By LUCAS OLIVEAS/MUMBAI/BELGRADE (Reuters) – A study abroad program launched by the University of Southern California on Monday allows students to earn a degree in two years while completing their postgraduate studies.
The new program, which is aimed at undergraduate students from countries including India, Vietnam and Indonesia, will help them complete their degree in a year instead of the three years needed for a doctorate.
The study abroad plan, which has not been formally announced, is part of a growing trend among universities to offer graduate studies abroad programs for those who want to make their mark in the workforce.
The U.S. has seen a rise in the number of postgraduate degrees awarded by universities and postgraduate programs in recent years, with the number up to 1,300 in 2017.
In the United States, the U.K., Singapore and Australia all have postgraduate study abroad programs in place, with Australia leading the way in terms of students enrolled in a degree program.
The University of South Florida, which launched the program on Monday, says it is the first U.U.S.-based postgraduate program that offers two-year graduate programs, a move that has attracted interest from students from India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
“The ability to study abroad for a second year is a fantastic opportunity for students and their families to experience their own cultural and cultural exchange and to build relationships and friendships,” the university said in a statement.
The university said the program would be offered in four countries, starting with India and then expanding to Vietnam, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom.
The program will be offered through a partnership with the university’s Graduate and Professional Education program.
“We have been working to increase the number and diversity of students and families interested in our programs,” the school said.
The university did not specify how many students would be enrolled in the program.
(Reporting by LUCA BINH and RACHEL GIBSON in Belgrade; Editing by Tom Heneghan)