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.

Partner institutions and degree programmes in which it is possible to complete a Double Degree

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 .

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

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.

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.

Funding a double degree exchange

At the International Services, students can apply for a grant either from the Erasmus programme or from JAMK’s own mobility budget. In case the partner institutions have been allotted separate funding for aiding student mobility, for example from EU programmes, from which they award grants for student exchanges, the student is not eligible for a JAMK grant. Information about possible separate funding for the double degree programme can be asked from the International Coordinator of each School and/or from the person responsible for the double degree programme within the application periods.

Students who are entitled to receive study grant from Kela in Finland can also receive the Kela grant for studies abroad if the studies or practical training completed abroad are accredited to the Finnish degree. Many foundations and funds also award grants.

Further information about the grants awarded by JAMK, Kela’s financial aid and grants by foundations is available on the student intranet in section Internationalisation through studies (requires a username and password).

How to apply for a Double Degree?

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).