General Questions and Answers
1. What is the difference between an individual dual degree, a program dual degree and a joint degree and which ones are available at the UA?
Dual degree programs: students earn two degrees, one from each university. A significant amount of overlap in coursework is allowed. The UA offers two types of dual degrees program dual degrees and individual dual degrees.
Program dual degree: an agreement at the program level for dual degrees that is open to any student
Individual dual degree: an agreement for an individual student
Joint degree: students earn only ONE degree, but it is awarded jointly by both universities. UA does not offer joint degrees with foreign universities.
2. How do I make sure the partner institution meets the necessary accreditation requirements)?
The Graduate College makes that determination.
3. What information do I need to collect to begin the development process? Is there a special format?
Submitting a draft proposal identifying the partner institution, type of degree involved, sponsoring academic department and overall project goal is very helpful. For program dual degrees, there is not special format, but samples are available upon request. For individual dual degrees, the faculty sponsor should complete the individual dual degree template.
4. Who completes the individual dual degree program proposal form?
On the UA side, the faculty member sponsoring the student, with approvals from the department and the Graduate College.
5. How many credits can be transferred to the UA as part of the dual degree?
This is negotiated, but in general as a minimum, the student must meet all UA requirements and 50% of the UA credit requirements.
6. Who evaluates the proposed transfer courses?
The Graduate College along with the academic department.
7. How long does the program development process take?
The process can take up to several months depending on the structure of the desired program and the response from the partner abroad. It is preferable that the interested departments outline a proposal of the plan and set up an initial meeting with the Office of Global Initiatives to discuss the proposal from the beginning in order to move through the program development process more quickly.
8. When a student wants to participate in the program, at what point do they apply to each institution?
As soon as the student plans to be part of a dual degree program. Acceptance is not guaranteed.
9. What should I do if a student meets all admissions requirements, but still needs further English language preparation?
The student may be eligible for conditional admission.
10. What type of immigration document will be issued for incoming international dual degree students?
Students will be issued Form I-20 and apply for F1 visa valid for the period of time physically attending UA. Break in physical presence at UA will result in new document being issued for subsequent term(s).
11. Can an international student work at the UA or in the Tucson community as part of the dual degree program?
International students in F1 status are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during school term.
12. Will UA students that participate in the dual degree program and spend a semester or year abroad be able to maintain enrollment at the UA while they are studying at the partner institution?
UA students who spend a semester or year abroad as part of an official dual degree program will be able to maintain active enrollment at the UA through the office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange. Students will be enrolled in study abroad or “SA” units while abroad and will then transfer credit back to the UA upon completion of their studies abroad. There is a $500 fee for this service that will be charged directly to the students bursar account.
13. Can my department offer distance courses as part of the dual degree program? If so, how many and what fees are involved?
As a college, University of Arizona Outreach College (UAOC) is charged with helping UA Colleges and Departments meet their outreach goals, which include assessing the needs of and serving greater numbers of diverse students. Departments may offer distance courses as part of a dual degree program as long as UAOC is serving a non-traditional student audience, (not a traditional campus audience seeking a degree on main campus).
Also, international students will be limited to the number of online courses while physically at UA in F1 immigration status Outreach College is mandated to charge the current Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) approved tuition. In addition, distance students are charged the Arizona Financial Aid Trust (AFAT) fee, the Information Technology/Library Fee (ITL) and the UAOC Registration Fee. Some programs have received ABOR approval to charge program fees or differential tuition. Departments should check with UAOC for current tuition and fees before implementing a new program. Other university fees that may apply for the student are UA Admission Applications.
14. Can my department offer part of the dual degree program off-cycle? If so, how and what fees are involved?
Yes, a department may offer part of a dual degree program off-cycle. UAOC is able to schedule courses “off” the traditional university course calendar. UAOC requires that departments first contact UAOC Program Development Director to implement new programs and courses. A course request process is required to establish courses run through Outreach College. The same tuition and fee structure applies as outlined in question #13.
15. What if the partner institution has different legal requirements for drafting an agreement?
There is usually not a problem including the necessary language for both institutions and their legal representatives. All agreements are reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Arizona. If problems should arise, they will be negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis.
16. Who is responsible for administering the program outlined in the agreement?
The sponsoring academic unit is primarily responsible for communication with the partner institution for promotion of the program abroad and facilitating an easy transition to the University of Arizona. The Graduate College will process the transfer student admissions applications and the Office of International Student Services will assist with producing the appropriate immigration documents as appropriate, providing new international student orientation, and advising on immigration matters while the student is at the University of Arizona.
17. How long will the agreement remain valid?
All dual degrees should have a fixed period of validity. The Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) recommends five years as the initial period of validity for program dual degrees. Individual dual degrees will be valid for the time it takes for the student to complete the proposed dual degree program. For program dual degrees, it should be stated in the agreement that it will be evaluated prior to the end date to determine whether it will be renewed. OGI will monitor the expiration of all agreements and will send a notice to individual academic units in advance of the expiration date.
18. Should there be a foreign language version of the agreement?
University of Arizona departments should be sensitive to providing an opportunity for the other institution to produce a second-language version of the agreement, which should be equivalent to the English language version. It is the responsibility of the initiating academic/administrative unit to work with the partner institution in order to provide appropriate translations of agreements.
19. Who needs to approve and sign the agreement?
The principal University of Arizona contact signs the Routing and Approval Sheet and then obtains the signatures of the reporting Department Head or Director and the responsible Dean. The Routing and Approval Sheet is then directed to the Office of Global Initiatives in order to continue the vetting process. Once the necessary approvals are received, the agreement is sent to the Office of Global Initiatives for final review and preparation for signature. An electronic version of the transfer articulation agreement in each language in which it exists must also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so original documents can be printed.
If the dual degree agreement meets legal and contractual requirements, the Office of Global Initiatives will approve and complete the routing process by sending it to the Associate Dean and Dean of the Graduate College for final review and signature.