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Double Degree Program with Warsaw School of Economics

The double degree program will provide the opportunity to graduate students from both institutions to simultaneously pursue the Master degree from ZHAW School of Management and Law (ZHAW) and Warsaw School of Economics (SGH).

Upon successful completion of the double degree program, the following degrees will be awarded by the partner institutions:

Within the program, students will stay the first year at the home university and the second at the host university.

About the Double Degree Partner – Warsaw School of Economics

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) is the oldest university of economics in Poland. SGH is EQUIS and AMBA accredited and is regarded as the leading school of economics and management in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a member of CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education. In the Financial Times European Business School Ranking of 2022-2023, SGH reached 94th place.

Program Structure

The intended period of study for the double degree program is two years (4 semesters). Double degree students will spend their first year at the home university, the second year at the host university. Full information shall be provided to the host university on the courses that participants have taken at their home university and vice versa.

Double degree students shall have access to courses and enjoy the same rights and privileges and be subject to the same rules and regulations as the regular graduate students in the corresponding Master study track of the host university. They will be registered as degree students at the host university only for the parts of the study program that will be carried out under the responsibility of the host university. Students admitted for the double degree program will complete the study program details as set out below. 

Study Program for the Double Degree

Master Thesis

In addition to the mandatory coursework at both universities, the double degree student is required to write a Master thesis. All students of this double degree programme will write Master thesis at SGH. The Master thesis at SGH is worth 20 ECTS and ZHAW will transfer 12 ECTS to comply with ZHAW diploma regulations. The partner universities assure the legal and organizational preconditions required for enabling the double degree students to start with the Master thesis in their second study year.

The Master thesis has to be delivered in 2 copies; 1 to each institution. The Master thesis shall be supervised by the faculty member from SGH and reviewed by a faculty member from ZHAW ensuring in this way joint supervision of the Master thesis. The language of the Master thesis is English.

Part of the completion of the Master thesis at SGH is a defence of the thesis. Faculty members of both SGH and the ZHAW shall participate in the defence. The defence will be conducted in English.

Selection and Documents

Candidates for the double degree program will be selected by their home university according to selection criteria jointly defined and agreed upon by SGH and ZHAW. Due to the higher workload compared to the ordinary Master study tracks at the partner universities, only highly qualified students shall be selected for the double degree program. Each university has the right to admit up to 5 students per year to the double degree program.

The double degree candidates must satisfy all admission requirements of the host institution, including:


All students on the double degree program that are admitted under a bilateral arrangement must register and pay tuition and other required fees at their home university. The host university will provide incoming double degree students with tuition fee waivers.

The students are responsible for paying any other pertinent fees required for regular degree students at each university, including the administrative fees at SGH and ZHAW.

The host university has the right to not accept a double degree candidate from the home institution for academic rationales or any other substantial reasons.

Important Information – Double Degree Warsaw School of Economics

Please note that only students already enrolled on the ZHAW MSc in International Business can apply for a Double Degree with Warsaw School of Economics. The specific application arrangement for the Double Degree will be confirmed by the ZHAW degree program head.