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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Chungnam National University (CNU) in Daejeon, South Korea, signed an international dual degree agreement July 15, which will allow students the opportunity to earn a degree from each of the universities.

“The biggest thing for us is that it’s our first international dual degree agreement,” said Jennifer Graff, director of the office of international education.

The agreement was signed by Gyu C. Kim, vice president of international affairs, on behalf of CNU. Kim spent time touring the UW Oshkosh campus, learning about the MBA program and discussing the new program while in Oshkosh. Perry Rettig, associate vice chancellor of faculty and academic staff affairs at UW Oshkosh, told Kim the agreement is a great opportunity because “it gives our students a chance to learn from you,” before signing the agreement.

A dual degree can be achieved when a student begins coursework at one university and then transitions to the other partner university. The partner university will review coursework from the first university and allow the student the opportunity to obtain a second degree.

“For Korean students, it’s important because in Asia it’s not good enough to just have a bachelor’s degree, you need a dual degree,” Graff said. “And it’s important for us because it helps to internationalize our campus.”

UW Oshkosh students, along with CNU students, will influence each other with new ways of thinking, Graff said.

“The students who come in on a dual degree will have to meet the same requirements for enrollment,” Graff said. “It may take some time, but we will see an increase in Korean students on campus in about two years.”

To learn more about the dual degree program, contact the Office of International Education (OIE) or visit http://www.uwosh.edu/oie/ for more information.

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