. Admission is conditional until the applicant's eligibility to apply has been checked from his/her upper secondary educational certificates. More information about eligibility is available at

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​.

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

  • 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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