Bachelor of Business Administration
The Bachelor Programmes are three-year full-time studies, each of which comprises 60 credits. In total, a Bachelor's degree program comprises 180 credits. The credits are in accordance with the European ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) system.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a three-year-full time program where the students will attain a solid first degree in international business administration.
Students will upon completion of the program have knowledge about different aspects of international business management in a cultural, behavioural, theoretical and practical context. Through the Norwegian learning environment, students will obtain specific knowledge about different aspects of business management from a Scandinavian perspective.
During the last year of the program, students can choose between different majors (60 ECTS) from which they can further develop within different aspects of business administration. These different majors are International Business, Finance, and Shipping Management. Through these different majors, the students have the ability to get a thourough understanding of different aspects of developing and running multinational companies, how the highly international market of finance operates, or a specific global industry (maritime industry).
Students will upon completion of the program have the ability to solve complex business problems by using critical and analytical thinking and problem solving. They have gained experience with working under time pressure on business cases in international teams in which good communication skills are paramount.
After finishing the program, students may pursue a career in international businesses, or they may use the bachelor degree as basis for master studies within a wide range of different aspects of business to which they have been introduced to. The program is taught entirely in English, and the student population is highly international and culturally diversed.
The BBA program give students basic knowledge in business management in an international context. The theoretical platform used to identify and analyse complex international business issues is attained through a thorough introduction to subjects such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing and quantitative methods. Knowledge of behavioural, cultural and ethical aspects of international businesses’ operation and communication is aquired through organisational- leadership- and communication based courses.
Through the BBA program, students are prepared for a career in an increasingly global environment, as they will build up an overall understanding of how international business operations are conducted. Through projects, cases, discussions, presentations both in writing and orally, and the possibility of internship, the students have to apply theoretical knowledge to practical business situations.
The BBA program encompasses a wide range of decisions which global managers will invariably face. After completing the program, students will be able to appreciate and critically evaluate consequenses of key decisions made within a profitability and ethical perspective.
The Bachelor Programmes at BI Norwegian Business School are, as a rule, composed of 75 credits with Basis courses (common courses for all or more programmes), 75 credits with Program courses adapted to the individual study program, and 30 credits with elective courses. The minimum course size is 7.5 credits.
As a general rule, it is possible to change the bachelor's program after the first year of study. However, it may be necessary to take additional courses.
Students can enter the programmes after the 1st and 2nd year from other colleges, provided that they have covered the necessary subject areas or undertake to take necessary courses as well. Specific requirements for the subject composition are prepared for each study program.
To obtain a Bachelor's degree from BI, at least 60 credits must be acquired at BI Norwegian School of Management.
For students who are admitted to full-time multi-year programmes, there is a requirement for study progression in order to be able to move on to the next academic year. The requirements are:
A minimum of 30 credits (50%) must be completed and passed after the first year of study in order to be approved to the 2nd year.
A minimum of 60 credits (50%) must be completed and passed after the second year of study in order to be approved to 3rd year.
Some studies may require higher progression than this. The requirements for study progression for each study program are specified in the study contract. Students who do not satisfy the requirement for study progression are offered a one-year stay to address missing subjects and exams.
BI Norwegian Business School has set the norm that a full-time student should spend 1,600 hours per year. years of their studies. This means that a course of 7.5 credits will require a work effort of 200 hours including teaching, supervision, self-effort and examination. This is in line with the European standard set out in the Bologna Declaration. One of the key criteria is that credits can only be achieved through completed and passed work with an associated assessment of the performance and the learning outcome in relation to learning goals (= expected learning outcomes).