INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH - UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION

Another valuable service offered by GradUS is facilitating academic partnerships between U.S. and international institutions. While at Marist, Dr. Sharma was successful in forging such relationships between Marist College and five institutions in India.

What follows is a description of some programs which could be implemented between partner institutions. Dr. Sharma, while at Marist, helped develop MOU's (Memorandum of Understanding) between Marist and several Indian institutions.

Possible programs:

  • 1. TWO PLUS TWO BACHELOR'S AND TWO PLUS THREE MASTER'S PROGRAMS
  • 2. SUMMER CAMPUS VISIT PROGRAM
  • 3. STUDY ABROAD AND/OR STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
  • 4. FACULTY EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS:

1. TWO PLUS TWO BACHELOR'S PROGRAM

  • Students working towards a bachelor degree complete their first two years of study in their home country and final two in the U.S.
    • Students save money by studying their first two years in their home country
  • International universities can market their U.S. partner affiliations
  • Student application process between institutions streamlined as a result of the partnership
  • Student transfers to a U.S. institution
    • Transferable credits determined by U.S. institution
    • Course requirements towards bachelors determined by U.S. institution
    • International universities and their partner U.S. institutions work in collaboration to ensure that the maximum number of credits transfer between institutions
  • Upon completion of all required courses, student receives a bachelor's degree from the U.S. institution
    • Two plus two very similar to a transfer between a community college and a four-year degree program

SUMMARY

  • Students study their first two years in their home country and their last two in the U.S.
  • Degree to be awarded from U.S. institution
  • Transferable credits determined by U.S. institution

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Foreign universities may need to be compensated for the loss of two years of tuition
  • Scholarships and/or tuition discounts can be considered given the potential large disparity between foreign and domestic tuitions

2. TWO PLUS THREE MASTER'S PROGRAM

  • Students working towards a master's degree complete their first two years of study in their home country and final three in the U.S. (or vice versa: first three years in their home country and final two in the U.S.)
  • Structure and benefits of two plus two program applicable to two plus three as well
  • Upon completion of all required courses, student receives a master's degree from the U.S. institution

3. SUMMER CAMPUS VISIT PROGRAM

  • U.S. institution offers a full description and itinerary of their summer program to partner foreign universities
  • Foreign students register and complete payment for their selected summer program
  • International students get a taste of life on a U.S. college campus
  • Summer programs may include both academic and cultural components, i.e., short-term courses (including language-based classes), cultural/historical excursions on weekends, visiting local businesses, etc.
  • Program details could change from year-to-year
  • Program is highly successful as a pipeline to enrollment

4. STUDY ABROAD AND/OR STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

5. FACULTY EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

  • Faculties exchanged on a 1:1 basis
  • Home institution pays salary as well as visa and transportation costs
  • Host institution arranges lodging
  • Arranged on a per semester basis
  • Disciplines of exchanged faculties could be different
  • A popular program amongst faculty