International Programs

Initiating an International Agreement

The Office of International Development encourages faculty to initiate viable and relevant international exchanges and research opportunities. Please read the general information below and then proceed to the two required forms: #1 Request for Approval and #2 Department Responsibility.

  • Determine the type of agreement needed:
    • Letter of Intent

      A Letter of Intent allows all parties to pledge to cooperate in a spirit of greater understanding and to foster collaboration. The letter expresses their intent to establish joint academic activities, such as: 1) research projects, academic seminars and guest lectures and 2) exchange of faculty and/or students, scholarly materials, research reports and publications. The exact conditions of the collaboration are found in a separate International Agreement.

      Although the Letter of Intent is not a prerequisite for an International Agreement it can be a useful diplomatic tool to formalize the intentions of the two parties. Because it can be obtained fairly quickly, it is also useful as proof of international components required to obtain prior funding for certain grants and projects. Alone, it does not provide for faculty and student exchanges.

    • International Agreement for Faculty Exchange

      An International Agreement for Faculty Exchange establishes the conditions, requirements and protections for faculty from LSU and partner institutions wishing to exchange teaching posts. These exchanges require the consent and active involvement of the department chairs. Faculty from either institution may also request positions as “visiting faculty”. This arrangement does not require reciprocity. Parties involved are expected to seek any additional funding needed from outside sources.

    • International Agreement for Student Exchange

      An International Agreement for Student Exchange provides for the reciprocal exchange of students between LSU and international universities. In order for these agreements to be financially self-sufficient, exchange students pay tuition at their home institutions. These funds are then used to pay the tuition of the visiting students. None of the exchange students pay tuition at the host university. Therefore LSU students must be scheduled to attend the international university before or concurrently with the student(s) attending LSU. Otherwise there are no funds available to pay the tuition for the international student.

      Since exchanges must be balanced, semester for semester, faculty requesting student exchanges must obtain departmental support and commitment to recruit and advise LSU students participating on the exchanges. (See form #2) Otherwise LSU will not be able to accept students from the partner university.

    • General Exchange Agreement

      The final option is a General Exchange Agreement that provides for exchange of both faculty and students as outlined in b and c.

  • Although a particular department will request an exchange, the final agreement must be established between LSU and the international institution and signed by the LSU Chancellor and the equivalent official at the other university. It is, however, possible to specify departments within the text of the agreement.

  • Upon approval of the exchange request, the Office of International Development (OID) will provide the appropriate agreement template to the faculty member requesting the exchange and to the contact at the prospective partner institution. OID will answer all questions and negotiate the final terms of the agreement. The OID will copy the initiator of the agreement on all correspondence between OID and the foreign institution. Relevant correspondence between the LSU department and the foreign institution should also be copied to the OID so that the agreements can be completed in an efficient and effective manner.

    Any significant changes proposed to the original text must be approved by LSU lawyers. OID will prepare the final official document, obtain the necessary LSU signatures and forward 2 official copies to the partner University for signing. They will return one original signed document that will remain on file in the OID. A copy will be sent to the department initiating the agreement.

  • The LSU Office of Academic Programs Abroad (APA) will coordinate all student exchanges and the International Service Office (ISO) will provide important immigration and insurance information to all international faculty, scholars and students.

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