SIS offers one-of-a-kind dual Master’s degree programs with several renowned universities abroad. These programs allow graduate students to earn two Master’s degrees from two universities in two years. With the exception of the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) Program in Costa Rica, students can choose any field of study in SIS and a second one at the partner institution. With degrees granted in two countries, students participating in the dual degree programs gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to excel in careers in both countries.
How the programs work
- Students register for regular AU/SIS courses during their first year in SIS (or first semester for NRSD students). While studying at the partner institution in the second year, students register for AU/SIS exchange credit. These exchange credits typically cover coursework only; research and/or internship credit will be registered under normal AU guidelines.
- Students pay AU tuition and some fees. This allows them to apply their financial aid packages to their semester abroad. As dual degree programs are designed for the independent graduate student, additional program fees do not apply.
- Students pay limited fees to the partner institution. These fees can include welcome program, state-mandated insurance, and activities fees.
- Students are responsible for their own accommodation, airfare, ground transportation, school supplies, and other personal living expenses while at the partner institution.
- Students may choose to indicate on their SIS applications that they are interested in a specific dual degree program. Once enrolled at SIS, students will need to apply to a specific program through the SIS Office of International Programs. *Note: The NRSD Program with the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica ONLY accepts applications at the time of admission to SIS. Students may NOT apply to NRSD once enrolled in another graduate program at SIS.
- Good academic and university standing.
- Students must meet with their academic advisors to get approval for the courses they plan to take prior to departure.