What is a Double Degree?

International double degree is a form of cooperation between JAMK and one or more foreign institutions of higher education in which both institutions have their own study programmes and syllabi and in which students complete an agreed proportion of their degree studies abroad in a partner institution and obtain a degree certificate from both institutions. It is possible to complete the double degree within the timeframe of one’s study right and completing a double degree does not prolong the study time.

Why are Double Degrees beneficial?

Globalisation, competition at the international education and labour market and the changing needs of working life call for a yet wider professional know-how and personal knowledge and skills of operating in the globalising working life from a graduating student.

In a double degree programme students can develop a deeper understanding of the required competences than would be possible during a normal exchange period; this is because in a double degree programme the content, extent and total duration (e.g. studies, practical training, thesis) of the studies are agreed on beforehand. This is to make sure that the studies completed in the programme bring qualitative added value to both of the student’s degrees and that the regulations and principles at both the national and at the home institution level are realised in a way that it is possible for students to complete two degrees within their study right at JAMK.

A double degree increases the student’s chances of moving on to, for instance, post-graduate studies abroad, not to mention the benefits it brings to the student at the international labour market.

Double degrees are an important form of cooperation for JAMK, since they internationalise not only students but the whole community of the higher education institution. The double degree deepens further the educational cooperation with the partner and opens up doors for other forms of cooperation for example within the RDI-activities. Furthermore, they bring more foreign degree students and lecturers to JAMK. Overall, double degrees fortify JAMK’s status and profile in the international educational markets.

JAMK Double Degree Partners

The home institution is the institution where the student is registered in when applying for the double degree programme. The partner institution is the foreign institution with which the double degree agreement is made and where the student completes a given proportion of his/her double degree. Students can leave to do double degree studies only to a partner institution with which his/her degree programme has a double degree agreement.

A general list of JAMK's international partners can be found here. The double degree partners can also be found in the list .

For JAMK students: a list of JAMK’s international double degree partners sorted by schools and degree programmes can be found on the student intranet in section Internationalisation through studies (requires a username and password).

Representatives of Higher Education Institutions

If you are interested in Double Degree cooperation with JAMK, check the curricula of our degree programmes below to seek for possibilities for double degree cooperation and contact the Head of Programme of the respective degree programme for further negotiations.

Timing and duration of a double degree

The duration and timing of the period spent at the partner institution are determined according to the negotiated agreement. Normally the abroad period has a duration of one or two semesters. One semester usually lasts 4-6 months.

The content, extent and total duration of studies in the programme (e.g. studies, practical training, thesis) have been agreed on in the double degree programme agreement. This is to make sure that it is possible to complete the double degree within the timeframe of one’s study right and that this does not prolong the studies.

Student selection to Double Degree programmes

The students whose degree programme has a valid double degree agreement with a partner institution have the possibility of applying to a double degree programme. The student selections are made on the basis of the following recommendations:

• the student has completed at least one year of studies (exception: one semester in Master’s degree studies)
• the studies have progressed according to the personal learning plan (PLP)
• aptitude: ability to adapt to a new culture and to cope with studies in a foreign language
• motivation

In addition to the recommendations mentioned above JAMK degree programmes and the partner institutions might have some more specific criteria for student selection; the applying students are informed separately about possible additional criteria during the application period.

How to apply for a Double Degree and further information

JAMK Degree Students

JAMK degree students who have registered for attendance can apply for double degrees within JAMK’s application periods via the electronic student exchange application form.

The application process, including timetables, forms and contact persons is available for students in the student intranet in the section Internationalisation through studies (requires a username and password).

Both prospective students or current students looking for more information about JAMK double degree co-operation, may contact:
- School of Business and School of Professional Teacher Education: outgoingA(at)jamk.fi
- School of Technology and School of Health and Social Studies:

Incoming double degree students

Please check the application process, including timetables, forms and contact persons here.

Incoming double degree students looking for more information about JAMK double degree co-operation, may contact:
- incoming(at)jamk.fi