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Dual degree

Do you wish to expand your horizons and take on an extra challenge during your studies of Economics and Business Economics? Then the dual degree programme International Bachelor in Economics and Management with the University of Victoria in Canada might be just what you are looking for.

About this study curriculum

What is a dual degree programme?

During a dual degree programme you get to study two programmes at two different universities, resulting in two Bachelor degrees.

In collaboration with the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business of the University of Victoria, Canada, the Nijmegen School of Management has developed a brand-new dual degree programme: International Bachelor in Economics and Management. This programme combines the best of international economics with the best of international business and it includes three (paid) internships (called 'co-ops') in Canada as an integral part of the programme. Find out more about the co-ops on the University of Victoria website.

The International Bachelor in Economics and Management will take four-and-a- half years to complete, of which two-and-a-half years will be spent in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and two years in Victoria, Canada. After having completed the programme, you will both be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSc) degree from Radboud University and a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business (BCom) degree from the University of Victoria.

Due to the fact that you will have studied in Canada for more than two years, and completed a degree granting programme, you will be eligible to apply for a Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit which will be valid for a maximum of 3 years. In case you would like to first continue your studies in a Master’s programme in the Netherlands and make use of the Post-Graduation Work Permit after this period, you should still apply for the permit before starting your Master’s in order to obtain the permit. It is also possible to apply for a Dutch orientation year permit that allows you to work in the Netherlands for one year after graduation without you needing to apply for a work permit. Of course it is also possible to continue your studies in a Master's programme in the Netherlands, Canada or elsewhere.

Admission and application


Admission requirements

If you have obtained, or will obtain, a VWO diploma you can be admitted if you meet the following requirements:

  • your VWO diploma includes Mathematics A or Mathematics B
  • you have obtained an IELTS Academic certificate (overall band score at least 6.5, sub-band scores at least 6.0) or a TOEFL iBT certificate (total score at least 90, partial scores at least 20)

The language certificate will not be used to determine admission to Radboud University as admission to Radboud University based on a VWO diploma is regulated under Dutch law. Therefore, the language certificate will only be used to determine admission to the University of Victoria.

Students who do not have or will not obtain a VWO diploma will need to meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics at the Radboud University, as well as the admission requirements of the University of Victoria. All diplomas will be assessed individually. Furthermore, all students need to have obtained one of the two language certificates mentioned above (i.e. IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT) before applying to the University of Victoria. No other language certificates will be accepted. In case you have completed the IB diploma programme and have obtained a score of 4 or higher on IB Higher Level English, you will not need to provide additional proof of English.

Referral criteria

Not all students who will have started the Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics at Radboud University will be allowed to study this dual degree programme as you must meet so-called 'referral criteria'. The referral criteria are:

  • You studied the first year of Economics and Business Economics
  • You have obtained a positive Binding Study Advice
  • You have finished the first two years of the International Economics & Business program (120EC’s)
  • You have obtained a 6 out of 10 for these courses: Mathematics, Statistics, Microeconomics and Academic Skills.
  • You have obtained an overall Grade Point Average of at least 7 out of 10 (after block 2)

Tuition fees

The standard tuition fee structure of Radboud University will apply for the years spent at Radboud University. For the years studying at the University of Victoria, the undergraduate tuition and other fees structure as agreed upon by University of Victoria will apply.

As you will not be paying the tuition fee in full, but per year, and tuition fees are subject to change, applicable fees may differ per person. Furthermore, you need to take the fact that the euro/Canadian dollar rate may vary into account when estimating the exact costs of the programme. It is expected that you will pay approximately €12,000 per year during your time at the University of Victoria. This, however, will be partially compensated by the income generated during your co-ops (the exact amount differs per co-op). Students will be registered at both institutions during their fifth year and will therefore be expected to pay tuition fee to both institutions. Please note, however, that this will only be for one semester (semester 5.1). For more information on the tuition fees, please visit the tuition page.

Application procedure

In order to apply for the International Bachelor in Economics and Management you need to apply for admission to the first year of the Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics at Radboud University in Studielink. If you choose to continue into the International Bachelor in Economics and Management after completing the first year, you can still apply for this programme then. By that time you will need to meet the requirements as outlined above. Please find more information on the application and enrolment procedures for the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics at Radboud University on the website. Please make sure to contact bachelor [at] (bachelor[at]fm[dot]ru[dot]nl) expressing your interest in this programme before the 15th of November.

We recommend students from International Economics and Business to also explore other studying abroad options, in case you cannot be admitted to the University of Victoria.

Course structure

The first two years of the programme will be spent in Nijmegen, followed by two years in Victoria. By default, the last six months will be spent in Nijmegen in order to complete the programme but options to spend this semester at other universities are also available. All courses, both at Radboud University and at the University of Victoria, equal 6 ECTS credits. The co-ops, however, do not equal any ECTS credits, meaning that the entire programme consists of 240 ECTS credits.

Unlike Radboud University, the University of Victoria uses a trimester system. During the third year you will be taking ten BCom core courses and completing one co-op. In the fourth year you will also take three or four BCom specialisation courses, depending on the specialisation you chose, as well as one or two BCom core courses and two co-ops. can be taken and during the fourth year, BCom specialisation courses can be taken. There are three sets of BCom specialisation courses you can choose from.

For more information on the outline, please see the module schedule  (available as a download (pdf, 130 kB)).

More information on the Radboud University courses and the University of Victoria courses can be found below.

Study programme Radboud University

The Bachelor's programme in International Economics and Management is part of the 4.5-year dual degree programme in Economics and Management, in which the Department of Economics at Radboud University collaborates with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business (Canada). When studying International Economics and Business, you will be trained to become an expert in policies of multinational companies. You will study the role of human behaviour, culture and ethics on the financial position of companies. The focus will be on global markets and internationally-operating companies.

Study programme University of Victoria

More information on the BCom courses offered at the University of Victoria can be found in their course list.