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To enrich your international experience, you can choose to do an exchange semester or a Double Degree with one of CATÓLICA-LISBON's prestigious partner schools around the world.

The International immersions gained through these experiences are highly valued by recruiters and likely to increase the potential for an international career.

Double Degree or Joint Degree:
Your passport for an international career

Spend one year at CATÓLICA-LISBON followed by a second year at the partner school of your choice, and get two diplomas.

Double Degree programs offer you the opportunity to gain a deep international experience and to challenge yourself by experiencing two distinctive academic cultures and approaches.

At the end of the program, you will be granted two diplomas – one from CATÓLICA-LISBON and one from our partner school.

Above all, the cross-cultural awareness gained through this experience is highly valued by recruiters and likely to increase your potential for an international career.

What is a Double Degree?

A Double Degree is a dual program that allows you to:

  • Study at two top business schools
  • Receive two diplomas, hence be part of two alumni networks
  • Create a differentiating factor in your CV
  • Spend the first academic year at CATÓLICA-LISBON and the second academic year at a partner school
  • Both programs are taught in English

Why a Double Degree?

  • To challenge yourself academically, through new academic experiences
  • To increase your cultural and social experiences
  • To explore a new business environment
  • To create an international business network
  • To spend one full year abroad in a great city and a great school
  • To be part of an international community
  • To gain a passport for an international career


Who Can Apply?

  • Candidates with an exceptional curriculum
  • Candidates previously admitted to CATÓLICA-LISBON MSc Programs
  • Candidates with strong international outreach

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General Requirements

  • Only available during the 1st and 2nd rounds of applications;
  • Admission to the MSc in Finance: in order to apply for the Double Degree, candidates must apply and be admitted first to the MSc in Finance;
  • In addition to the motivation letter for the MSc in Finance, candidates are asked to include a statement of purpose for the Double Degree, stating to the Admissions Committee from CATÓLICA-LISBON and the partner School, why they should be selected/considered for this program;
  • After admission to the MSc in Finance, the Admissions Committee will pre-select the candidates for the Double Degree;
  • The pre-selected candidates for the Double Degree may be interviewed by CATÓLICA-LISBON and/or by the partner School. These interviews can take place in Lisbon, on the CATÓLICA-LISBON campus, or via skype;
  • After the interviews, admitted students will be required to complete the application documents for the partner School;
  • Admitted students are required to achieve an average of at least 14 in their first year at CATÓLICA-LISBON in order to complete the Double Degree or Joint Degree programs.

Please note that some partner schools may have specific entry requirements.


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Double Degree with Aston Business School

Founded in 1966, Aston Business School is among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. Aston provides students with an inspirational educational experience coupled with strong business links, offering them rapid career progression in international business.

Enroll in a Double Degree Program and you will be awarded two degrees:

Program at CATÓLICA-LISBON Majors available Program at ASTON
MSc in Finance N/A

MSc in International Business, MSc in Entrepreneurship & International Business, MSc in Strategy & International Business or MSc in Business Analytics

Special Requirement:

  • TOEFL score of 93 IBT (26 in writing, 22 in speaking, 18 in reading and 19 in listening) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening) or a Pearson Academic test score of 63 (63 in writing and speaking and 57 in listening and reading).


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With 20.000 students, a unique range of study programs and a solid commitment to research, BI is recognized as one of the largest and most productive academic environments in Europe.

Enroll in a Double Degree Program and you will be awarded two degrees:

Program at CATÓLICA-LISBON Majors available Program at BI
MSc in Finance N/A

MSc in Financial Economics or MSc in Business, Major in Finance

Students' Experiences in the double degree

"The double degree between CATÓLICA-LISBON and BI is perfect for students that are looking for a challenging experience.

The main interest is definitely the change in terms of culture, economy, weather and obviously, studies. Both universities are very complementary. As an example, doing my Master thesis report at BI was great thanks to its fabulous library and talented researchers."

Hortense Lasserez, France

Double Degree CATÓLICA-LISBON and BI

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Double Degree with Bocconi University



Founded in 1902, Bocconi was the first Italian University to grant a degree in Economics. For a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy’s social and economic modernization.

