Double Degree Program within the International Business Degree Course

One Course - Two Degrees

Exclusively at the Bad Mergentheim campus, DHBW offers a Double Degree Program in collaboration with a Latin American University, the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) in Colombia.

Upon successful completion of the last study year abroad, participants will receive both degrees – a German Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Colombian equivalent Pregrado Profesional de Administración de Empresas. Eligible to apply to the double degree program are the students of DHBW Mosbach Campus Bad Mergentheim who major in Business Administration and minor in International Business, and students of Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) who major in Administración de Empresas - Dual.

Ideal Qualification for the Latin American <> European Economic Area

The intensive exchange experience of the students taking part in the double degree program in Colombia/Germany in their final year of study enhances their international skills. The graduates acquire a highly valuable expertise enabling them to efficiently operate in the emerging Latin American and the European markets respectively.

  • High Spanish / English language proficiency
  • Enhancement of intercultural competencies
  • Increased global awareness and across-the-board thinking

The acquired double degree demonstrates that the graduates meet the requirements of both universities and their workplace training providers. Skills gained during the lengthy study period spent abroad significantly contribute to the graduates' further development. As a result, the participants of the program acquire field-related expertise, expand their horizons and gain cultural awareness, so that they are perfectly prepared to work and specialize in the Latin American or European Region respectively.

DAAD Quality Seal

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been supporting the double degree program of UNAB and DHBW since 2014, and currently during the 2019-2023 funding phase as a part of its “Integrated International Degree Programs with Double Degrees” project. The DAAD has also decided to award DHBW its exceptional DAAD Quality Seal for the university’s development of double degree programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – International Business (DHBW)
Pregrado Profesional in Administración de Empresas (UNAB)
Study locations
Bad Mergentheim (DHBW - Germany)
Bucaramanga (UNAB - Colombia)
Total time-to-degree
4 + 2 semesters (for DHBW students)
5 + 2 semesters (for UNAB students)
Duration of the Double Degree Program
2 semesters (last year of study)
Study start
Every winter semester
Teaching and study language
Courses in Colombia in Spanish
Courses in Germany in English
Bachelor Thesis in both countries in English
Admission requirements
  • Enrolment at DHBW Mosbach Campus Bad Mergentheim in Business Administration - International Business (DHBW students) or at UNAB in Administración de Empresas - Formación Dual (UNAB students)
  • Good knowledge of English and Spanish (minimum B2 level for each)
  • Approval from the work placement provider
  • Good academic performance
  • Successful completion of the selection procedure
Financial support / funding
Currently, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports travel and accommodation expenses for DHBW students in Colombia and subsidises accommodation expenses of UNAB students in Germany.
Tuition fees at guest university
Consideration of academic performance abroad
Credits earned abroad are fully recognised and transferred.

Program participants since study year 2015-16

Application Process

Please send the following required documents to the International Office of your home university:

  • Application form
  • CV in English
  • Letter of motivation in English (at least 1.5 pages of text)
  • Transcript of records
  • Copy of passport
  • Consent from workplace training provider (page 3 in the application form)
  • Language certificate at B2 level in: Spanish (DHBW students) / English (UNAB students)