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Merkonomi, Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration

Business and Administration

Merkonomi, Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration

Oulu Vocational College OSAO is  offering a study programme in business and administration delivered completely in English. After graduation you will be qualified to work in various business-related jobs such as customer service, sales and marketing communications as well as international trade. You will also be well-prepared for applying to higher education. The course of study provides you with vocational as well as language skills that are an advantage when working in international business environments. 
The programme includes International Baccalaureate* career-related studies (IBCP)
OSAO is an authorized IB World School.


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Applications are to be submitted directly to our online application system. Application period is 20.2. - 13.3.2018. A link to an application form for will be available in this page during the application period. Read the Applicant's Guide before submitting your application.

All applicants will be invited to participate to an entrance examination on 14.5.2018. The entrance examination measures oral and written English language skills, learning skills and learning motivation.

Who can apply
This program is for those who have completed basic education (approximately nine years) with a good command in English language and are without completed vocational qualification. Upper secondary or higher education graduates can be accepted only in exceptional case if there are free study places.

Application period 2018 has ended

How to apply

  • Read the Applicant's Guide before submitting your application.
  • Fill in the online application form. The application form is available during the application period from 20 February to 13 March and closes on the last day of application at 15:00 Finnish time. 
  • Deliver photocopies of the school and work experience certificates to Services unit by 23 March 2018.
  • If you are graduating from a Finnish comprehensive school (peruskoulu) in the spring 2018, deliver a photocopy of the school certificate by 8 June 2018.
  • Invitations to entrance examination are sent to all invited applicants by email. The entrance examination is arranged on 14 May 2018 in Oulu. We cannot arrange any entrance examinations via Skype.
  • The results of student selection will be published 14 June 2017 at the earliest.
  • Studies start in August 2018. All selected students must bring their original documents to be verified on the first day of their studies.

Delivery address for the documents 

Oulun seudun ammattiopisto
Kaukovainion yksikkö, palvelut
Kotkantie 2 C
90250 OULU

Documents by email to kaukovainio.palvelut@osao.fi.

Planned duration of studies

August 2018, duration three years.

Study modules
Vocational modules, 145 credits

•Customer Service, 20 cr
•Productive work, 20 cr
•Acting in a work community, 15 cr
•Sales, 30 cr
•IBDP Business and Management, SL, 15 cr
•IBDP English B, SL, 15 cr
•Optional vocational modules, 30 cr

Core subjects, 45 credits

Kaukovainio unit, Services »

Study places


Further information

Tiina Karvonen, Head of Department
+358 50 462 4720

Niina Miettinen, Study Councellor
+358 40 141 5317

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