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New Report focuses on Transatlantic Joint and Dual/Double Degree Programs

The report assesses the current landscape of transatlantic degree programs and identifies inherent challenges and opportunities of expanding existing or developing new programs

Joint and Dual/Double Degree Programs in the Transatlantic Context

January 30, 2009—The Institute of International Education (IIE) and Freie Universität Berlin have released a new book featuring practical recommendations for developing and delivering collaborative degree programs between U.S. and European universities. The publication, Joint and Double Degree Programs: An Emerging Model for Transatlantic Exchange, features articles and insights from higher education administrators and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic who are seeking to equip their students with the international experience, perspective and skills to succeed in today’s global economy. Articles are divided into six thematic sections that assess the development of collaborative degree programs from beginning to end.

As professional collaboration with colleagues and customers in other countries increases across sectors, colleges and universities around the world are looking to joint and double degree programs as a way to offer their students meaningful international experiences. The diverse language and cultural fluencies they obtain will help prepare them for successful careers, whether in business, government or academia. The book seeks to provide practical recommendations on key challenges, such as communications, sustainability, curriculum design, and student recruitment.

A survey conducted last year by IIE and the Freie Universität Berlin found that universities in both the U.S. and Europe are working to establish more international joint and double degree programs.

The survey and book are part of a project sponsored by the “European Union-United States Atlantis Program,” jointly administered and funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture. The project was launched in cooperation with several leading U.S. and European institutions including IIE and the State University of New York in the U.S., and Freie Universität Berlin, the Franco-German University, and the Latvian Rectors' Council in the EU.


Joint and Double Degree Programs: An Emerging Model for Transatlantic Exchange

This publication features articles and insights from higher education administrators and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic who are seeking to equip their students with the international experience, perspective and skills to succeed in today’s global economy.

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The IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education

This book, as well as other upcoming publications, are part of the new IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, which assists colleges and universities in developing and sustaining institutional partnerships with their counterparts around the world.

More about the Center


Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Transatlantic Context: A Survey Report

Published in January 2009

This report examines the key findings of an extensive survey conducted in spring 2008, based on responses from 180 higher education institutions in the United States and the European Union. The report assesses the current landscape of transatlantic degree programs and identifies inherent challenges and opportunities of expanding existing or developing new programs.

Download the Report (319 KB, PDF)


Other Resources

About the Atlantis Program

Transatlantic Degree Programs Project

Open Doors Report

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