Contracts & Agreements

The International Office facilitates reciprocal exchange agreements, study abroad affiliation agreements and customized study abroad program agreements.

Reciprocal Exchange and Affiliation Agreements

Faculty, departments, schools and colleges may request a new reciprocal exchange partnership or a new study abroad affiliation agreement for UT students to participate in third-party study abroad programs. We recommend that faculty interested in these types of partnerships contact the International Office before completing any paperwork.

Steps to initiate a new reciprocal exchange or affiliation agreement

Study Abroad will facilitate the negotiation of the agreement with the Partner University or Affiliate and coordinate with UT Business Contracts for review and signature.

Agreements take several months to negotiate and finalize (on average 12 months, but it could be anywhere between 6 months and 2 years). New partnerships must be fully executed (dually signed) by December 1 in order to send/receive students for the fall semester and August 1 to send/receive students for spring semester.

Please note:

Agreements with a public, foreign university or entity of a foreign government on a non-standard contract must be reviewed by the Board of Regents. They meet four times per year. Please add an additional 4-6 months for processing.

The University no longer enters into general Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), as of 2010.

New exchange partnerships require that UT Austin send students first in order to ensure that the Department has a sustainable plan for recruiting students and maintaining balanced mobility.

In general, new campus wide study abroad affiliation agreements are considered every two years.

Customized Study Abroad

Agreements for customized abroad programs vary greatly. The department coordinating the program will coordinate with UT Business Contracts to complete the contractual process. Please note that some agreements require approval by the Office of Purchasing.

Agreements with a public, foreign university or entity of a foreign government on a non-standard contract must be reviewed by the Board of Regents. They meet four times per year. Please add an additional 4-6 months for processing.

International Research & Faculty Exchange

Other university offices serve as the primary contact for agreements for faculty exchange, research, and joint/dual degrees.

Faculty Exchange

For the exchange of faculty for the purpose of teaching/lecturing, contact your Dean’s Office.

Faculty Research

For the exchange of faculty for the purpose of research, or faculty research, collaborative research, joint publications, access to archives/museums, or conferences, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at 512-471-3866.

Dual or joint degrees

The University will not enter into dual or joint degrees at this time and has not done so since 2010. Questions should be directed to the Graduate School, Michelle Broadway, 512-232-3625.