Bachelor double degree program (BBE)
The double degree program is an exclusive academic program offered in cooperation with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. The program is designed for students enrolled in the bachelor’s program Business and Economics.
Eight semesters, two 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.
Available double degree spots
Each academic year, approximately five spots are offered for the double degree program. Application for the double degree is only open in winter semester.
International study program
As a participant of this double degree program, you will spend two semesters abroad. Credit transfer formalities that are related to a regular semester abroad do not apply. The double degree agreement ensures the equivalency of courses taken abroad.
Six 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
For the duration of your studies abroad, you are not subject to tuition fees at WU or at QUT. However, you do have to pay the Students’ Union dues.
Networking and personal development
As double degree students, you will be part of academic life at QUT. This means networking opportunities and more possibilities to develop personal skills such as independence and self-reliance.
Structure and prerequisites
Program structure and general information
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 successful application for the double degree program in your third semester, you will spend your sixth and seventh semesters at QUT. The eighth and final semester takes place at WU. For more information, see the curriculum.
To get an overview of the double degree program structure, have a look at this document. To learn more about the majors at QUT and the pre-requisites at WU, refer to the dropdown menu below.
Proof of language proficiency: As BBE students, you do not need to provide proof of English proficiency. Studying in an English-taught program is sufficient.
Majors at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
At QUT, you are required to choose one of six majors: Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, or Marketing. Be aware of any prerequisites or restrictions these majors entail:
You have to decide on a major before the application process and explicitly communicate your choice in your motivational letter.
Each major has specific prerequisites that you have to fulfill before you begin your studies at QUT. These prerequisites can be found in the course structure document below.
In order to apply for an Economics Major at QUT, WU students must be admitted to the „Specialization: Economics Core“.
Additional restrictions apply to the Economics, Finance, International Business and Marketing majors. If you choose one of these majors when applying for the double degree program, you may not apply for the corresponding WU specializations at any point during your studies. If you are already admitted to one of these WU specializations, you may not apply to the corresponding major at QUT. The reason for this is the overlap of the study contents.
Queensland University of Technology Major Specialization at Vienna University of Economics and Business which you are not allowed to take Economics Economics Fields Finance Finance: Markets, Institutions, and Instruments International Business International Business Marketing International Marketing Management
Marketing and Consumer Research
Note: If your chosen major has certain prerequisites, select the appropriate course(s) from WU's course offerings independently and in a timely manner. This is the only way to ensure that you get a place in these courses. It is your own responsibility to fulfill the prerequisites for your double degree program before you go abroad. If you do not successfully complete the prerequisites, your nomination may be invalidated.
Below you will find information on the courses that must be taken as a prerequisite for the Double Degree at WU. Please note that changes regarding the courses and the program are possible.
- QUT Double Degree Course Program Structure (pdf, 369 KB)
The course Cross-Cultural Competence
In the semester before an exchange, you are obliged to take the course Cross-Cultural Competence (3 ECTS credits). For students in the Business and Economics program, successful completion of this course reduces free electives by 3 ECTS credits.
You should take the class in English. If there is no course available for Australia, choose a course with no specific regional focus.
Within the official application period, you can apply online via this link.
Information on the application procedure, partner universities, and general information on exchange stays can be found on the exchange semester bachelor page. In general, most of the information provided 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 offer five double degree spots each academic year.
Your application must include the following:
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). You must also include your choice of major, otherwise your application will not be considered.
CV (include the following information: education, work experience/internships, experience abroad, language skills and other skills/abilities, photo is optional)
WU bachelor’s transcript (will be generated automatically)
The academic advisor Dr. Tobias Polzer 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.
Announcement of the results
Approximately two weeks later, you will receive a notification of acceptance or rejection 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.
Note: You cannot participate in a double degree program and apply for an additional exchange semester during your bachelor’s program.
Confirmation of academic achievement abroad
How does credit transfer work?
After completion of your stay abroad, make sure your transcript is sent to your WU coordinator at the International Office.
You will receive a final grade based on your grade average (weighted according to the ECTS credits earned). The grade will be included in your WU transcript under the subject “Double Degree Studies”.
You do not have to apply for credit transfer with the Study Service Center. The International Office will enter your grade into WU's data system.