Laurea Magistrale in Banking and Finance

The Netherlands, University of Groningen

The Netherlands, University of Groningen

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Applications are open until March 1st, 2024. 


The programme offers students enrolled in the first year of their Master’s Degree at Cattolica the possibility of obtaining a Double Degree: 

  • Laurea Magistrale in Banking and Finance (B&F) from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 
  • Master of Science (MSc) in International Financial Management from University of Groningen 

The programme covers two years of study of the Laurea Magistrale, the first year at Università Cattolica and the second year at Groningen.

Departures are scheduled in August 2024 for the academic year 2024/2025.  

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In order to obtain a Master of Science at the University of Groningen, students must complete the programme following exams set out in the agreement. 

First Year at Università Cattolica 
Advanced Microeconomics* 
Quantitative Methods for Finance* 
Corporate Finance* 
Monetary Economics
Principles of Financial Regulation 
Derivatives Securities Pricing* 
Applied Econometrics* 
Foreign Language 


Second Year at University of Groningen  
Year 2 Courses Taken at University of Groningen  Course Counted by Cattolica as: 
Empirical Methods for MSc IFM - 5 EC Credited as Applied Statistics for Finance (6 CFU)
International Management Accounting and Control - 5 EC  Extra Credit by UCSC (Credited as Project Management (8 CFU) 
Financial Management for Multinationals - 5 EC  Credited as International Corporate Finance (8 CFU)  
International Financial Institutions and Governance - 5 EC  Credited as International Financial Markets (4 CFU)  
International Risk Analysis and Research - 5 EC  Credited as Investment Risk Management (4 CFU)  
International Financial Reporting - 5 EC  Credited as Advanced Financial Accounting (5 CFU)°
Elective Course 1 - 5 EC  Credited as Risk Management (8 CFU)  
Elective Course 2 - 5 EC  Credited as Market Microstructure (8 CFU)  
Thesis Project - 20 EC  Credited as Master’s Thesis project (20 CFU)  

°If Advanced Financial Accounting is taken in Year 1 at Cattolica, International Financial Reporting will be credited as extra credit and it will appear as Corporate governance and social responsibility (Part I)   
* IMPORTANT - Academic progression 
Programme students must pass at least the following courses of Phase 1 at Cattolica before they can start Phase 2 at UG: 

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives Securities Pricing
  • Applied Econometrics

These exams are a compulsory pre-requisite to be fully admitted at Groningen and must be completed within the July session. 

Students are waived from the test and are assigned with a B2.1 level because attending an English-taught degree course.

The final thesis will be prepared at University of Groningen and discussed at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore upon return at home university, in accordance with the rules set by the Faculty Board. 

Please note that all students taking part in the Degree programme are required, in accordance with Cattolica regulations, to take the Theology exams present in their course plan.

Estimated cost of the programme is €2,314 for EU students and €17,800 for non-EU students. This cost may be subject to change for the next academic year, based on Groningen internal financial adjustments. 

Upon official acceptance from Groningen, all students will have to pay a non-refundable programme fee of €500 to Cattolica International. This fee will include administrative and application fees and the student safety package and insurance. 

Cattolica International will award scholarships of €500 to eligible candidates, while funds are available. 
All students will be responsible for the costs of their stay abroad (travel, room and board, University of Groningen registration fees, costs of academic material, and health insurance). 

Read here useful information about the accommodation

Selected students must also be officially enrolled at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore during their time at University of Groningen (keeping to university set deadlines for fees, study plans, graduation scheduling requests etc). 

Thanks to a partnership between Istituto Toniolo and BPER Banca, students can apply for a student loan. Read more

All students participating in an official Cattolica International programme must accept the “Student Safety Package” provisions by downloading the “Safety Check Students” app for the geolocation and instant messaging features to be used exclusively in the event of an emergency.

The “Student Safety Package” also includes health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the programme. 


Cattolica International
Tel. 02 7234 5252

School of Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences
Dean, Prof.ssa Elena Beccalli

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