International Agreements

Approval of International Agreements

When faculty, staff, or departments wish to develop a partnership with an international institution, an agreement must be approved by the Office of International Student Services, the Office of Admissions, Academic Affairs, and the Office of the President.  Therefore, it is important to begin the process by meeting with the Office of International Student Services to ensure that all factors are considered in order to be considered for University approval.

Additionally, it is required to use only the agreement templates provided by the Office of International Student Services.  Neglecting to collaborate with the Office of International Student Services or utilize a University-approved agreement template will result in significant delays to the development and ultimate approval of an agreement.

The Process of Developing an Agreement

Meet with the Office of International Student Services

In order to begin the process, email the Office of International Student Services at iss@marshall.edu in order to arrange an appointment.  At the appointment, be prepared to discuss the purpose and objectives of the intended agreement.  We will assist with determining the type of agreement and provide the necessary template as well as additional factors to consider in the development process.  Definitions of the agreement types are listed at the bottom of this page.

Work with the partner institution

Depending on the objectives of the collaboration, work with the partner institution to determine the specifics of the agreement and complete a draft using the template provided by the Office of International Student Services.  It is important to keep in mind that certain components of the agreement may require additional approvals and/or collaboration with other departments.

Submit draft agreement to the Office of International Student Services for review and approval

The timeline for review of international agreements may vary, depending on the complexity of the agreement.  The Office of International Student Services will conduct the initial review.  Edits or changes may be required and will be outlined in an email.  Once any and all changes have been made, and the agreement is approved by the Office of International Student Services, it will be submitted to the Dean of Admissions and Executive Director of Enrollment Services for review and approval.  Once approved by Admissions, the agreement will be submitted to Academic Affairs and the Office of the President for approval.

Submit approved agreement to partner institution for signature

Once the agreement has been approved by Marshall University, it may then be submitted to the partner institution for signature.  Two copies of the agreement should be shipped to the partner school for signature with instructions to return one of the originals back to Marshall University to be retained in Academic Affairs and the Office of the General Counsel.

Types of International Agreements

Institutional Collaboration Agreement
Activity Agreement
Articulation Agreement
Exchange Agreement

Transfer Agreement