International Partnerships and Agreements
Establishing partnerships and agreements
The research and innovation landscape is incresingly anchored in international partnerships.
Many of today's pressing global challenges (such as food, environmental, energy and water security) align with WSU's strengths and expertise. Solutions to these complex challenges require interdisciplinary and international cooperation.
Global engagement is essential to the mission of the University for achieving a world-class environment for research, scholarship, education, the arts, and engagement. Through international Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and International Agreements (IAs), the University fosters a network of students, alumini, teaching, and research colleagues and leaders with experiences, links, and commitments to share in the development of activities beneficial to the University, the state of Washington, and the world.
Successful Collaborative Agreements
International Programs will work with you step by step to create and process your international agreement.
A WSU department, program or individual (acting in an official university capacity) seeking to formalize a collaboration with an international partner for the purpose of research, student and/or faculty exchange, degree articulation or other scholarly purpose, must consult with appropriate administrators at the department and college levels and the WSU Office of International Programs (IP).
IP will provide the following services:
- Provide the MOU and IA templates
- Ensure compliance with WSU, state and federal regulations
- Route the documents for internal review and authorized official signatures
- Conduct a Visual Compliance check relevant to export control requirements
- Manage express delivery, route and archive final executed agreement at WSU
For information specific to your international collaboration, contact:
International Agreement Standards
When considering formalizing an international partnership via an international agreement at WSU, please keep the following items in mind:
- The agreement must align with WSU's mission and goals;
- The agreement must include approved standard WSU legal terms and conditions and meet accreditation standards;
- The agreement must assure an appropriate return on investment if the agreement involves WSU financial and/or human resource commitment;
- The agreement must provide mutual benefit to WSU and to the international partner.
Broader Issues To Consider
There are many issues to address when planning an international agreement:
- Financial considerations;
- Health insurance;
- Admissions procedures;
- Visa requirements;
- Transfer of credit and enrollment processes;
- Faculty and student academic appointments;
- Access to financial support;
- English language testing;
- Procedural concerns such as programmatic structure and timing.
Additional Information and Assistance
The procedures for international agreements are located in the:
- Business Policies and Procedures Manual (BPPM) and
- "A Guide for Planning and Executing Memoranda of Understanding and International Agreements at Washington State University".
International Programs can also assist you with the process for establishing an international relationship.