Hybrid Study Abroad Programs and Associated Risks

Hybrid study abroad programs are a mixture of outsourcing and more direct involvement. An institution that takes a hybrid approach typically shares administrative costs and other financial burdens with a host-country organization.

Common characteristics of a hybrid approach may include sending home-country faculty members abroad to teach for the short or long term, engaging or otherwise relying on host-country faculty members, or using some combination of those strategies.

Similarly, an institution that runs a hybrid program may or may not admit host-country students, may or may not own and/or lease facilities abroad, and may or may not hire host-country employees and/or contractors to administer the program.

Primary risks with hybrid programs (not an exhaustive list):

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