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

A Double Degree experience offers you the opportunity to gain a deep international understanding. Above all, the International immersion gained through this experience is highly valued by recruiters and likely to increase the potential for an international career.

 

What is a Double Degree?

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

  • Study at two top business and economic school;
  • Receive two diplomas, one from each University;
  • 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.
  • Enroll in a Master Program with the duration of 4 semesters.

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.

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General Requirements for the Double Degree Programs:

  • Applications available only during the 1st round applications;
  • Admission to the MSc in Finance: in order to apply for this Double Degree, candidates must apply and be admitted first to the MScFinance;
  • In addition to the Statement of Purpose for the International MSc in Management, candidates are asked to include a motivation letter for the Double Degree, stating to the Admissions Committee from both 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 will be interviewed by CATÓLICA-LISBON and/or by the partner School. These interviews will take place in Lisbon, on the CATÓLICA-LISBON campus;
  • 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 program.

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


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:

  • International MSc in Management, MSc in Economics and MSc in Finance from CATÓLICA-LISBON.
  • MSc Business Analytics, MSc International Business, MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business, MSc Strategy & International Business, MSc Accounting & Finance, MSc Business Economics & Finance, MSc Finance, MSc International Accounting & Finance, MSc Investment Analysis, MSc Strategic Marketing Management from Aston Business School.

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).

Double Degree with BI Norwegian Business School

Norway’s second largest institution for education and research, BI has educated more than 200,000 candidates in Business Administration and Economics.

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

  • MSc in Finance from CATÓLICA-LISBON.
  • MSc in Business, Major in Finance or MSc in Financial Economics from BI Norwegian Business School.

Requirements:

  • Applications available only for September intake, 1st round applications;
  • Admission to the MSc in Finance: in order to apply for this Double Degree, candidates must apply and be admitted first to the MScFin;
  • In addition to the Statement of Purpose for the MSc in Finance, candidates are asked to include a motivation letter for the Double Degree, stating to the Admissions Committee from both CATÓLICA-LISBON and BI Norwegian Business 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 will be interviewed by CATÓLICA-LISBON and/or BI Norwegian Business School. These interviews will take place in Lisbon, on the CATÓLICA-LISBON campus;
  • After the interviews, admitted students will be required to complete the application documents for BI Norwegian Business 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 program.

 

Students' Experience 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


Double Degree with ESCP-Europe

This Double Degree gives you the opportunity to take the 4th best Master Program in the world. This Double Degree will take place at the Paris Campus.

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

  • International MSc in Management and MSc in Finance from CATÓLICA-LISBON;
  • Diplôme Master Grande École from ESCP-Europe [European School of Management].

Requirements:

  • Applications available only for September intake, 1st round applications;
  • Admission to the MSc in Finance: in order to apply for this Double Degree, candidates must apply and be admitted first to the MScFin;
  • Applicants cannot apply to ESCP Europe Master in Management through more than one application procedure in any given year;
  • In addition to the Statement of Purpose for the MSc in Finance program, candidates are asked to include a motivation letter for the Double Degree, stating to the Admissions Committee from both CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP Europe 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 will be interviewed by both CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP Europe. These interviews will take place in Lisbon, at the CATÓLICA-LISBON campus.
  • After the interviews, admitted students will be required to complete the application documents for ESCP Europe;
  • 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 program;
  • Applicants must perform a 40-week internship before, during or after the thesis.

 

Students' Experience in the Double Degree

"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
Double Degree CATÓLICA-LISBON and ESCP-EUROPE


Double Degree with WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

The MSc Program of WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management was awarded 9th place as best Master Program in the world.

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

  • International MSc in Management or MSc in Finance from CATÓLICA-LISBON;
  • Master in Management or Master in Finance from WHU.

Requirements:

  • Applications available only for September intake, 1st round applications;
  • Admission to MSc in Finance: in order to apply for this Double Degree candidates must apply and be admitted first to the MScFin;
  • In addition to the Statement of Purpose for the MSc in Finance program, candidates are asked to include a motivation letter for the Double Degree, stating to the Admissions Committee from CATÓLICA-LISBON why they should be selected/considered for this program;
  • After admission to the MSc in Finance, the Admissions Committee will pre-select and interview the candidates for the Double Degree. These interviews will take place in Lisbon, on the CATÓLICA-LISBON campus;
  • After the interviews, admitted students will be required to complete the application documents for WHU;
  • Admitted students are required to achieve an average of at least 14/20 in their first year at CATÓLICA-LISBON in order to complete the Double Degree program;
  • Admitted Students must have a GMAT minimum score of 600 by the end of January;
  • Admitted Students will 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 work experience.

Contacts

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Testimonial

Ricardo Pereira

Portugal
International Master of Science in Finance
"I can only say that reality has exceeded expectations I had on these experiences."