Types of MOUs

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.


Common Types of Agreements (can include multiple elements)

Reciprocal Student Exchange – A reciprocal student exchange identifies a relationship where students of FAU and one or more overseas institution are able to trade places with each other.  The heart of the exchange is the commitment of access to FAU academic resources for a visiting student to FAU in return for the opportunity for the FAU student or partner to enjoy access to similar resources at the partner 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.

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.

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