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Merkonomi, Vocational Qualification in Business Management

Business Management

Merkonomi, Vocational Qualification in Business Management

Oulu Vocational College OSAO is  offering a study programme in business management 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 19.2. - 12.3.2019. 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 Thursday 16 May 2019. 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. We can yearly accept a few applicants without the Finnish national qualifications in basic education. In this case we require that the applicant has the necessary capacity to study in the programme and also has a well grounded reason to study in Oulu Vocational College.

Upper secondary or higher education graduates can be accepted only in exceptional case if there are free study places.

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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 19 February to 12 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 22 March 2019.
  • If you are graduating from a Finnish comprehensive school (peruskoulu) in the spring 2019, deliver a photocopy of the school certificate by 7 June 2019.
  • Invitations to entrance examination are sent to all invited applicants by email. The entrance examination is arranged on 16 May 2019 in Oulu. We cannot arrange any entrance examinations via Skype.
  • The results of student selection will be published 13 June 2019 at the earliest.
  • Studies start in August 2019. 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 2019, duration three years.

Study modules

Vocational units 145 competence points(cp)

Compulsory vocational modules
•Customer Service, 20 cp
•Profitable operation, 20 cp
•Acting in a work community, 15 cp

Optional vocational modules
•Sales, 30 cp
•Event production, 15 cp
•Planning a business, 15 sp
•IBDP Business and Management, SL, 10 cp
•IBDP English B, SL, 15 cp
•IBCP Reflective project

Common units, 35 competence points

Kaukovainio unit, Services »

Study places



You have to have an own laptop and you buy the books and other study material yourself, estimated costs 700 euros (inc. laptop). In addition, IB examination fees round 300 euros.

Further information

Tiina Karvonen, Head of Department
+358 50 462 4720

Niina Miettinen, Study Councellor
+358 40 141 5317

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