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SIS Abroad

Graduate International Dual Degree Programs

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 NRSD Program, 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.

All programs operate out of the SIS Office of International Program Development. For more information, contact sisabroad@american.edu.

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 programs, 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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 Program Development. NB: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.
  • Approved plan of study. Students must meet with their academic advisors to get approval for the courses they plan to take prior to departure.

How to apply:

  • Application deadlines vary according to program, but students need to begin planning their application during their first semester at SIS. All application materials are received and processed by SIS; students may not apply directly to the partner institutions. Partner institutions make the final admissions decisions for dual degree programs. NB: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.  Interested applicants should see the SIS Graduate Admissions website for instructions.
  • Students should attend an info session for the specific program they are interested in and/or meet with the SIS Office of International Program Development to receive program-specific application materials.
  • Applications vary depending on the host school, but generally consist of an application form, essay, AU transcript, and advisor approval form. Some schools also require a completed health form.

Once accepted by the partner institution:

  • Students will work with the partner institution to register for classes, find housing, and enroll in welcome programs.
  • Students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation at SIS prior to attending the host institution. Program details, cross-cultural communication, safety and health concerns, and other important issues will be covered at the orientation.
  • Students will need to submit a Consent and Release Form, Emergency Contact Form, flight itinerary, proof of insurance, and a legible copy of their passport picture/number page at the orientation.
  • Students will be required to purchase supplemental international emergency health insurance through the university.The cost of coverage per semester is approximately $85.
  • Good academic and university standing. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA at AU and be cleared by Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services for participation.