Law or psychology? Political science or letters? It may not be necessary to choose. Most schools and universities allow you to combine two courses. Increasingly prevalent in the humanities and social sciences, double licensing broadens your spectrum of knowledge.
"There are fewer literary bi-courses than in the hard sciences, but they are very successful, and the double degrees in LEA (applied foreign languages) are the most popular, for example, students can combine LEA with law or LEA with management, "explains Khaled Bouabdallah, president of the University of Lyon.
These bi-cursus are arranged so that the student can follow the courses of two licenses. Training can take place at the same university or in two different institutions. Edgar Brossollet, for example, is in the second year at Sciences Po Paris, in a two-year course in history at Paris IV and Sorbonne University. "I have a passion for history that I feed at the Sorbonne Sciences Po brings me associative life, openness abroad and a better insurance for the future," says the 19-year-old .
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A landscaped course
No worries, it is not a question of cumulating two courses in their entirety. In Grade 1, while his peers in Sciences Po had 25 hours of classes per week, Edgar shared his week between 14 hours at the IEP and 7 hours at the Sorbonne.
In second year, time is divided more evenly between the two courses. Students spend a few days rue Saint-Guillaume and a few days on the site of Malesherbes or Clignancourt for the Sorbonne. "The number of class hours is pretty much similar to conventional courses, plus a few extra hours of work at home – at least an extra hour a day, but it really depends on weeks," says Edgar. .
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Significant work capacity
According to the student, the challenge lies especially in the organization. "Sometimes you do nothing for a week, then everything happens at once.The work at the Sorbonne is less regular than Sciences Po, but when it falls, it is consistent.The working methods are also different: rather, group presentations at Sciences Po, and library research for the Sorbonne ". The student in bi-cursus must therefore have a great capacity for work, be adaptable and know how to organize his time.
The president of the University of Lyon, Khaled Bouabdallah, advises to consult the prerequisites for these bi-cursus registered on Parcoursup. "You will find the expectations related to the specialty, but also the skills of methodology and ability to work.This is not about working twice, but not far …"
Edgar Brossollet, who is also president of the association of bi-cursus Sciences Po – Sorbonne University (SPIV), says that students in bi-cursus have a particularly high level. "Half of the best students in Sciences Po are bi-cursus, while they represent 15% of the workforce," he says. These students would therefore find it easier to find a master afterwards. Their opportunities to go abroad are also increased, since they benefit both the partnerships of Sciences Po and the Sorbonne.
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Curricula that open the field of possibilities
"These are very complete and highly sought-after courses, which open the field of possibilities for further study and professional integration.", confirms Khaled Bouabdallah.After a bachelor's degree, you can go to a bi-master, with the same themes or not, or to a simple master.It is also possible to do one or two years of bachelor's degree in course and then return to a classical course. "This is a double degree, if you do not validate one of them, nothing prevents you to continue with the other only," says the president of the University of Lyon.
To integrate a bi-license, the application process is identical to the classic license. The selection can however be severe, put more chances on your side by also applying to simple licenses. In the case of a bi-cursus between several institutions, you can often apply to both. For the bi-cursus of Sciences Po and Paris IV – Sorbonne University for example, each institution accepts candidates.
Find the bi-license adapted to your project
Most institutions offer dual courses, find the one that suits you in our directory of courses. Here are some examples :
→ The double degree in Economics and Management – Applied Foreign Languages from the University of Strasbourg
→ The double degree German-Germanic Studies and History with the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle.
→ The double degree in Law and Philosophy at the University of Lyon 3 – Jean Moulin.
→ The double Bachelor Degree in Management – LEA (Applied Foreign Languages) of Ia Lyon
→ The double degree Social Sciences and History or Philosophy or Letters of Sciences Po and Paris IV – Sorbonne University.