As with all double bachelor’s programmes, there is an overlap between the two bachelors’: Some courses from the academic Bachelor’s above accounting for 100 ECTS are also validated as part of the Bachelor’s in Business and Leadership.
The other part (80 ECTS) gives you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and equip you with the mindset and skills that fit your career aspirations. Business acumen and leadership develop mainly through guided practice and reflection, not lectures.
It consists of 3 blocks: Entrepreneurship & Project Management, personal development, foreign languages and an internship.
Entrepreneurship & project management: 3 year-long projects
It is time for you to be in the driver’s seat and experiment with entrepreneurship. Each year, you will work in teams on a problem or an opportunity of your choice with the support of a dedicated Forward Leadership Fellow who will guide you and teach you the necessary methodologies and techniques so that you progress step by step towards making an impact.
You will carry out a total of three different projects, one project each year.
Along the way, you will not only make a concrete difference; you will gain highly valuable skills for your future career such as design thinking, SCRUM, research methods, interviewing, surveying, data analysis, project management, performance management, teamwork, and impact evaluation.
You can choose three of these entrepreneurship modules (research and consulting are mutually exclusive):
Research is entrepreneurial as it requires courage, creativity, and rigor at the same time. Available in Year 3, you will work individually or in a team in close collaboration with one of our Forward academic Fellows.
Read more about Forward’s Research Project
Personal development (15 ECTS) supports you in growing your social and emotional skills and mindsets for adaptive futures. Students develop high self-awareness and resilience, cultural competency, and an approach to leadership that is impact-oriented, practical, empathetic and collaborative.
Students will attend about 14 core modules throughout the 3 years
These are focused on three overarching topics that cover emotional intelligence, social intelligence, and career readiness. The modules broadly include:
• Working in teams
• Interpersonal Relationships
• Living in a Community
• Encountering Culture & Yourself
• Having difficult conversations
• Communication II
• Motivations & Courage
• Stress management & balance
• Decision making
• Leadership & Strategy
• Career Readiness
The Forward 360 Skills Assessment consolidates feedback from your peers and tutors on four core categories of skills: cognitive, social, emotional and practical.
This tool allows students to assess their progress and, with the guidance of personal coaches, set your goals and aspirations for the coming year. This assessment provides Forward Graduates with a Skills Map that supports their applications for master programmes and career options.
Before graduating from Forward College, Double Bachelor will have to complete mandatory work experience that amounts to a total duration of between 210 and 280 hours, roughly 6 to 8 weeks. An internship gives you the best opportunities to gain valuable work experience, whilst also exploring and testing a career path. Students who accomplish their research or consulting project with an external organisation will ipso facto validate their internship.
As part of their learning expedition, Forward College encourages immersion in the local culture through learning and practising the local language (Portuguese, French and German).
We offer language courses tailored to various proficiency levels with specific provisions and objectives for non-beginners. Students can attend weekly classes throughout the year during which they will receive personalised feedback.