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Anna Lammela

It is wonderful to be exposed to different perspectives of the business environment and to learn about business cultures in other parts of the world. My dream is to continue in my current job in an international law firm. Thanks to HELBUS, I have now an opportunity to move up in the firm. Now that my English language skills are also developing quickly during my studies, I hope that working at our London office will be a possibility one day.

The HELBUS blended programme is designed to suit those of us who work full-time hours and study in the evenings. The professors are really nice and they understand that our work may sometimes affect our studies. I became interested in HELBUS as I already have a job I really like and I did not want to quit in order to study. HELBUS provided a solution for my situation and combining work and studies in HELBUS’ fully-online blended learning programme has been easier than I dared expect!

I have already gained lots of confidence at HELBUS and my English has improved even in these few months. I am truly satisfied with my decision to apply to the HELBUS blended programme.

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Ella Virtanen

“I recommend HELBUS to everyone interested in studying business. Teaching in HELBUS is individualised compared to many other universities. The two years one normally spends on applying to a university can be well used in HELBUS. In two years you can earn a degree and move toward your dream job to earn the invested money back. Your English skills will also greatly improve, which is a huge advantage for job placement.”

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Martin Wichmann

“I want to earn a quality business degree quickly and HELBUS offers a great deal in this regard. The international professors in HELBUS deliver interesting and good-quality classes. I find working alongside school important, and with the class schedule of HELBUS it’s possible. The spirit among HELBUS students is great and I also like the opportunity to influence various student matters here.”

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Mette Kuutsa

“In the future I’d like to work in management for an international company like Zara or L’Oreal. My goal is to be a country manager in one of these firms. I’ve graduated from an American high school, so studying in English was the best option for me.”

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Pontus Huttunen

“I wish to work in international finance, for example in Russia or Finland, in the future. The main reasons why I applied to HELBUS were the intensive three-week courses and focusing on one subject at a time. I think this is effective way to learn. Important for me is also the individual and international teaching.”

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Kristiina Ojanen

I first heard about HELBUS from my father, who was one of the first students in the MBA program that Veikko Jääskeläinen founded at Helsinki School of Economics. He had thoroughly enjoyed the international perspectives that the professors offered, and I now can experience this for myself, as it is incredibly inspiring to meet professors from around the world and learn from their experience and diverse backgrounds. I was also attracted to how quickly studies progress at HELBUS. I have worked a lot during past years and I do not wish to spend many years studying, but rather complete my studies quickly and get on with my career.

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Emilia Kokkonen, Class of 2015

I applied to HELBUS because I got tired of studying for entrance exams and wanted to begin my studies as soon as possible. The idea of studying business in English really appealed to me, as did the possibility of gaining international experience through finalising my degree outside of Finland. I am really happy with my decision to join HELBUS, and am loving the intense three-week units, exposure to international
instructors and the fun and welcoming atmosphere.

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Risto Silventoinen

I’ve lived in Malaysia for most of my life, and being admitted to HELBUS made it possible for me to start my business studies in English in an international environment. I enjoy my studies because the professors are highly experienced and qualified, and I feel that the instruction is of very high quality. In my opinion it is easier to concentrate and stay motivated in intensive modular studies such as HELBUS offers compared to traditional methods of instruction

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Demi Palanki, Class of 2015

I studied a little of international business in high school and when I heard about HELBUS I knew that was where I wanted to continue my education. Having the opportunity to develop my English skills with international instructors has been very beneficial for me as I have always planned on studying abroad during my Bachelor’s degree and expect my language skills to help advance my future career. The atmosphere in class is always fun, and I am excited to be able to help shape the student experience of my fellow classmates through my role as President of the student union, the HELBUS Student Core. Studying in HELBUS has been a very rewarding experience for me and I look forward to finishing my degree hopefully in England or Barcelona, where I also plan to stay and complete a Master’s degree programme.

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Hunter Deligeersang, Class of 2015

I originally applied to HELBUS as I was moving to Finland and wanted to continue my studies in an international environment. HELBUS made the process of transferring the study credits I had already earned in Hawaii incredibly easy and I have really appreciated the amount of student support on offer since starting my studies. As a foreign student, I especially value the school’s internationalism and continue to enjoy being exposed to instructors from all over the world and the unique teaching styles, ideas and experiences that they bring with them. The smaller class size really helps develop a sense of community among the students, and the three-week unit cycle means that we are able to develop connections with the instructors in a way that I haven’t experienced elsewhere. After HELBUS, I intend to earn an MBA in either the UK or United States and then hopefully put the skills I’ve learned to good use and begin a career as an entrepreneur.

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Ellen

HELBUS offered me an excellent option, because I wanted to study business at university immediately after graduating with my high school diploma. I want to start my career quickly and have the right education for that. Studies at HELBUS progress quickly through the intensive modular structure. The international teaching faculty is a wonderful aspect of my studies, as my English skills and vocabulary strengthen by the day. The professors are very knowledgeable about their subjects and make them interesting. At HELBUS we focus on one subject at a time, which makes learning very efficient.

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Bettina

I applied to HELBUS because I want to study and work abroad and earn my degree quickly. In the future I feel that my studies at HELBUS will greatly assist me in starting my international career, also because my English skills will be strengthened. The international professors are highly experienced, and the curriculum is excellent. I also like the relaxed atmosphere and good spirit in the classroom!

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Zara

The HELBUS programme offers something very new in Finland. Through three week course modules we focus on one subject at a time, which brings a new sense of focus to learning. The learning environment is international and relaxed. Professors come from all over the world, which adds to the interest and we learn lots about international marketing through them.

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Omar Abdelkarim, Class of 2015

The idea of studying business in English really appealed to me as I’ve always planned on developing an international career for myself. HELBUS provided a great opportunity, not just to improve my language skills, but also to meet fascinating instructors and develop contacts in business schools and companies around the world without leaving Helsinki. Everyone at HELBUS are helpful and friendly, and the system whereby we only study one unit at a time is ideal for me as it allows me to focus on one task at a time. Overall, the curriculum is well-rounded and certainly provides the generalist introduction to business that I was hoping for when I applied. At the end of my four terms at HELBUS, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to complete my Bachelor’s degree abroad, and then possibly start working towards a postgraduate MBA.

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