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BY CHARLOTTE WEST

in North
Carolina, graduated in May 2015, she completed two bachelor's degrees: one in public relations
from Appalachian State and another in communications research and analysis from La Universidad
de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico.
WHEN SHANNON TRUDEAU, A SENIOR AT APPAL ACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Launched in 2011 and built on a direct exchange model,
the collaboration between the two universities allows students from either institution to obtain dual bachelor's degrees
in communication. The partnership between Appalachian
State and UDLAP is just one example of the kind of collaborative-degree programs that are becoming an increasingly
popular way for institutions to deepen relationships with
international partners.
After completing their first year at their home institution, students complete their sophomore and junior years at
the host institution in the other country, then return home
for their final year. U.S. students studying at UDLAP need
to be able to take courses in Spanish, whereas Mexican students at Appalachian State are expected to take coursework
in English.
The idea of earning more than one degree from institutions in multiple countries is an attractive one for students,
especially those interested in working internationally.

Trudeau says she chose the program at Appalachian State
because she wanted to stand out among her peers: "I thought
it would open more doors for me in the future as well as help
me improve my Spanish speaking abilities that can carry forward into the work place."
She has already been able to leverage her international
experience to gain professional experience. "My dual degree definitely helped me get my internship at National
Geographic the summer of 2013 and I do talk about it in
interviews since it gives the employer a better background of
who I am and what I can do," Trudeau explains.
Similarly, the program's first Mexican student, Francisco
Contreras Salazar, says that the experience has led to opportunities to work for TV and radio stations and write online
sports editorials in English.
Salazar, who will graduate in December 2015, explains
that he benefitted from the dual-degree program because it
allowed him to live in the United States for two years, and

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Degrees Without Borders
The Right Prescription for Internationalization
InBrief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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