Developing International Agreements
Any time a program or individual seeks to establish a formal collaboration with an international institution, agreements must be developed and approved by UC International, the appropriate VP, and the Office of General Counsel.
No one other than a contracting officer from the Office of General Counsel or the president of the university can sign the university into a legally binding relationship with another institution. Before drafting an agreement, consider the following priorities:
- 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
UC International must be notified in advance of any agreements being drafted, agreed upon, or signed. The Office of General Counsel has provided necessary language for each type of contract which is required in lieu of drafting your own agreement or using the partner school’s template. Each of the subsequent agreement types includes the following information:
- An explanation of the agreement type and its uses
- The designated contact for the agreement type
- The date of the last template language update
Please reach out the designated contact by for agreement templates and explanation of the development process.
Agreement Types and Contacts
An Institutional Collaboration Agreement (ICA) is a general agreement between two institutions of higher education. Some institutions call them Memoranda of Understanding.
This short document defines, in the broadest terms, that the institutions have mutual interests in promoting training, research, education and publication through joint activities. Because these are made at the institutional level (rather than the college, department or program level) there is only a need for one ICA per international institution.
This agreement form is used in relationships that do not involve a 2-way exchange, such as:
- an academic term abroad,
- a partner institution sending students here for a term,
- a summer institute,
- a faculty exchange, etc.
This type of agreement allows for participating international students to follow a predetermined set of courses at their home university and, upon successful completion, be eligible to enter UC at a predetermined academic level and complete their degree at UC.
Because this agreement results in a degree from UC, it requires close collaboration with the partner institution to map the curriculum for the articulation so that course equivalencies are identified and all course and distribution requirements can be met.
Any arrangement that results in offering a UC graduate degree needs to be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School early in the process, to assure that the agreement aligns with University policies governing the awarding of graduate degrees.
UC International is currently assessing its existing partnerships and strategic plans for future exchange of UC students. For this reason, student exchange agreements must be discussed with our office prior to drafting.
If an exchange agreement is processed without consulting UC International before signing, the College will be responsible for all financial implications.
This type of agreement establishes a relationship between UC and a foreign institution that allows students from the foreign institution to transfer foreign course credit toward a UC degree.
This agreement is more general and does not require students to follow a predetermined set of courses at the foreign institution.