Double degree programs
Double degree programs are exclusive academic programs offered in cooperation with renowned international partner universities.
- Key Facts
- Structure and prerequisites
- Current double degree options at WU
- Confirmation of academic achievement abroad
Two academic degrees: After successfully completing the program, participants are awarded an academic degree from WU and another from the partner university.
International program: Double degree program students spend half of the program abroad. The double degree program ensures the equivalence of courses completed abroad.
Tuition fee waiver: While studying abroad, students are not required to pay tuition fees at the partner university.
Intercultural experience and personal development: Integration into the regular academic program at the partner university makes it easier to get to know fellow students and being abroad for a year supports your personal development.
Structure and prerequisites
Program structure and general information
As part of a master's degree program, a double degree program is completed within two years. Participating students spend the first year at WU and the second year at the partner university.
For the double degree program, students must be admitted to the master's program in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control or Marketing or Business Communication at the time of application.
Please note: The student union fee must also be paid for the period of the year abroad, otherwise you will automatically be deregistered from your studies.
Please note: The following students may not apply for a double degree program at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi:
Students who have completed a bachelor's program at an Italian university
Students who have applied for a master's program at Bocconi
The following documents are required:
One letter of motivation for all double degree preferences: In this document, you have to argue why you are interested in a double degree program at a WU partner university and why you are a suitable applicant (in English, max. 3200 characters including spaces, max. 2 MB, PDF-document).
CV: Your curriculum vitae should include information about education, professional experience/internships, international experience, language skills, and other skills (photo optional, max. 2 MB, PDF-document).
WU master’s and WU bachelor’s transcript: WU documents are generated automatically. Students with a bachelor’s degree from another institution have to upload their transcript (max. 2 MB, PDF-document).
At the end of the application period, all submitted documents are forwarded to the academic director of your master's program.
Interviews will be conducted if necessary.
Announcement of the results
Approximately one week after the end of the application period, the International Office will announce the results of the selection process by email. If students are not awarded a double degree spot, they can still apply for a regular exchange spot.
Current double degree options at WU
Note: In principle, you can apply for partner universities and double degree places, which are published in our list of available exchange places in winter semester. The current study plans can offer you orientation regarding the courses offered and the partner universities involved.
Master's program Marketing
Master's program Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control
|Exchange stay in the academic year 2023/2024|
|WU partner university||Curriculum|
|Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), Ahmedabad, India||Curriculum|
|Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE), Lisbon, PortugalUniversidade Católica Portuguesa,||Curriculum (Major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation)|
Curriculum (Major in Strategy and Consulting)
|Smith School of Business, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada||Curriculum|
|University of Technology Sydney, Australia||Curriculum|
|National Chengchi University, Taiwan||Curriculum|
|Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano, Italy||Curriculum Management|
Curriculum Economics and Management of Innovation & Technology
|BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway||Curriculum|
Master's program Business Communication
Note: The application process for the double degree with Tilburg University differs from the application process for other double degree programs.
Refer to this website to learn about the application process for the double degree with Tilburg University.
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.