Collaborative education programs
Collaborative education programs can offer student recruitment opportunities, increase IU’s visibility in other countries and with international institutions of higher education, and foster faculty research collaboration. Academic units at IU may consider any of the following to diversify their international engagements.
Degree-granting collaborative education programs
Academic units may structure opportunities for students at international institutions of higher education to earn a degree at Indiana University.
Dual and joint degrees pose reputational risks to IU and, therefore, must be carefully considered. Such degrees are approved only with primary partners of IU or with leading peer institutions that have parallel strengths in a particular field of study. These programs involve a two-way flow of students, meaning that they are open to students from both IU and the partnering institution, and require substantial collaboration between faculty members. Joint degrees involve collaboration by an IU academic unit and a partner institution to offer a degree program that neither would have the resources to offer without combining expertise and instruction; upon completion of a joint degree program, both institutions' names appear on the diploma. Joint degrees are considered new degrees and must be approved by the Board of Trustees. Because of their complexity and the time commitment required for their development and approval, joint degrees are rarely considered by IU academic units.
Cooperative education programs, or facilitated transfer programs, are designed to make the transfer process easier for international students who are interested in earning a degree at IU. A student's home institution, at its discretion, may accept the credits that the student earns at IU and confer a separate degree. These programs may be done with existing partners of IU or in affiliation with a non-partner institution.