Merkonomi in English

Vocational Qualification in Business

Business skills are needed in all sectors of the world of work! As a graduate, you can work in a variety of jobs such as customer service and sales, marketing communications, service design, office services in many different companies or start your own company. The “merkonomi in English” graduate has a wide range of skills such as customer-oriented business, communication and interaction skills, language skills and financial management skills. S/he is at home in digital environments and can network professionally. S/he can be an entrepreneur or develop into a managerial position. The graduate can work on existing products and services of develop new products and services or on developing the customer experience.

Qualification in Business graduates have competences in customer-oriented sales, customer service, business communications and interaction, languages and financial management. They can work in different digital environments and professional networks and have the basic capabilities required for entrepreneurship and the capabilities and competences required in first-level management positions. They also have the capabilities to develop new products and services, customer experiences and other customer solutions profitably. Based on their choices, students can work as a constructive 2nd in command to an entrepreneur. Many of our graduate students have moved on to either higher education or started their own businesses.

Contents of the diploma

The Qualification in Business is a diploma consisting of 180 Competence Points. Included in the diploma are 145 Competence Points of professional qualification components and 35 Competence Points of common qualification components. The diploma includes three compulsory parts (1) customer service (2) profitable operations and (3) working in the work community, which make up 55 Competence Points. Students also learn the following:

  • Sales
  • Working in a Project
  • Marketing communications and content production
  • Working in a Company

Further information about the qualification can be found here:

Duration of Education

The duration of studies is about 2,5 years, depending on previous experience and previous studies.

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Practice & methods

Application instructions

Minimum entry requirements

  • Primary school leaving certificate, or equivalent knowledge and skills.
  • Finnish language skills at level A2.1
  • English language skills at level B1.2

Fill out the application through the application link and attach your study and employment certificates. We will contact the applicant within two weeks of submitting the application. In addition, applicants will be tested in Finnish and English language skills.

Before submitting your application documents, please make sure your educational documents are officially certified and translated to English, Finnish or Swedish.

Please note that due to the high amount of applicants we might not be able to contact you or answer questions right away or answer every question personally.


20.11.2019 - 31.05.2022

Last application date 22.09.2019

Porvoo Hevosenkengänkatu 2

Independent studies

Education fee: 0 EUR


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