Dual Degree

Dual Degree Program with the Portugal Catholic University

A new, dual degree master program is about to launch at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The Lisbon-based Portugal Catholic University and the Budapest-based Pázmány Péter Catholic University signed a protocol in 2014, in which both institutions agreed on the establishment of a Dual Degree MA in International Studies and Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies. Within the two-year program, Hungarian students will attend the first year at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (International Studies MA) and will continue their second year at the Catholic University of Portugal (MA in Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies).

This programme is designed for students who are interested in the tradition, history, politics, and culture of several countries and for those who are eager to get to know more about the recent challenges of the European Union from the perspective of a country that has been forming part of the European integration for almost three decades. In today’s multicultural world, an academic year spent abroad can be a huge advantage both language- and career-wise. For more information on the programme of study, please click here (for Hungarian students) and here (for Portuguese students).

All holders of International Studies BA degree can apply to the dual degree program. Applicants must have at least a high-intermediate level of English to be considered for admission. This is equivalent to: an English B2, complex intermediate exam / TOEFL 87 + / IELTS 5 +.

Applicants are required:

  • to write a motivation letter in English
  • to participate in an interwiev where their level of English will be tested.

The dual degree program is free for those students who participate in the tution-free training at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. This means that they don't have to pay tution fee or any other additional cost neither to the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, nor to the Portugal Catholic University. Those students who participate in the fee-paying training are not required to pay extra costs in addition to the tution fee.

The programme duration is two years (four semesters). Following the successful completion of the program, students will recieve two degrees: an MA degree in the field of International Studies from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and MA degree in Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal.

Upon graduation, most students move into jobs in the following fields: diplomatic and consular careers; International Organisations, NGOs; teaching and research; state entities; social action entities; local, regional and national public governance institutions; private companies and business associations; financial institutions; media and public relations entities; European Union Institutions; multinational corporations.

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Important application documents for Portuguese students who are accepted to the dual degree master program:

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