Double Degree

Double Degree Program        Double_Degree_01

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity of personal enhancement not only from the academic and professional point of view, but also in terms of language learning, intercultural skills, self-reliance and self-awareness. A double degree diploma gives more chances to find a job in international companies and organizations, as well as in any industry requiring European minded candidates.

That is why the Master Degree in Global Entrepreneurship Economics and Management (GEEM) offers its students the possibility to follow double-degree master programs entirely taught in English.



The students participating to a double degree program of the Department of Economics spend their second year studying at the partner University and, once obtained the whole 120 credits due, they will achieve two master degree diplomas: the Italian diploma released by the University of Insubria and the diploma released by the partner University.

At present the Department of Economics holds two double degree agreements, respectively with the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena and the Universität Hohenheim. The first agreement regards both the programs of GEEM master degree: Economics of Innovation (EI) and International Business & Entrepreneurship (IBE), while the second one concerns the EI program only. In order to achieve the double degree diploma, GEEM students selected in the program are required to spend their second academic year at the partner University in Germany and to attain respectively at least 42 ECTS credits of the required courses in Jena, and 60 ECTS credits in Hohenheim – as stated in their Learning Agreement. All courses within the double-degree program are taught in English.

DD DESTINATIONS    doubledegree

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena uni_jena

Starting from the academic year 2012-2013 the students of both GEEM’s specializations Economics of Innovation and International Business and Entrepreneurship have the opportunity to participate to the double degree program at the Master of Science in Economics – specialization in Innovation and Change – of the School of Economics and Business Administration of Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (University of Jena, Germany). More information can be found on the Jena Master Program’s web-site.

The area of Jena is among Germany’s fastest growing regions, with many internationally renowned research institutes and companies, a comparatively low unemployment rate and a very young population structure. The Friedrich-Schiller-Universität was established in Jena in 1558 and is among the ten more ancient universities in Germany.

Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart uni_hohenheim

From the academic year 2013-2014, the Department of Economics offers to its GEEM students specializing in Economics of Innovation the opportunity to participate to a second double degree program at the Master of Science in International Business and Economics of the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany). More information about the MSc International Business and Economics can be found on the Hohenheim Master Program’s   web-site.


The University of HohenheimUniversität Hohenheim is located southward of Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1818, it is Stuttgart’s oldest University. Its primary areas of specialisation had traditionally been agricultural and natural sciences. Today, however, the majority of its students are enrolled in one of the many study programs offered by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences making the University of Hohenheim one of Germany’s top-tier universities in these fields.




Application process

Students willing to enroll in the DD Program are required to take 6 ECTS in seminar courses during their first year, at Insubria, and 6 ECTS in seminar courses during their second year at the partner University. The Department of Economics offers 4 seminar courses:

  • Seminar History of Innovation and Economic Growth (6 ECTS), 1st semester
  • Seminar in Innovation Economics 1 (3 ECTS), 1st semester
  • Seminar in Industrial Dynamics and Evolution (6 ECTS), 2nd semester
  • Seminar in Innovation Economics 2 (3 ECTS), 2nd semester

Each seminar course has a limited number of places available (10/12), thus students have to pre-enroll online at the beginning of each semester


  • cover letter (see Annex A of the call)
  • curriculum vitae in European format specifying:
  1. complete contact information
  2. records of university career (bachelor mark; all the exams passed in the 1st semester)
  3. job experiences, if any
  4. known languages
  • certificate of English proficiency (if any)
  • motivation letter

The call for application to DD programs can be found at this page application-DD, for the a.y. 2017/2018 the call will be opened in February 2018 .

The Coordination Committee of the Double Degree program will select candidate students according to the following criteria:

  • academic achievements, based on the average of academic grades (weighted on courses’ credits); number of the credits gained on the total due credits; and the Bachelor degree final grade
  • English Language knowledge (minimum Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages = IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 80 IBT)
  • motivation.

All the selected students must fill in the learning agreement, following instructions in the table of the correspondences (ask the Double Degree Committee for help: please contact prof Elena Maggi at , prof Alberto Onetti at or prof Carlo Brambilla at  – always keeping in CC Ms. Gabriella Franchi at ).

Application procedures: FSU Jena

Selected students register at the foreign University Portal and leave their data, save the form, print and send it to the University of Jena. Students have to upload their personal documents (higher education entrance qualifications, University diploma, language certificates, curriculum vitae, motivation letter); the system automatically produces a declaration named “the Admission letter” that has to be e-mailed to the University of Jena.

