What a Branch Campus Is: A Revised Definition

Stephen Wilkins, Laura Rumbley


Although international branch campuses have become an established part of the cross-border higher education landscape, there is still debate about what an international branch campus actually is. The purpose of this article is to propose a revised definition of “international branch campus” that is clearer and more implementable than existing definitions. To achieve this goal, we considered how the terms “branch” and “campus” are used in business and higher education, and then identified the core features of these campuses.


International branch campuses; offshore campuses; satellite campuses; definition; transnational higher education; cross-border higher education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.0.93.10416



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