What is a double degree?
An international double degree is a form of collaboration between SAMK and an international higher education institution, where the higher education institutions have their own degree programmes and curricula, and where the students perform an agreed part of their studies included in their degree abroad at the partner university and are given a degree certificate from both institutions. A double degree can be taken during the time the student has the right to study, and it will not lengthen the time to complete the studies.
Why is double degree worth taking?
With the double degree you can develop your competence and skills deeper than during an ordinary student exchange period, because in the double degree you have a pre-agreed programme of the studies to take, their extent and correspondence at both institutions (e.g. studies, practical training, thesis). This is to ensure that the studies in the programme give both of your degrees qualitative added value and enable taking two degrees simultaneously. A double degree will improve your chances for postgraduate studies and gives you an advantage in the international labour market.
Applying to double degree
You can take a double degree at a partner university, with which we have signed a double degree agreement. You apply to double degree when applying to student exchange.
You will get more information on double degree possibilities at the beginning of your studies and at student exchange information sessions.
Double degree partners of SAMK
SAMK and EPHEC University College form Belgium have signed a double degree agreement for the education in the Field of Business. SAMK also has a double degree agreement with Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in the field on Tourism.
SAMK has a double degree agreement with the Chinese Changzhou University on Nursing education, and with the Namibian NUST, Namibia University of Science and Technology on Maritime Engineering education. The agreements with Changzhou and NUST are unilateral, i.e. students arrive at SAMK from these institutions.
New double degree possibilities are being developed all the time also for other degree programmes at SAMK.
International students taking a double degree at SAMK
Students from partner universities can mutually come to SAMK as double degree students.
In the top-up degree students study the first year at their home university and then three years at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. On graduation, the students will receive a diploma certificate from SAMK.
SAMK has a top-up degree agreements with the Vietnamese Dong A University for nursing students and with the Hong Kongese Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education, The Open University of Hong Kong (LiPACE) for tourism students.