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Institutions offering foreign degrees

Transnational degree programmes represent one of the variants in which the internationalisation of higher education is apparent, and it is one of the areas in which AQU Catalunya, in its capacity as a university quality assurance agency, is actively involved. In accordance with the Catalan Universities Act (LUC), education institutions wishing to offer a programme leading to a degree awarded by a foreign institution that has no equivalent to a recognised degree in Catalonia, must be evaluated by AQU prior to authorisation by the Catalan Government.

The methodology proposed by AQU Catalunya envisages two instruments:

  • A protocol for gathering evidence that, together with a site visit, should make it possible to determine the potential of the institution established in Catalonia to properly run the study programme. This protocol pays special attention to: public information on the study programme, the management of academic activity, the resources and the quality assurance system.
  • A questionnaire for analysing the position of the foreign institution awarding the degree. The aim of the questionnaire is to gather evidence on its academic potential in the discipline and its internal and external quality assurance systems.

These two instruments, together with a site visit to the institution giving the programme, will provide the necessary information for the AQU report, which is necessary in order for the providing institution running the programme in Catalonia to receive authorisation, to be drawn up. 

PDF PDF Guide to the assessment of institutions offering foreign degrees in Catalonia (October 2016)

Institutions evaluated

Institute of the Arts Barcelona: IAB

PDF PDF External evaluation report (May 2015) 

EDU España-Deutschland University Studies

PDF PDF eEternal evaluation report (May 2011)