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International Agreements Definitions & Templates
WKU recommends using the templates found below when developing international agreements. Where necessary, they may be modified to better outline the purposes of the partnership. In some instances, an external template may be used. All agreements, whether external or internal, are subject to a set of requirements and are evaluated against the same criteria in the approval process. For a complete list of international agreement requirements, click here.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a general document drafted to reflect or promote good will between the parties. It usually does not specify detailed actions or projects, although it may allude to the development of such plans at a later date. The MOU may be a precursor to a more detailed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which does normally stipulate the specific terms, conditions, and implementation processes that govern the proposed partnership.
Click here to see a MOU template.
Click here for an editable version.
Memoranda of Agreement (MOA)* are typically developed to govern the exchange of students, faculty, or projects that require specific commitments from the involved parties.
MOA for Student Exchange binds WKU and the partner institution(s) to an academic, tuition, and logistics plan for the exchange of students between the two institutions.
MOA for Faculty/Staff Exchange binds WKU and the partner institution(s) to a financial and logistics plan for the exchange of faculty or staff.
*Each MOA is likely to differ from another—due to variations of purpose, academic focus of Originating Department, etc. For that reason, no general template can be made available. OIP will help each department find and develop a document that meets the needs of the intended collaboration.
Agreement for Double/Dual Degree Program (DD) is an agreement by two or more institutions to grant dual academic awards. Participating students study at two or more institutions and each institution grants a separate academic award bearing only its name, seal, and signature.
Agreement for Joint Degree Program (JD) is an agreement by two or more institutions to grant a joint academic award. Participating students study at two or more institutions and the institutions grant a single academic award bearing the names, seals, and signatures of each of the participating institutions.
Research Agreements are agreements between two or more institutions to undertake collaborative research projects/endeavors. They may involve the sharing of facilities or resources as well as joint publication.
The Office of Sponsored Programs will be an additional stakeholder in the approval process of these agreements.