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International Agreements

Florida State University (FSU) recognizes that international collaborations and agreements with partner universities provide invaluable opportunities for students and faculty in this era of globalization. FSU provides support for faculty, department and college efforts to initiate, develop and increase learning opportunities. Our International Agreements are supported by both FSU’s Division of Academic Affairs and Division of Student Affairs. Academic Affairs ensures that agreements meet academic and accreditation standards. Student Affairs ensures that all inbound and outbound students on exchanges receive orientation and support, and that safety and security procedures are in place. The Program Director, Global Pathways Certificate and Exchanges, provides support to develop international agreements and increase student participation in exchanges. There are two main categories of international agreements approved for use at FSU, depending on the intent and purpose of the proposed collaboration, Cooperative Agreement and Reciprocal Student Exchange Agreement. Additionally, there are special program development for incoming international students.

Current International Agreements

Brochure for colleagues at international universities interested in partnering with Florida State.

» Current International Agreements

Cooperative Agreement

Cooperative Agreements are used when FSU and an international institution of similar academic standing agree to explore partnership activities. This document is an agreement to start discussions and identify future collaborative endeavors. These are usually very general and serve to agree to start discussions and identify future endeavors. Once a specific project has been identified between the two institutions, an addendum needs to be developed to outline the details of said project.

Cooperative Agreements are not appropriate for reciprocal student exchanges where students are enrolled at the host institutions and pay home tuition and fees.

Faculty members interested in initiating an international cooperative agreement are invited to meet with the Program Director, Global Pathways Certificate and Exchanges to discuss the procedures and support for establishing an agreement. Together, they will complete the “Application of Intent to Establish an International Cooperative Agreement.” To be determined:

  • A justification for such an agreement.
  • A description of the partner institution to include educational facilities, resources and accreditation.
  • A statement of how the agreement would enhance and comply with the missions of the department, and university.

 

Reciprocal Student Exchange Agreement

An “International Agreement for a Reciprocal Student Exchange Program between an International University and Florida State University” is used when FSU and an institution of similar academic standing agree to a formal exchange of students at either the undergraduate or graduate level. This contract outlines the responsibilities of the institutions as well as the responsibilities of the students. Students enroll in, earn credit hours and pay tuition and fees to their home institutions while studying at the host institutions. These agreements are supported by Florida Statute. The policy governing these agreements is outlined in International Reciprocal Student Exchange Agreements: Policy. Procedures for implementing international reciprocal student exchange agreements are outlined in International Reciprocal Student Exchange Agreements: Procedures.

Students pay tuition and fees to their home institutions while studying at the host institutions. Faculty Academic Advisors for the International Exchange at each institution commit to promoting the exchange and to support inbound and outbound students. Since tuition is waived for incoming students and collected from outbound students, it is expected that the total number of incoming credit hours be reciprocal to the number of outbound credit hours over a five year period.

There are specific responsibilities of the FSU Faculty Advisor and the Academic Advisor for International Exchange (faculty member initiating exchange at Florida State University as well as the counterpart at the partner university) throughout the exchange including a commitment to promote the exchange and to support inbound and outbound students. In addition, the Chair of the participating FSU department and the Dean of the participating FSU College agree to support the exchange and its terms. The Division of Academic Affairs reviews the numbers of inbound and outbound students per exchange annually, and makes recommendations accordingly.

Faculty members interested in initiating reciprocal student exchange agreements are invited to meet with the Program Director, Global Pathways Certificate and Exchanges to discuss the procedures and support for establishing an agreement. Together, they will complete the “Application of Intent to Establish an International Exchange Agreement.” To be determined are:

  • A justification for such an agreement.
  • A description of the partner institution to include educational facilities, resources and accreditation.
  • A statement of how the agreement would enhance and comply with the missions of the department, and university.
  • If the agreement would involve the exchange of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty or any combination thereof.
  • A set of criteria and learning outcomes for the involved students.
  • Relevant course offerings in English (not required for designated language study programs).
  • Compatible academic calendars.
  • The number of the Department's/College’s students that would take advantage of the exchange per year
  • That the partner institution's students will obtain the required TOEFL scores and agree to enroll in the participating department's and liberal studies courses only.
  • The U.S. State Department considers the country a safe place to study.

The faculty member should also be willing to accept the responsibilities assigned to the Academic Advisor for International Exchange.

 

Supporting an Active Exchange

Once an International Exchange Agreement is in place the exchange of students can begin. Staff roles and faculty responsibilities are outlined in Supporting an Active Exchange.

Other International Agreements

There might be times when a plan for a collaborative project does not fit into either of the pre-approved templates for the above agreements. If the intent of the proposed agreement differs from the two outlined above, or if the partner institution has a format for agreements that they want to use, then it is possible to develop an agreement to meet these needs. The agreements not using the pre-approved templates will go to legal counsel for review as part of the internal approval process. Contact the Program Director, Global Pathways Certificate and Exchanges to discuss the options.

Short-Term Program for International Students

Florida State University also encourages the development of unique internationalization opportunities that provide increased learning experiences for groups of students from international universities. Faculty can develop experiences for a group of international students participating in a special academic or cultural program at Florida State University. Planning and approval documents are at Special Program Development