Benefits for Student: Two degrees, study abroad, access to funding
Benefits to University: Increases outbound student mobility, increases inbound international student intake, provides an attractive and competitive option for recruiting domestic and international students
The importance of student mobility is evident, government’s across the globe are now actively supporting outbound student mobility. The importance of domestic students having an overseas experience has never been more evident.
University partnerships have focused on study abroad, exchange, progression/articulation and third party providers. Most of these models are for inbound student mobility, aside from study abroad and exchange. However, our experience of study abroad and exchange is that it has limited availability and is very competitive. In the UK many students would like to participate but are not offered the opportunity due to the limits on places. This is further complicated in the UK by year long exchange students not having to pay fees, but universities having to cater for the inbound student.
International dual degrees not only enable students to obtain two degrees, they ensure that students have an overseas experience. They also bring international students onto campus from the partner university assisting the university with internationalisation and international student recruitment.
An excellent example of the International dual degree programme offered is at Science PO, an internationally recognised university. Science PO offer a number of international dual degrees with prestigious universities across the globe. The programmes are popular and attract both domestic and international students.
The way that international dual degrees are set up means that students in countries that traditionally have no access to funding for overseas study are able to obtain funding.
International duel degrees are undoubtedly the way forward, have hug benefits for students and universities, over the next few years we will see more and more of this type of degree offering.