PARTNERSHIPS


Florida Atlantic University partners with universities and educational institutions around the world to build international opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to study, conduct research, or teach in other countries.  Agreements also allow students of our partners to take classes at FAU or (in special circumstances) to enroll for degree seeking purposes. Other agreements provide for the exchange of services and technical training opportunities. In sum, many different types of projects can be included in international agreements to meet the parties’ unique needs and interests. Some partnership are focused on one discipline or area and others are more comphrensive to provide a variety of opportunities.

The Center for Global Engagement in conjunction with Education Abroad assists FAU colleges and faculty in the design, creation, execution, and implementation of international agreements.
All agreements must advance a strategic academic goal of the sponsoring FAU college, and be determined to be of value to FAU.  All agreements must adhere to FAU policies in regard to academic credit, international and on-campus study, agreement financing, and the periodic balancing of exchanged activities. 

Agreements must be created with the assistance and approval of all relevant FAU college deans, the Center for Global Engagement, FAU Legal Affairs, and the Provost Office.  Agreements can only be signed by the President or a member of the Board of Trustees, along with the college dean if college funds are being pledged to support activities specified in the agreement.  Once executed the relevant college(s) sponsoring the agreement will coordinate all academic aspects of the agreement, and Education Abroad will coordinate administrative aspects o exchange agreements including allocation of any available and applicable tuition waivers and the periodic balancing of exchange activity.

International partnerships must comply with Florida BOG Regulation 9.012 (Undue Foreign Influence). 

For more information on partnership and creating an agreement, please first contact Madison McShane, Director of Education Abroad.

 

CURRENT PARTNERS


Reciprocal Student Exchange
A reciprocal student exchange identifies a relationship where students of FAU and an international institution are able to trade places with each other. The heart of the exchange is the commitment of access to academic resources and other institutional support for each student whether from FAU or the institution abroad. Reciprocal exchange students typically enroll at and pay tuition to their home institutions, and enroll at the host institution as a non-degree student. In special instances FAU can allow for the incoming exchange students to enroll at FAU for a degree while on the exchange.  In such instances, special arrangements must be made and satisfied to insure all relevant FAU academic admission and study requirements are met pursuant to the Principles of Accreditation under SACS.  In all cases, for non-degree or degree studies, the exchange must balance in both directions within the stated period of the applicable agreement.

University of Technology Sydney, Australia 
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
East Normal China University, China
Anglo American University, Czech Republic
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
London South Bank University, England
Northumbria University, England
Plymouth University, England
Aalto University, Finland
American Business School in Paris, France
Ecole des Mines d'Ales, France
ESSCA École de Management, France
ESSEC Business School, France
Federation of American German Clubs, Germany
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Germany
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
SRH University Heidelberg, Germany
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
University of Haifa, Israel
Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
Korea University Sejong, South Korea
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Instituto Químico Sarria, Spain
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Spain
Stockholm University School of Business, Sweden


Third-Party Provider Affiliates
FAU Education Abroad has official affiliation agreements with several third-party program provider. Third-party providers are independent organizations that facilitate or administer study abroad programs. They often act as intermediaries by assisting program participants with logistics like course registration and housing arrangements. While models differ, academic and social guidance is generally included throughout the duration of a program, such as orientation, support services, field trips and cultural activities.

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
Academic Programs International (API)
CEA Study Abroad
Center for International Studies (CIS)
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
Study Abroad Italy (SAI)


Vendors
FAU Education Abroad frequently uses full-services vendors for group faculty-led study abroad programs. Education Abroad works with the vendor and FAU faculty leaders to develop and implement the program. Vendors must be approved by Education Abroad and by the university prior to program development and execution of agreement. Below is a list of approved full-service vendors we have frequently used over the years for faculty-led programs. Other vendors or partner universities aboad may be used on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Education Abroad office. 

WorldStrides
Anglo Educational Services
donQuijote
Kuoni Tumlare
Austral Group


OTHER TYPES OF AGREEMENTS

General College Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
 – A general college MOU is a positive statement of interest between an FAU college, or multiple colleges, to explore partnership activities with another university.  An MOU does not express a binding commitment to any specific activity, but rather a serious intention to explore identified interests.   MOU’s are not encouraged unless there is clear intent to implement an actual project of exchange and/or other academic activities in the near future, where the execution of the MOU will foster that action.  An MOU that contemplates the prospect of student and faculty teaching exchange must be supported by the college(s) interested in exploring this activity.   The college(s) requesting the MOU will identify the FAU faculty leader who will take the lead to promote future activities between the two institutions.

General Research Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  – A general research MOU is a positive statement of interest between the FAU, led by either the Division of Research and/or an FAU college, to explore research activities with another university.  An MOU does not express a binding commitment to any specific activity, but rather a serious intention to explore identified interests.   MOU’s are not encouraged unless there is clear intent to implement an actual research project in the near future, where the execution of the MOU will foster that action. The Division of Research and/or the college(s) requesting the research MOU will identify the FAU faculty leader who will take the lead to promote future activities between the two institutions.

Co-op Exchange Students to FAU  – FAU has some international university partners with whom we have complementary interests and with whom we have agreed to enter into a special “co-op exchange partnership” to allow students to attend FAU for various studies.  The student traffic is one-way, to FAU only.  FAU sponsors the entering students as an exchange student for purposes of the J-1 student visa.  Co-op students can be non-degree or degree seeking.  In the latter case, special arrangements must be made and satisfied to insure all relevant FAU academic admission and study requirements are met pursuant to the Principles of Accreditation under SACS.  Co-op students (degree and nondegree) pay full FAU non resident tuition and all other relevant fees.   

Faculty or Scholar Exchange  – Agreements frequently involve the exchange of faculty or scholars for teaching purposes, for varying periods of time.  In such cases, the agreement must specify which parties will bear the various costs involved, and how the selection and assignment of the faculty or scholars will occur.

Joint Research  – Agreements may support collaborative research projects on specific academic topics.  Such agreements specify the research activities to be undertaken and which parties will bear the various costs involved.  If publication of research findings are planned, the agreement should note any relevant considerations on publication subvention and intellectual property rights.

Technical Assistance and Training Services  – Agreements often contemplate technical assistance and training services at one or more parties to the agreement.  In such instances the agreement needs to specify the terms and conditions of the technical assistance and training being planned, and which parties will bear the costs of the activities to be done.