Franchised/Validated and Joint/Dual-Degree Programs

    Relevant Legal Structure

    Australian higher education providers can run degree programs in foreign countries and often do so in collaboration with local providers. However all in-country conditions and legal requirements need to be met. Examples of regulatory issues that may arise when Australian universities and other higher education providers operate overseas are provided via this link.

    Institutional Support Available

    As globalization of higher education continues, countries are increasingly binding themselves to agreements intended to reduce barriers to entry for universities and other higher education providers in foreign jurisdictions. The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement entered into by Australia and other countries, covered in Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for Australian Higher Education Providers, is just one example.1

    The National Strategy for International Education 2025, which was launched at the start of 2016, supports government-to-government engagement. It is designed to enable Australia’s international education sector to be more adaptive, innovative and globally engaged. It will strengthen our internationally recognized education system, increase global partnerships and drive collaboration with local communities and international partners.


    As of the first half of 2015, there were 279,083 international students enrolled at higher education institutions (onshore and offshore).