How does the double degree programme work?

Students in an IPBS double degree programme are admitted by one partner institution (the home institution) and will also be enrolled at a second partner institution (the partner institution) in another country. They may start their studies either at their home school or –in some of the tracks– at the host school. In the first two years, students study business, a second language, and participate in a 4-6 month work placement. Before they start their third year, students move to the other partner school where they continue their business studies for the next two years. They also participate in a 4-6 month work placement, meaning they gain working experience in at least two countries. In general the teaching language at each partner school is the language of the country that school is located in. At the completion of the programme, students earn a bachelor’s degree from both the home and the partner institution.

How do I apply?

Applications to the double degree programmes are possible through the participating partner institutions which will select and admit students and become their home institution. Students select a second language and country depending on their interests. They are then also enrolled at the partner institution in their chosen country at the latest when they move there for their two years of study at that institution. To learn more about each of the partner business schools and their specific entry requirements click on the programme track for that partner school.

Do I have to spend two years at each school?

While some of the partners offer exchanges of shorter duration, to earn double degrees, students must spend two years studying and working at each school. The goal of the double degree programme is to provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the academic, business, and social life of two countries and cultures.

Is it possible to study other languages?

Many of the partners offer the opportunity to study additional languages. Click on the programme track for the school you are interested in to learn more about what language options are available.

How do I find work placements?

Because work placements are a mandatory component of the programme and are typically paid and full-time, each partner school has specialised personnel who work with both students and companies during the placement process.
Please find more information about their employability support here

What kinds of jobs do students get at the end of the double degree programme?

Students graduating from the double degree programme accept a variety of positions in businesses and non-profit organizations around the world. Students graduating from this programme have a competitive advantage in that they are, at a minimum, bilingual and have academic and work experience in two countries.

What are the costs of participating in the double degree programme?

Students have to pay according to the rules of their home institution, i.e. the IPBS business school to which they have been admitted. At the partner school, they do not pay extra tuition or fees. The only exceptions are minor administrative fees, and in some schools costs in case they need to repeat classes or exams.

Travel expenses and differences in the cost of living in the different countries have to be taken into account, however. Many students in the double degree programmes take advantage of scholarships and while the IPBS does not offer scholarships itself, all IPBS business schools help students with information and counseling to obtain financial aid available for them.

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