The study place offered has to be confirmed by filling the “Statement of acceptance” form in and send it back within two weeks from the issuing date of the Admission letter.

The University of Jena will then send the Official Admission letter duly signed in original format. This letter will be brought to the Admission Office of the University of Jena the day of enrollment.

Students may apply for accommodation through the online application portal provided by the “Studentenwerk Thuringen”.

Application procedures: University of Hohenheim

Selected students register at the foreign University Portal The deadline to apply is June 1st .

When filling in the online application, students should indicate the exchange program as “double degree (International Business and Economics)”. Students have to send the transcripts of records and the learning agreement by email to Mr. Lars Banzhaf at

In their application students may also state if they wish to attend a (German) language intensive course in September (fee required), and if they wish to have a buddy when arriving in Stuttgart. It is also possible  to apply for a room in the dormitory: there are different categories of rooms and the rent ranges from 200 to 350 Euro per month.

Delivery of documents to the International Relations Office (IRO, Varese)

All uploaded documents, along with the Learning Agreement and the Transcript of Records, must be hand in original format to the Head of International Relation Office (IRO) Mr. Luca Gallo ( The IRO will then send the paper documents to the partner University.

Changes to the Learning Agreement are allowed during your staying at the partner University, but it is mandatory to inform the host responsible of the DD program in Jena or Hohenheim as well as the home Double Degree Committee at the University of Insubria in due time (  or – always keeping Ms. Franchi at in CC).


Enrollment at the partner University

Once in Germany the enrolment has to be made in person few days before the beginning of the Academic year in one of the fixed sessions indicated by the University offices.

The period to be spent abroad for students admitted to the program is 12 months (October-September). Classes start the first week of October, but students are strongly advised to arrive at the partner University at least 7-10 days before (two weeks would be better), in order to be able to find an accommodation, comply with all administrative duties and procedures, attend to the presentation of each course and be able to enroll in the courses they have chosen.

Extra UE students applying for the Double Degree program will have to obtain a VISA at the  German Embassy in Rome.



Incoming students are selected by their home University. They are enrolled at their second year and they should attend all the courses that are listed in their Learning Agreement.

The pre-application form is on-line at the link Incoming_students from the beginning of April to June 15th. DD students have to


-select the option Visiting students.

-fully complete the section Student Information with High school Degree (Name-Institution, Place, date, and final mark) and Bachelor Degree (Name-Institution, Place, date and final mark)

– fill in the field “briefly state the reasons why you wish to study abroad” mentioning their wish to apply for the Double Degree program;

– indicate if they wish to lodge in the students house “Collegio Cattaneo – Varese” (bottom of the page).

– students have to send by email the Transcripts of records, the Learning Agreement, the certificate of B2 knowledge of English language and a motivation letter to the following address: or (at the attention of Mr. Luca Gallo, Head of the International Relation Office) and in CC to


The learning Agreement will be checked by the Insubria Double Degree Committee.


Double Degree students are expected to arrive in Varese at the beginning of September. Classes start at the middle of September.

Once in Varese, they have to go to the International Relation Office – Via Ravasi 2, downtown Varese – where their enrolment is formalized. It is required to pay 16,00 euro (Government tax) in order to complete the Insubria enrolment.

At the same time they have to apply for the tax code (used by the Public Administration to identify all the citizens living in Italy) at the “Agenzia delle entrate” located in Varese in Via Frattini.

Once at the Department of Economics, incoming DD students have to go to the Foreign Students Office, to meet Ms. Gabriella Franchi.

According to the DD agreements, incoming DD students are required to spend their second academic year at the University of Insubria from September to July and to obtain at least 42 ECTS credits if they come from Jena and 60 ECTS credits if they come from Hohenheim.

Moreover, in order to obtain the Insubria Master degree diploma all DD students (both outgoing and incoming students) must defend their final dissertation. As a consequence, also in the case students decide to do their thesis in Hohenheim or in Jena, they will be required to defend it in Varese (a video conference Dissertation Session will be organized, if needed).


Participation to the Double-Degree program is strongly encouraged. The Department of Economics is able to offer a limited number of scholarships financed by:

  • the Chamber of Commerce in Varese logo Camera Commercio Varese

The call for this scholarship is published on the web-site of the Department of Economics.


Insubria students applying to the Double Degree program are kindly invited to participate to the Erasmus+ Program call, choosing either the University of Jena or the University of Hohenheim as their destination.