The typical model for establishing branch campuses abroad is to offer specialized programs or schools. In Qatar, for instance, Carnegie Mellon University offers business administration and computer science, Cornell a medical school and Georgetown a School of Foreign Service. Also in Qatar, Texas A&M offers engineering, and Virginia Commonwealth art and design.
As colleges set up branch campuses abroad, how do these outposts change the institutional role as employers? Experts say many institutions have yet to grapple with the legal and equity issues involved.