Office of International Programs
International Agreements and Collaborations
The University of Texas at Tyler seeks to develop strategic partnerships that are institutionally-based, long-standing, mutually-beneficial to both institutions, and advance UT Tyler's mission. International partnerships allow UT Tyler to increase opportunities for global studies, faculty and student exchange, and international academic and research collaborations. To view collaborating universities please see UT Tyler Collaborating Universities.
Institutional partnerships at UT Tyler are based on a two part model:
- A General Agreement of Cooperation/Memorandum of Understanding provides a broad framework for collaborative activities between the partnering institutions, usually promoting student and/or faculty mobility, research, training, and similar activities. It is agreed upon and signed by the President or Provost of the University of Texas at Tyler and the appropriate institutional counterpart. This type of agreement serves as a parent document for additional, more specific agreements, and is processed through the Office of International Programs (OIP). Please contact Dr. Teresa Kennedy, Executive Director of OIP for assistance at email@example.com.
- Supplementary Agreements detail specific activities, including the commitment of resources and acceptance of obligations by the partner units. These agreements can come in the form of Reciprocal Exchange Agreements used for study abroad exchange programs or Specific Program Agreements for Research and Scholarly Exchange. These agreements can be flexible in design, length and commitment, and are vetted through the Office of International Programs and the Office of General Counsel to assure there is no violation of university policy. Please contact Dr. Teresa Kennedy in the OIP for assistance with these types of agreements.
Dual Degree Programs or Memorandums of Understanding which include negotiated financial arrangements outside the standard UT Tyler tuition process must be processed through the Office of International Programs. Please contact Dr. Teresa Kennedy in the OIP for assistance with these types of programs.
Additional Supplementary Agreements may be signed as new departments become interested in collaborating with an established partner institution. Supplementary Agreements are also signed by the President or Provost of the University of Texas at Tyler and the appropriate institutional counterpart.
Proposing a Reciprocal Exchange Agreement
Faculty, departments or colleges/schools may request a new Reciprocal Exchange Agreement by completing the documents and steps listed below. Once documents 2, 3 and 4 below are completed and signed, please forward to them to the Office of International Programs to facilitate steps 5-9.
All new exchange partnerships include a statement that the University of Texas at Tyler must send students first to the foreign country before any foreign students may be received by UT Tyler. This practice has been put into place to ensure that departments, colleges and schools have a plan for sustaining recruitment for the partnership and to ensure that UT Tyler can maintain balanced mobility.
Process & Timelines
- Meet with the executive director of the Office of International Programs.
- Complete an Approval Considerations Questionnaire
- Complete the Student Exchange Agreement Worksheet or the Affiliation Agreement Worksheet
- Complete the Course Equivalency Worksheet
- Review of all documents by Study Abroad
- Review of proposal by the Study Abroad Advisory Committee
- Review by partner and possibly both legal teams
- Agreement is dually signed by both parties.
New partnerships must be fully executed/dually signed by December 1 of each year in order to send and receive students for the following fall/year term and August 1 of each year for the following spring term.
Proposing an Affiliation Agreement
Faculty, departments or colleges/schools may initiate an Affiliation Agreement. Affiliation Agreements differ from Reciprocal Exchange Agreements in that they only pertain to the enrollment of UT students in credit-bearing third party programs abroad.
To begin the sponsoring unit must completing the documents and steps listed above. Once documents 2, 3 and 4 above are completed and signed, please forward to the executive director of the Office of International Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive assistance with steps 5-9.
Course Equivalency Worksheet
New exchanges and affiliations require the completion of a Course Equivalency Worksheet. This worksheet provides a means for equating the courses taught at the foreign location to the UT Tyler course inventory. This worksheet is a critical element that helps ensure academic compatibility.
The Office of International Programs is responsible for assisting academic units with establishing and maintaining agreements and contracts that directly support student mobility for academic credit.
|Exchange Type||Purpose||Links and Documents||For More Information:|
|Student Exchange||Exchange of students for the purpose of earning credit towards a degree||Please read above||Study Abroad | Office of International Programs (OIP)
|Faculty Exchange (teaching)||Exchange of faculty for the purpose of lecturing or teaching|| Fulbright
| Office of International Programs (OIP)
Dr. Teresa Kennedy
| Faculty Exchange (non-teaching; Research or combination of research and
| Exchange of faculty for the purpose of engaging in research activity
(teaching or other scholarly activities are incidental)
|Please read above|| Office of International Programs (OIP)
Dr. Teresa Kennedy
|Research/Materials Exchange||Faculty or student research, collaborative research projects, access to archives or museums, conferences, joint publications||Visiting Researchers and Scholars||OIP International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services (ISSFS) Center
|Dual and Joint Degrees|| Dual: Student awarded diplomas from both UT and partner institution upon completion of coursework
Joint: Student awarded one diploma bearing the seals of both institutions upon completion of coursework
| UT Tyler does not enter into dual or joint degree agreements at this time (June 2014).
Likewise, The University is not currently engaging in undergraduate initiatives of this nature.
Note: The University of Texas at Tyler does not enter into contractual relationships for the purpose of facilitating a single student's academic initiative. Individual students needing University support should work with their department chair and dean. Some needs may require review by UT Legal Affairs.