Definitions of Transnational Higher Education

  • Stephen Wilkins
Keywords: Transnational higher education, international branch campuses, international study centers, international study abroad centers, international joint venture institutions, foreign-backed institutions


Transnational higher education involves providers and programs crossing national borders. The providers take a variety of forms, with different ownership structures, objectives, strategies, disciplines, and types of student. The purpose of this article is to identify the different types of transnational education providers, so that these institutions can be categorized and defined. The focus is only on institution mobility, and therefore program mobility—such as distance education, franchised programs, and joint or dual degrees—are outside the scope of the article.

Author Biography

Stephen Wilkins
Associate professor in business management at The British University in Dubai, UAE.
How to Cite
Wilkins, S. (2018). Definitions of Transnational Higher Education. International Higher Education, (95), 5-7.
Internationalization and Transnational Developments