The University of Florida has established procedures for entering into global collaborative relationships through international agreements facilitated through the UF International Center (UFIC). Please use the guidelines below to learn more about the different type of agreements that UFIC may facilitate.
Types of Agreements
- International Memorandum of Understanding: This agreement establishes a relationship between UF and an institution abroad, as a basis for pursuing areas of possible collaboration on matters of mutual interest.
- Reciprocal Exchange Agreement (Student Exchange): This agreement establishes an exchange program by which students from a partner institution can attend UF and UF students can attend the partner institution as non-degree seeking students. These agreements are reciprocal in e that the goal is to balance the number of students moving in each direction over the agreed term of the agreement.
- Study Abroad Contracts: Program contracts specify services rendered onsite by a third-party provider during a study abroad program. Study abroad contracts can be signed with host institutions, NGO’s, travel agencies, etc. These contracts specify housing, local transportation, classroom facilities, excursions, cost of tuition, etc. Please contact Dr. Susanne Hill for more information.
- Other: Some agreements do not easily fit within the constraints of UFIC's pre-approved reciprocal or cooperative agreements. The International Center will be happy to evaluate such agreements on a case-by-case basis, consult the UF General Counsel’s office, and advise on how such agreements might be pursued. . Please contact Dr. Susanne Hill with questions.
International agreements or Memoranda Of Understanding (MOUs) between UF and universities outside the United States may take many forms. Templates for International Memoranda of Understanding and Reciprocal Exchange Agreements have been approved by the UF General Counsel's office. Other templates, or if changes are to be made to the approved templates, will require review and may need approval from UF General Counsel before being signed by the Dean of UFIC. Please consult with the UFIC Executive Director for any questions regarding these templates or other agreements.
All agreements administered through UFIC will consist of the following elements:
- Academic Manager: A UF faculty member serves as the Academic Manager (AM) for each agreement. The AM for International Memoranda of Understanding is the main liaison to the collaborating institution and assumes responsibilities for pursuing the stated goals of the collaboration. The AM will also be asked to prove a report on the activities associated with the agreement before renewal of the MOU.
The AM for reciprocal agreements is expected to be actively involved in the recruitment of outgoing students, to review and approve applications, and may be asked to assist with the grade and credit conversion as necessary. The AM may also be called on to assist incoming exchange students.
- For the Benefit: All agreements must be "for the benefit" of a specific college/department/center or other appropriate unit at UF. Agreements are typically not university-wide.
- Proposed Activities: A completed Activities Report must be submitted by the Academic Manager along with the proposed agreement.
- Letter of Approval: A Letter of Approval from the UF Department Chair and the UF College Dean / Associate Dean (or other appropriate authority) must accompany the submission of an agreement.
- Certificate of Translation: A Certificate of Translation must be submitted for all agreements in a language other than English. Please contact the UFIC Executive Director for guidance on this issue.
- Submission: All completed agreement templates and accompanying forms must be submitted electronically to UFIC for review prior to being signed by the partner institution and UF.
- Signature Authority: The Dean of the International Center is the delegated authority to sign these agreement on behalf of the university.
All questions and correspondence concerning international agreements should be addressed to:
Dr. Susanne Hill
With a copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org