Start your journey to become a globally-minded leader – online course on Global Studies

How does globalisation affect our business, society and culture? A free online course on Global Studies (3 ECTS) is open to everyone until the 31st of May 2023. 

Whether you are aiming for an international career, considering studies in international business or wish to get a more global perspective on your work, the Introduction to Global Studies course helps you to understand the opportunities and challenges presented by globalisation. 

The University of Vaasa has co-created this massive online open course (MOOC) course with six universities from the EUNICE European University for Customised Education network, contributing especially in the field of international business. 

Rodrigo Mello, lecturer from the University of Vaasa.

– Globalisation has influenced the way we do business. When we teach business in the context of globalisation, we develop globally-minded leaders who will help organisations make better decisions to deal with global issues, says lecturer Rodrigo Mello from the University of Vaasa.

In the Global Business module of the MOOC, professors from the University of Vaasa give an international perspective to topics such as business management, human resource management, marketing, entrepreneurship and sustainability. This prepares students to navigate the complexities of doing business in different cultures and markets.

In addition to business studies, the MOOC covers many topics such as society, culture, media, and health. The course is taught by lecturers of diverse profiles and fields of knowledge from seven countries.

– The learning experience will be enriched by the multiculturalism offered by the diverse profiles of the teaching staff, says Adolfo Cosme Fernández, Professor of Economics at the University of Cantabria coordinating the course.

As it is an introductory course, the MOOC can be easily followed by people from different backgrounds and interests. It offers an approachable way to see if you want to take other university studies from this field in the future. For those who are interested in degree studies, the University of Vaasa offers an internationally accredited Master's Degree Programme in International Business that focuses on sustainable global business.

Study at your own pace – gain 3 ECTS credits

The course is easily accessible online from all over the world. You can start your studies anytime from the EUNICE MOOC login page. If this is your first time attending a EUNICE course, create a free account and answer a short pre-survey to access the course. This will only take a couple of minutes, after which you will be able to start your studies immediately. University of Vaasa students and staff can access the course using their University of Vaasa credentials.

The course consists of eight lessons with a wide range of video and written contents. You will be able to follow the lessons and complete the activities at your own pace until the 31st of May. It is estimated that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete, so it is recommended to start at least four weeks before the course ends. 

After successfully completing the course, you will gain 3 ECTS credits given by the University of Vaasa. If you are a student at the University of Vaasa, these ECTS credits will be recognised as a part of your degree. Additionally, a certificate issued by EUNICE on behalf of all EUNICE member universities will be sent to all the participants.



EUNICE, the European University for Customised Education, is designed to solve social and economic challenges, both globally and locally. In 2020, EUNICE was selected during the second call for pilot projects of European Universities of the European Commission. EUNICE is nurtured by ten universities’ intellectual and infrastructure input –Poznań University of Technology (Poland), Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany), University of Cantabria (Spain), University of Mons (Belgium), University of Catania (Italy), Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (France), University of Vaasa (Finland), Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (Portugal), University of Peloponnese (Greece) and University of Karlstad (Sweden)–.

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