In a Europe that is increasingly growing together, multilingualism and intercultural skills are playing an ever-important role, especially for future generations. This also applies to Germany's partner countries, France and Italy, which can each look back on a long common history as well as culturally and economically grown partnerships.
In the academic field, the success of various German-French and German-Italian degree programmes in the humanities and natural sciences proves that close ties also exist in this area.
Against this background, Bielefeld University has developed a joint degree programme with the Université de Paris in the fields of history and chemistry, with the Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna in the fields of history, philosophy, sociology, and intelligent systems (computer science), and with the Sapienza - Università di Roma in the field of literary studies.
The joint degrees with France can be studied as a Bachelor's or Master's programme; with Italy, Bielefeld University offers binational programmes exclusively at Master's level.
In times of globalisation, however, it is also important to have strong non-European partners. The fruitful partnership between Bielefeld University and the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico is a good example for this and the double degree programme in InterAmerican Studies has turned out to be one the most important results of this partnership.
Participation in a double degree programme at Bielefeld University offers all this and much more. The double degree programmes involve studying at Bielefeld University and at one of the following partner universities: Université de Paris, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Sapienza - Università di Roma, or Universidad de Guadalajara. The required courses and examinations are divided between the respective universities. This makes double degree programmes a particularly high-profile form of international study.
Participants complete their studies at both universities and are given the opportunity to obtain a double degree after six semesters in the Bachelor's programme or after four semesters in the Master's programme. Upon graduation, graduates are thus awarded two academic degrees (one degree from each of the two universities).
The average time to complete a degree is three years for a Bachelor's degree or two years for a Master's degree. This is possible due to the structured course of study. Studying abroad counts as an integral part of the degree programme. Each partner university offers a range of diverse and interesting lectures that have been defined in advance. The courses abroad complement the lectures at Bielefeld University perfectly and further enrich and enhance the high quality of the programme.
Funding through the ERASMUS+ programme is possible for the programmes in Europe. There are also special funding programmes through the Franco-German University (FGU) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The latter is also possible for Mexico.
In contrast to studying abroad within the framework of the European ERASMUS programme, these binational programmes make it possible to immerse oneself more intensively in the academic culture of the partner country through longer stays at the partner university. At the same time, students are able to improve their language skills in the language of the respective country. Furthermore, the double degree contributes to significantly increasing the chances on the labour market in both countries. Bielefeld University has many years of experience in the field of academic exchange and scientific collaboration with its partner universities, which are further consolidated and intensified with the implementation of the binational degree programmes.