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Double degree program (BBE)

The double degree program is an exclusive academic program offered in cooperation with Queensland University of Technology in Australia for students enrolled in the Business and Economics bachelor’s program.

Key Facts

  • 8 semesters, 2 degrees
    After successfully completing the program, you will receive a bachelor’s degree from WU (BSc (WU)) and a bachelor’s degree from QUT (B.Bus (major)). The program will extend the duration of your studies by two semesters.

  • International study program
    As a participant of this double degree program, you will spend two semesters abroad. Typical credit transfer formalities after a regular semester abroad do not apply, as the double degree agreement ensures the equivalency of the courses taken abroad.

  • 6 different majors at the partner university
    You have a choice of six majors at QUT: Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Economics.

  • Tuition fee waiver
    You are not subject to tuition fees at WU or at QUT for the duration of your studies abroad. You do, however, have to pay the Students’ Union dues.

  • Networking and personal development
    As double degree students, you will be a part of regular academic life at QUT, which means more networking opportunities and more possibilities to develop personal skills such as independence and self-reliance.


Curricula, Structure, Prerequisites

Participating in the program will extend the total duration of your studies from six to eight semesters, two of which you will spend at the partner university. After your successful application for the double degree program in your third semester, you will spend your fourth and fifth semester at WU, your sixth and seventh semesters at QUT, and the eighth and final semester back at WU. For more information, please read the curriculum.

At QUT, you are required to choose one of six majors, all of which have specific requirements you have to fulfill before you begin your studies at QUT. The following majors are available: Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing. You can find the prerequisites for each major in the tables below:

Course structure for Double Degree students going to QUT
Course structure for Double Degree students going to QUT

Before beginning an exchange stay abroad, students are required to take the course Cross-Cultural Communication (3 ECTS credits). For students in the Business and Economics program, successfully completing this course reduces the total number of credits required for free electives by 3 ECTS credits. 


Information on the application procedure, partner universities, and general information on exchange stays (including a checklist) can be found on the Study Abroad page. In general, most of the information provided there also applies to double degree students. For additional information specifically for double degree students, see the information below. Be sure to read both pages carefully before submitting your application.

Applications are accepted each winter semester during the double degree application period. Please note that you need to apply three semesters (one and a half years) before you plan to go abroad. We expect to be offering 5 double degree spots each academic year.

Your application must include the following:

  • A letter of motivation: Explain why you would like to participate in the double degree program, and why you think you should be awarded a place (in English, max. 3200 characters incl. spaces)

  • CV (should contain the following information: education, work experience/internships, experience abroad, language skills and other skills/abilities, photo (optional)).

  • WU bachelor’s transcript (will be generated automatically).


The BBE program director will automatically receive all the application documents when the application period has expired and will select the most suitable applicants (interviews may also be conducted).

You will receive a notification of acceptance or rejection around one week later from the International Office by email. If you are not chosen for the program, you may still apply for a regular exchange semester during the regular application periods. You may not participate in a double degree program and apply for an additional exchange semester during your bachelor’s program.

Confirmation of foreign academic achievement

After successfully completing your courses abroad during the sixth and seventh semester of your studies (see curriculum), please make sure that your transcript from the partner university is sent to your regional coordinator at the International Office. You will receive a final grade based on your grade average (weighted according to the ECTS credits earned), which will be included on your WU transcript as the subject “Double Degree Studies.” You do not have to apply for credit transfer in the Study Service Center; the International Office will arrange for your grade to be entered into the system.