What is the exact process of application? Erasmus or Double Degree? Can the virus intervene? This summary will help you clarify the most important questions about the Double Degree programme.
What does Double Degree mean?
Double Degree programmes allow you to complete the training of a foreign institution, too, in parallel with the Bachelor’s or Master’s programme of your Hungarian university, and this way you will get two degrees at a time. Depending on the programme, you will spend certain semesters abroad, where you have to complete given subjects.
In what way is it more than an Erasmus programme?
Under the Erasmus programme, you study in a foreign institution as a guest student, and on your return, your Hungarian university recognises the credits you earned abroad – these are credits you could have earned at home, too. On the other hand, under the Double Degree programme, you complete the trainings of two universities at the same time, therefore you will receive two separate but equivalent degrees from the two institutions. In addition, under the Double Degree Programme, the requirements are higher: you will face the same conditions as the students of the partner institution – there are no easier exams, it does not matter where you are from, what your mother tongue is, everybody has to meet the same requirements.
Why is it good for me?
The programme usually takes less time than doing the two programmes separately at the two universities. The Erasmus+ scholarship available for the period of terms completed abroad may be great financial help to those who are unable to finance the total costs of a foreign training.
The participants of the Double Degree programme will have an advantage on the labour market, too, as a degree from a renowned international university is a proof of not only confident language skills, but your knowledge about the economy, society and culture of a given country, too.
How to apply?
You may apply for the programme under the applications for partial training, from 9 to 27 November. You have to register in Neptun by submitting an application, and that is when you should submit all the documents and certificates (e.g. about voluntary work, competitions etc.). Please send the pdf version of the submitted application to the email@example.com address before November 27.
You can expect a personal interview in January/February with the official responsible for the given programme, who will decide whether or not you are eligible for participating in the Double Degree Programme.
What are the conditions of application?
Students applying for admission to the Universities of Bamberg and Passau are required to have a complex intermediate (B2) German language proficiency certificate, while students applying for the rest of the programmes should have a complex intermediate (B2) English language proficiency certificate as a minimum. The expected minimum average is 3.0. The key conditions are your average academic achievement, language skills and motivation.
How can the virus influence your trip?
The measures taken to control the virus (for instance hybrid or on-line education) are different in each country and at each university. It is generally true that during the Double Degree training, you basically have the same rights as local students. Even in a situation when a foreign partner does not accept any exchange students, you can still complete your foreign terms under the Double Degree programme (on-line, if necessary), in spite of the restrictions.
Bachelor or Master? Scholarship or fee-paying?
Under the Double Degree programme, you may attend both Bachelor’s and Master’s trainings, even twice. Students attending a Bachelor’s programme may spend their third year, while students attending the Master’s programme usually spend their second year at the foreign partner.
The programme has no additional costs, scholarship students study free of charge abroad, while fee-paying students shall pay the Hungarian tuition fee. There is no part-time Double Degree programme.
Where can I get more information on the Double Degree programme?