In this blog post, our student ambassador Andrew shares his experiences, advantages and challenges, he has experienced as a student in a double degree programme.
“As a student in the Bachelor’s Programme in Software and Systems Engineering at LUT University, I have a unique opportunity to participate in a double degree programme developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology in China. This programme offers me a chance to receive a degree certificate from two universities after fulfilling the degree requirements of both universities.
Pros of a double degree programme
The most significant benefit of participating in a double degree programme is the opportunity to expand your educational opportunities. During your studies at LUT, you get the chance to gain access to diverse academic resources, facilities, and experiences. This allows you to learn from different perspectives and approaches to solving problems. Additionally, you get to experience different cultures and ways of life, which is an excellent way to develop your global competencies.
Another benefit of participating in a double degree programme is the improved job prospects. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with diverse skill sets and cultural competencies. As a double degree holder, you will have the advantage of standing out from other job applicants who hold a single degree, such as being proficient in another language and familiar with a foreign working culture. Moreover, you will have an access to international job markets, which can open up many opportunities for your career.
Cons of a double degree programme
Of course, there are also some challenges associated with participating in a double degree programme. One of the most significant is the cultural and academic differences of the two countries. Professors from China have a unique teaching style compared to those at LUT, which might require some adjustments from students. Nevertheless, all professors try their best to deliver the most optimal education environment for students in the programme.
Another challenge of participating in a double degree programme is the higher academic expectations. Studying at two different universities means that you will be required to meet higher academic standards. You will be competing against other high-performing students from both universities, which can be challenging. Additionally, on top of your usual studies, you have to complete some intensive Chinese language courses, which may take up quite a bit of time and effort from students.
My personal experience in the double degree programme
Despite the challenges, I found that participating in a double degree programme has been a rewarding experience. I chose the programme because I was interested in software and systems engineering and had a desire for international experience. Although the academic requirements are high, I appreciated the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with students from different backgrounds.
One of the challenges I faced was adjusting to a new academic system and culture. However, I found that the professors and staff at both universities were helpful and supportive, which made the transition easier. Additionally, I enjoy being exposed to new technologies and approaches to problem-solving.
Given the fact the programme is so new (two years old at the moment I am writing this), there is a lot of room for improvement. The structure of this programme is being updated according to the industry requirements, which means students will become very competent when they enter the job market.
Participating in a double degree programme is a valuable educational opportunity that offers many advantages, such as increased educational opportunities and improved job prospects. However, it is essential to be aware of the challenges associated with this type of programme, such as added time and expense, and higher academic expectations. Overall, I find the experience of participating in a double degree programme to be rewarding and would certainly encourage other students to consider it as an option.”
The Bachelor’s Programme in Software and Systems Engineering is a unique, international double degree programme developed in cooperation with the Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. Students admitted to this bachelor’s programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. Students complete the entire degree in Lahti, Finland.