Enroll in a Double Degree Program and you will be awarded two degrees:

Program at CATÓLICA-LISBON Majors available Program at BOCCONI
MSc in Finance N/A

Laurea Magistrale in Accounting, Financial Management and Control


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Double Degree with ESCP-Europe

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world. Its mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders, preparing them to embrace the opportunities offered by cultural diversity.

Enroll in a Double Degree Program and you will be awarded two degrees:

Program at CATÓLICA-LISBON Majors available Program at ESCP
MSc in Finance N/A

Diplôme Master Grande École (MSc in Management)

Students' Experience in the Double Degree

"After I had completed my bachelor’s degree and subsequently taken a gap year to further gain work experiences, I chose to pursue my master’s degree at CATÓLICA-LISBON. The choice was quite quickly made, as I was looking for a unique study experience in an international environment with the opportunity to follow a double degree track. During my time at CATÓLICA-LISBON, I especially appreciated, besides the practice-oriented teaching style, the manifold internal as well as external (corporate) workshops. They were a great opportunity to further develop soft skills, put knowledge to the proof of real world situations and prepare for next career steps. My second year at ESCP was at least as much memorable as the first year in Lisbon. Both experiences let me expand on business knowledge and meet many like-minded people from all around the world, of which I count some few to my closest friends today. Looking back, I would do everything the same way again.”

Alexandra Dzimiera, Germany
Double Degree CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP Europe

"The Double Degree program was an obvious choice because it allowed me to combine CATÓLICA-LISBON's Finance program and ESCP's MiM program, as well as spend time in two great cities. The two-year program has offered me a stimulating coursework that has fully prepared me for the career that lies ahead. Now that I have started working in the industry, I feel that CATÓLICA-LISBON's Finance program has truly provided me with a strong knowledge base and great technical abilities. I completed CATÓLICA-LISBON's undergraduate studies and I'm proud to call it a second family. The people you'll meet at CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP will become some of your closest friends and the exposure to different nationalities and new experiences is unparalleled."

Teresa Allen Silveira, Portugal
Double Degree CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP Europe

"Starting an international career has always been my ambition. In fact, nowadays, students can easily join in an international experience with the Erasmus program. However, finding professional opportunities to start a career in a foreign country is not as easy. The CATÓLICA-LISBON Masters gave me the opportunity to both complete my education following my area of interest and pursue an international path. Indeed, CATÓLICA-LISBON offered me a great chance to complete a double degree with ESCP Europe ranked by the Financial Times as the second best Business School for Masters in Management (2008). This experience has been most enriching. The quality of the teaching staff, the choice of courses provided and the differences in teaching methods were very important for my personal development.
In terms of the curriculum, being able to attend one of the best business schools worldwide is an opportunity that has facilitated my access to organizational environments and to an internationally recognized diploma. The double degree of CATÓLICA-LISBON with ESCP Europe has opened doors into a new world of relationships and perspectives that no one should miss. I am happy I didn't."

Ana Almeida, Portugal
Double Degree CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP Europe

"During the two years, I opened up new professional perspectives, discovered myself and experienced two of the best European Business Schools.

At ESCP-Europe, where excellence prevails, the challenging environment pushes you to be even better every day. Taking the Double Degree Program was one of the most important academic and personal decisions of my life."
João Freitas, Portugal


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Double Degree with WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU is now one of the most renowned German Business Schools with an exceptional national and international reputation. WHU excellent standard has been certified by accreditations from AACSB, EQUIS and FIBAA as well as through leading positions in national and international rankings.

Enroll in a Double Degree Program and you will be awarded two degrees:

Program at CATÓLICA-LISBON Majors available Program at WHU
MSc in Finance N/A

MSc in Management or MSc in Finance

Specific requirements:

  • Admitted students must have a GMAT score of 600 (or either GRE or TM-BASE equivalent) by the end of January.
  • Admitted students must provide proof of English Language ability: TOEFL 105 [IBT] or IELTS 7.5 by the end of January.
  • Students admitted must have at least 5 months [20 weeks] of professional experience.


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Rustam Shamuradov

International Master of Science in Finance
"The courses taught by experienced professors, significantly expanded my knowledge in finance."