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 one 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 and eliminating credit transfer issues.
Tuition fee waiver: Students are not required to pay tuition fees at the partner university while studying abroad.
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 applications are automatically forwarded to the academic director of your master's program. The academic director ranks the students according to their application documents and academic performance. In some cases, interviews will be conducted.
Announcement of the results
About 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 apply for a regular exchange spot.
Current double degree options at WU
Note: Study plans for the academic year 2023/24 will be made available on this page in spring 2023. In principle, you can apply for partner universities and double degree places, which are published in our list of available exchange places. 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 2022/2023|
|WU partner university||Curriculum|
|Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), Ahmedabad, India||Curriculum|
|Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE), Lisbon, Portugal||Curriculum (Major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation)|
Curriculum (Major in Strategy and Consulting)
|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
|Exchange stay in the academic year 2023/2024|
|WU partner university||Curriculum|
|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 (see below).
The master's program Business Communication informs its students directly via email about the application process. In the current winter semester, the application period takes place between November 3, 2022 and November 13, 2022.
Students who begin their studies in winter semester 2022/23:
You may apply for the double degree program in November 2022 by handing in a short video. In this video, you should state your motivation for the program with Tilburg University and reflect on the importance of international experience at different academic institutions. A link to the video portal will be send out by the master's program Business Communication. Applicants will be selected by members of Tilburg University and WU Vienna. By the end of November 2022, WU's International Office will inform applicants whether they have been accepted for the program.
Students who begin their studies in winter semester 2023/24:
Please refer to this webpage to learn about the application process for the double degree with Tilburg University.
Confirmation of academic achievement abroad
How does credit transfer work?
After successful completion of your classes from the second year of your studies (see curriculum), please make sure that your transcript from the partner university is sent to your coordinator at WU's International Office.
You will receive a final grade based on your grade average (weighted according to your credits), which will be displayed on your WU transcript for 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.