Several Canadian Colleges Sign Degree-Transfer Partnerships With Australia’s Griffith University
Degree Transfer Partnerships Arranged Through AustraLearn Provide Students With More Options For Converting Diplomas To Degrees
More pathways recently opened for Canadian college students to earn their college diplomas in their home country yet go on to earn bachelor’s degrees in Australia.
Representatives from Montreal's John Abbott College, Australia's Griffith University and AustraLearn gather for a signing ceremony for their new degree-transfer agreement.
The options expanded recently through new degree-transfer partnerships – also known as articulation partnerships – between Griffith University in Australia with Montreal’s John Abbott College and Champlain Regional College, a three-campus system that includes Champlain Lennoxville, Champlain St. Lambert and Champlain St. Lawrence. AustraLearn assisted in the development of the partnerships.
“This partnership between Champlain Regional College and Griffith University is the very first partnership of its kind between a college in Quebec and an Australian university,” said Chad DuMond, manager for Canadian Development for GlobaLinks Learning Abroad’s AustraLearn / AsiaLearn / EuroLearn programs. “
In addition, Griffith University also is partnering with Holland College in Prince Edward Island to provide degree-transfer options for its students.
“This also is the first partnership of its kind with an Australian university for Holland College as well,” DuMond said.
Griffith University is considered a flagship institution in creating these partnerships, having articulated more than 30 colleges in Canada and attracting more than 150 students annually, DuMond said.
Depending on degree types and details of individual partnership agreement, degree-conversion programs can provide students a predetermined path that gives them up to two full years of academic credit for their diplomas and the option to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree by adding an additional year or more at a partner international university.
Representatives from Australia's Griffith University, Montreal's Champlain College Saint-Lambert and AustraLearn attend a signing ceremony for a new degree-transfer partnership.
For students, such partnerships may allow them to earn a bachelor’s degree in less time than the traditional four-or-more years at a university, add global experience to their resumes and begin their professional careers earlier and start earning paychecks faster. In some cases, earning a degree in Australia can mean lower education costs overall.
In addition, many students gain valuable insight from living and learning abroad and gaining exposure to other cultures and business practices, DuMond said.
Degree-transfer/degree-conversion options continue to grow via new partnerships between educational institutions both inside and outside Canada. Shorthand descriptions for these agreements include a “2+1,” a “2+1.5” and a “2+2” and refer to the two-year college diploma plus the additional time needed to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a partner university.
For more information on getting degrees overseas, visit GlobaLinks Learning Abroad’s www.DegreesOverseas.com site.