Forming International Agreements
Any time a program or individual (acting in their official university capacity) seeks to form a collaboration with an international institution for the purpose of research, student and/or faculty exchange, degree articulation (such as a 2+2 or 2+3) or other scholarly purpose, an Institutional Collaboration Agreement and an accompanying Activity Agreement, Exchange Agreement, Transfer Agreement, or Articulation Agreement must be developed and approved by UC International or the International Admissions Office (IAO), the appropriate VP, and the Office of General Counsel.
UC International and/or the IAO must be notified in advance of any agreements being drafted, agreed upon, or signed. This will ensure consistency across agreements as well as guarantee that the established protocol is being followed. Failure to include UC International and/or IAO in the planning and development process will result in an agreement not meeting University approval.
Priorities to consider before drafting an agreement are:
- The partnership aligns with university goals and resources
- The appropriate leadership is in agreement with the terms (e.g., Department Head, Dean)
- All financial aspects have been vetted (scholarships, tuition, fees)
- Admissions requirements and process have been established
The Office of General Counsel has reviewed standard agreement types and has advised us regarding necessary general provision language each contract should contain. It is required that you use our templates in lieu of drafting your own agreement or using the partner school’s template.