Your guide to IU’s agreement policy and the application process
Agreements for partnerships and cross-border activities must follow university policy. IU faculty and staff seeking approval for international activities pursued under a formal agreement must submit an online application.
Partnerships versus offshore activities
IU’s policy on agreements makes an important distinction between partnerships or affiliations and offshore or cross-border activities.
Partnerships or affiliations
Partnerships or affiliations involve active collaboration on concrete, sustainable activities that are of mutual benefit to IU and the partner. A partnership agreement establishes formal ties between IU and a partner for purposes of collaboration.
Agreements for one-directional or nonreciprocal offshore activities, such as facilitated transfer of international students or visiting student programs, may not constitute a partnership or affiliation.
Offshore or cross-border activities
Offshore or cross-border activities constitute any type of international activity conducted under an agreement. Some of the activities listed below may be done in cooperation with a foreign entity but might not be considered a partnership:
- Commitments for overseas exchange programs
- Collaborative degrees or certificates with a foreign entity
- Credit-bearing and noncredit overseas distance education programs requiring a written agreement between IU and a foreign entity
- Movement of IU faculty or staff overseas for the purpose of delivering IU coursework for credit
- Operating an overseas office that represents IU or any of its units
- Establishment or registration of an IU legal presence in a foreign country
- Facilitated transfer admission agreements and “twinning” programs
- Serving as a “school of record” for students at non-IU study abroad programs