Types of Linkage Agreements

Missouri S&T supports many different types of linkage agreements. The most common agreements used by Missouri S&T are as follows:

An LOI is a very basic agreement between Missouri S&T and the proposed international partner institution and signifies mutual friendship and indicates the intent to establish collaborative activities.

A MOAC, sometimes referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is an agreement that covers broad objectives in the spirit of promoting intellectual cooperation and international understanding. A MOAC may also include student exchange, faculty and staff exchange, joint research activities, joint organization of seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials, joint organization of special academic and non-academic programs, and publication of the results of collaborative research projects. A MOAC does not describe specific collaboration details. This document can be the springboard leading to future, more specific agreements.

1. Student Exchange (independent agreements included in an MOAC are separate from consortium memberships): A Student Exchange Appendix to the MOAC allows students to attend an international institution while paying tuition and fees to the home institution. The appendix outlines modes of collaboration, coordination, reciprocity, and other details pertinent to student exchange. When exploring new student exchange opportunities, faculty who are sponsoring the activity should consider the following:

a. Relevance to Missouri S&T degree programs.

b. How the academic calendar at the proposed international partner institution aligns to Missouri S&T's calendar.

c. How the faculty memeber can actively support or promote the exchange program to generate activity, as well as achieve parity.

d. If the proposed international partner institution offer safety orientation programs for incoming students, well-being checks, sufficient student support service, etc.? Please visit Study Abroad for further information about study abroad programs.

2. Research: Once an MOAC has been established, faculty members may wish to pursue a Memorandum of Understanding for Research through the Office of Sponsored Programs (campus extension x4134). The purpose of the agreement is to further establish a particular research agreement with a partner institution. It specifies obligations of both institutions and is subject to a higher level of scrutiny, U.S. export controls, etc.

In addition to the above agreements, Missouri S&T Transfer Admissions facilitates partnership agreements with international colleges and universities. After the MOAC has been established, departments or schools may wish to develop joint or dual degree programs with an international partner institution. This agreement requires working with Transfer Admissions to develop specific transfer agreements. These partnership agreements are not affiliated with student exchange; student participants or their sponsors pay tuition and fees directly to Missouri S&T. The agreements include the following:

1. International Cooperative Academic Program Agreement (CAP): This agreement leads to a bachelor’s degree from the international partner institution and a master’s degree from Missouri S&T. Program participants must complete three years of study at the at the international partner institution and one year of study at Missouri S&T, which leads to the bachelor’s degree from the international partner institution (3+1+1). Upon satisfactory completion of the bachelor’s degree, qualified students will go on to participate in a Missouri S&T graduate program, which will result in a master’s degree from Missouri S&T.

2. Articulation Agreement: This basic agreement provides students the opportunity to begin coursework at the international partner institution and complete a bachelor’s degree at Missouri S&T. Participating students must complete at least one year of coursework at the international partner institution, and complete the final 60 credit hours at Missouri S&T (as stipulated in the Transfer Agreement). Curriculum guides are developed by Transfer Admissions to ensure seamless transfer between institutions. Student participants are subject to all existing requirements for admission (GPA, TOEFL/IELTS, etc.).

3. Specific Agreements: Cooperative Agreements which include components of studying abroad, studying on-campus at S&T, and studying via online are available.

4. International students may obtain a Missouri S&T degree online. Please visit Global Learning for more details.