A non-binding agreement establishing affiliation between institutions.
Does not, in and of itself, commit specific university funds or resources; separate binding agreements should be established to pursue specific areas of collaboration such as student exchange, research collaborations, dual degrees, etc.
Aspirational in nature, but formalizes an institutional commitment to exploring the viability of a variety of collaborative academic activities.
Often serves as an initial “umbrella” agreement under which separate binding agreements may be developed subsequently to facilitate more specific activities, projects, or programs.
May also be requested in order to provide proof of a formal institutional relationship, for the purpose of supporting the pursuit of joint funding opportunities, research projects, etc.
Student Exchange Agreement
A binding agreement that commits university resources (i.e., staff time, tuition waivers, campus services, etc.)
Allows for a balanced exchange of students between institutions. Students from one institution may study at the other for a limited duration (1-3 quarters) while paying their home institution’s tuition, and receive a reciprocal waiver of tuition at the host institution.
Outlines institutional accreditation, and establishes provisions for program implementation, including financial and immigration matters, and mutual recognition of academic credit.
Research, Technical or Scientific Cooperation MOU
Details responsibilities and implementation procedures for faculty, researcher, or administrator exchange between institutions
Must detail approved financial and logistical implications
Graduate Studies Agreement
Involves graduate students, typically pursuing research with a host institution abroad
Must be developed in coordination with the student’s home department chair and/or graduate advisor
Collaborative Degree Program Agreements
A binding agreement, designed jointly by faculty at UC Santa Cruz and a partner institution, establishing a framework for students to study at each institution, generally leading to the award of multiple qualifications.
May outline specific provisions for admission, course equivalencies, credit transfer, etc.
Implementations for this type of agreement can vary but typical models include:
Concurrent Degree Program: a student works simultaneously on a bachelor’s at one institution and a master’s degree from the other, with some agreed-upon amount of coursework being counted toward both degrees
Consecutive Degree Program: Two degrees at two levels (usually bachelor’s and master’s) are awarded consecutively by two institutions, based on each institution’s requirements
Double/Dual (or multiple) Degree Program: Two (or more) institutions each confer a degree of equivalent levels
Joint Degree Program: One qualification (degree) awarded together by two or more institutions.