Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Global Context

Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Global Context, a new report produced by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Freie Universität Berlin and based on a survey conducted in spring 2011, assesses the current landscape of joint and double degree programs and identifies the challenges, opportunities, motivations, and impact of developing such programs. The study presents findings from a global perspective, as well as country-specific trends for the six countries with the highest number of institutions responding to the survey: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the U.S.

Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Global Context finds that a growing number of universities around the world are developing joint and double degree programs, and that nearly two thirds of the institutions responding reported that they launched these new degree programs in the past decade. The study found that a development that largely started in Europe in the 1990s has now become an increasingly important global trend, with 95 percent of the nearly 250 respondents in 28 countries saying they want to develop more joint and double degree programs.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary and Major Findings
Methodology, Respondents, Terminology
Part I: Numbers, Countries, and Disciplines
Part II: Academic Disciplines, Languages, and Mobility
Part III: Selection, Recruitment, and Enrollment
Part IV: Accreditation and Credits
Part V: Program Development
Part VI: Motivations, Impact, and Challenges
Part VII: Future Development of Joint or Double Degree Programs