Procedures for Creating International Partnerships
Fordham University encourages international collaborations in the form of student and faculty exchanges, research partnerships, and joint or dual degrees. The Office of International Initiatives provides support in the following ways: a database of established international agreements (Fordham in the World), international student, faculty and visitor support (Office for International Services), and student study abroad and faculty-led study abroad activities (Office of International and Study Abroad Programs). Fordham faculty, programs, departments and schools are encouraged to develop relationships with international colleagues. In the event that a program, department or school wishes to formalize a relationship with an international partner, it should refer to the guidelines for establishing international partnerships.
Guidelines for establishing international partnerships
Faculty, programs, departments or schools wishing to establish an official agreement with an international partner should review this document to determine the feasibility of such an agreement. A proposal for an agreement may be submitted to the Office of International Initiatives, after which it will be reviewed by the International Programs and Partnerships Review (IPPR) committee. If IPPR recommendation is favorable, the agreement will be submitted to legal counsel and the Office of the Provost for final approval.
International partnerships may take several forms:
- Memoranda of Understanding (MOU): a written statement of understanding on the MOU template form provided by Office of International Initiatives and an international partner expressing a mutual intention to engage in a cooperative academic or research effort but that does not involve a commitment of university resources. Templates may be requested from OII.
- Faculty and/or student exchange supplementary letter of agreement (SLOA): a reciprocal exchange agreement established to implement a reciprocal exchange program with an international partner. Faculty exchanges are established to allow mobility of faculty between two institutions; typically faculty from each institution will pay for their own expenses and may be given space and or research support by the receiving institution. Student exchanges are established to allow mobility of students between two institutions; Fordham students pay tuition and fees at Fordham, exchange students pay tuition and fees at their home institution, and the students exchange places in the classroom. A balance in the numbers of students, credit hours, etc., exchanged should be sustainable and maintained. Fordham student participants apply through the International Study Abroad Programs office and international students apply through their international exchange office. Programs, departments and/or schools proposing an exchange agreement should refer to the exchange process.
- Research collaborations: require no specific agreement and may be established faculty to faculty, program to program, department to department and/or school to school
- Dual or joint programs: dual or joint degree agreements are for programs, departments and/or schools to develop a program where students may complete some course work for a Fordham degree at a foreign institution. Both institutions should discuss and agree on the course work and credit hours that should be completed in both institutions in order to obtain the degree. For joint degree programs, participants will receive a single diploma with the seal of the home (Fordham) and host (partner) institutions. For double degree programs, participants will receive two different diplomas from both institutions for their degrees. Both types of programs require signed MOU and/or SLOA, and may require approval by NYSED and Middle States. Schools interested in establishing international dual or joint degrees should consult with OII.
Student Exchange – Approval Guidelines
A program, department and/or school wishing to establish a student exchange should follow the following guidelines for approval.
- Review and answer the Exchange Evaluation Questionnaire.
- Contact OII to make an appointment to discuss the exchange.
- OII will then bring the exchange to the International Programs and Partnerships Review (IPPR) committee.
- Upon recommendation of the IPPR and review by the Office of the Provost, an exchange agreement may be signed and program sponsoring exchange will complete the Tuition Variance Request Form and the Fee Variance Request Form.
- Office of the Provost and Finance Department will process the Tuition Variance Request Form and the Fee Variance Request Form.
- Upon approval of the forms, all relevant units will receive an update about the newly established agreement and each will need to add the new exchange to business process.
- Receiving program, department and/or school will establish internal process for recruiting, welcoming and advising the exchange students.
- School should submit a Student Exchange Waiver Form each term for the visiting students to be sure they are processed through admission and student accounts correctly.
- Upon recommendation of the IPRR and review by the Office of the Provost, an exchange agreement may be signed.
- Office of the Provost and Finance Department will complete approval process.
Faculty Exchange – Approval Guidelines
A program, department and/or school wishing to establish a faculty exchange should contact OII to make an appointment to discuss details and process for approval of the exchange.