Extension studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

After completion of the course students will be able to develop internationalisation strategies for small- and medium sized companies and actively support businesses to enter foreign markets

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will have an understanding of drivers and barriers to internationalisation. He/She can compare different market entry modes and analyze their pros and cons especially in a Nordic-Baltic context. The student will be able to create a plan for a small enterprise to reach an international market.

Course contents

- The concept of international business strategies; alternative approaches - Drivers and barriers to SME internationalisation - Internationalisation modes - Marketing strategies - Business case development - An internationalisation project, where teams work with different real-life assignments to support the internationalisation of SMEs. Hence, a part of the course is slightly different for different course participants.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names

- 2015, 2016 Internationalization of small- and medium- sized companies

Additional information

The course is mainly delivered online with only three compulsory classroom sessions (course introduction 24.10, mid-term meeting 21.11, final reporting 19.12).

Recommended or required reading

Daszkiewicz, N. and Wach, K, 2012. Internationalisation of SMEs: Context, Models and Implementation. Available on https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2198050 Nobanet handbook I, 2015: The Socio-Economic Environment of the Nordic and Baltic countries. Available on https://www.nordicbalticnet.info/materials-development Nobanet handbook II, 2015: SMEs and Foreign Trade. Available on https://www.nordicbalticnet.info/materials-development E-learning materials produced by EDU-SMEs Reports, presentations and articles uploaded in itslearning

Study activities

  • Lectures - 13 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 60 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 60 hours
  • - 0 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Supported virtual education

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Completion of assignments, presentations, and a final report.


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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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