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International Partnerships: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities

December 30, 1899


​This publication describes the fundamentals of planning, developing, and implementing international partnerships. This is the fourth edition of the 1984 publication on this topic: Guidelines for College and University Linkages Abroad; updates were also published in 1993 and 1997. It stresses the institutional context for partnerships, outlining how to situate them in the overall institutional internationalization strategy and their importance in supporting core academic goals and programs. It also provides practical advice on implementing each step in the process. You can order the publication through ACE's online bookstore


The book's appendices contain many useful samples of institutional documents as well as lists of resources available to institutions as they endeavor to establish these links. They have been provided online for complete and wide-spread access:

Appendix A: Examples of Partnership Programs and Agreements

1. Model of a University Partnership Program

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) concept paper: "Strategic Partnerships as a Driving Force in IUPUI's Internationalization" [(PDF) 21 KB] 
  • IUPUI Procedures for Establishing a Strategic Partnership [(PDF) 28 KB]
  • IUPUI Memorandum of Strategic Partnership with Moi University, Kenya [(PDF) 31 KB]

2. Examples of Friendship and Cooperation Partnerships

  • ACE sample agreement [(PDF) 35 KB]
  • Indiana University friendship and cooperation agreement [(PDF) 18 KB]

3.  Examples of Broad Institutional Partnerships

  • University of Buffalo and Konan University, Japan (student, faculty, and staff exchange) [(PDF) 1 MB]
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln template for faculty exchanges [(PDF) 26 KB]
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis and Modern College of Business and Science, Oman [(PDF) 218 KB]
  • State University of New York and Council of Higher Education, Turkey (consortia agreement for dual diploma programs) [(PDF) 1 MB]
  • University of Buffalo and Istanbul Technical University (memorandum of understanding (MOU) for dual diploma, joint degree programs, including engineering) [(PDF) 1 MB]
  • Murray State University and Daegu University, Korea (renewal of initial agreement) [(PDF) 40 KB]
  • New Mexico State University, Wuhan University, China and World American Cultural Exchange (a 3 party agreement for a 1-2-1 dual degree program) [(PDF) 82 KB]
  • Auburn University and University of San Carlos, Guatemala (comprehensive partnership involving exchanges at all levels, research, consulting, and short term programs) [(PDF) 41 KB]
  • SUNY at Stony Brook template for student exchanges [(PDF) 16 KB]

4. Examples of Program-Specific Partnerships

  • Florida International University School of Business (template for dual degree program) [(PDF) 72 KB]
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis and Kookmin University, Korea (2 plus 2 degree program in public administration) [(PDF) 48 KB]
  • New Mexico State University and Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico (dual degree program in aerospace engineering) [(PDF) 25 KB]
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University and Pontificia Universidad Catolica Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Dominican Republic (2 plus 2 degrees in: business [(PDF) 35 KB], information technology [(PDF) 35 KB], hotel, restaurant, tourism management [(PDF) 43 KB], electrical engineering [(PDF) 40 KB], and individualized study [(PDF) 80 KB], with four-year curricular outlines [(PDF) 34 KB])
  • SUNY at Stony Brook (template for 2 plus 2 degree programs) [(PDF) 16 KB]
  • Indiana University Sample Implementation Plan (template for exchange agreement) [(PDF) 10 KB]

5. Examples of Special Category Partnerships

  • Oregon University System and State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany (state-to-state exchange program involving multiple universities) [(PDF) 39 KB]

Appendix B

  • Agencies and Associations in the U.S. [(PDF) 42 KB]

Appendix C

  • Funding Sources [(PDF) 47 KB]

Appendix D

  • Useful Publications [(PDF) 43 KB]

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