Considerations for Proposed International Agreements

The goals and objectives of each international partnership should complement the mission and purpose of Missouri S&T and be consistent with the University’s strategic objectives.

  1. Institutional - A comprehensive institutional agreement reflects a formal understanding between individual institutions or groups of institutions (consortia).

  2. Departmental - An agreement with a specific department within a partner institution that may involve faculty, student, and collaborative research and/or other scholarly activities.

  3. Individual – An informal collaboration between individual S&T faculty and their international colleagues that does not include a formal agreement.

International agreements should address one or more of the following:

  1. Institutional prestige and reputation (by affiliation)
  2. Student benefit (e.g. student recruitment, internship opportunities, study abroad)
  3. Research opportunities
  4. Effective public relations goodwill efforts

To ensure compliance with applicable U.S. Export Control regulations, faculty members who sponsor international agreements are required to acknowledge/sign a “Restrictive Clause.” For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.

When deciding whether to include  a request for student exchange in your agreement, please consider the following:

  • Parity – For budgeting purposes, it is important to maintain a balance between the number of incoming and outgoing students.   The tuition and academic fees paid by the outgoing exchange students pay for the tuition and academic fees for the inbound exchange students.    
  • Student interest and recruitment – Students look for exchange opportunities that offer classes in English that can be transferred back to Missouri S&T and count toward degree requirements.  Location, cost, academic calendar, and travel opportunities are also often important.
  • Faculty involvement – The most successful student exchange agreements have one or more faculty members who promote the exchange in class and when advising students, as well as participating in study abroad fairs, information sessions, and other recruiting activities.
  • Support for students at the partner university – A partner university should have staff available to assist students.
  • Student safety - Student safety is a top priority at Missouri S&T. All requests for student exchange should comply with the Student International Travel Policy.