Reciprocal Education Exchange Programs
This is an agreement between Texas A&M and an overseas institution in which students have the opportunity to study one or two semesters at the foreign university. Students enroll as full-time, non-degree students at the host university yet remain in full-time status at Texas A&M University, and pay only Texas A&M tuition and fees. State regulations (TAC Chapter 21, Subchapter AA, 21.901-21,910) require balance in enrolling foreign students from the host university at Texas A&M.
Step 1: Determine if a REEP is the best option for the department's strategy.
REEPs are labor intensive and because of language capability, reciprocity requirements, and state regulations, these programs generally do not have high levels of student participation. However, there are variations on REEPs that may be useful to facilitate larger numbers of students being engaged abroad, such as a REEP agreement which can accommodate short term, faculty led programs. REEP programs may also be used creatively to exchange students in lab or field based research.
Step 2: Determine if there is an existing REEP agreement with a potential partner institute abroad.
To identify whether there is an existing REEP agreement between Texas A&M and a specific institution abroad, please check the International Agreement Database for “Reciprocal Exchange Agreements” at globalpartnerships.tamu.edu. If there is not a REEP agreement, there may be a general agreement under which a new REEP agreement could be added. An agreement must be created through established processes that will require college approval. Discussing this with your college international agreements representative is advised prior to initiating a REEP agreement. For general questions about REEPs or for assistance in identifying potential REEP partners, please contact Traci Lacy at 979.845.3099 or tlacy[at]tamu.edu.
Step 3: Determine the appropriate administrative level for the REEP agreement. REEPs might function at the departmental, college, school, or university level, depending on the academic match between Texas A&M and the overseas institution.
Departmental and College Level REEPs:
Sometimes, it is appropriate to restrict a REEP to participants of specific academic programs. For example, when faculty in a particular department want their students to have an opportunity to study with a particular department overseas, or there are already strong collaborative ties between the department. In such cases, a REEP may be created at the departmental or college level. This allows the students of that department or college not only the right of entry into the REEP program but also creates additional challenges as to maintaining balance of student exchange. Each college has a representative who is familiar with the process of creating a REEP. In many colleges, there is a designated individual who creates and routes paperwork.
University Level REEPs:
University wide REEPs are open to participation by students from all colleges and are created when two or more colleges agree that such a REEP would be beneficial for their students. There is a specific review and approval process for University level REEP agreement. For more information about this type of REEP, please contact studyabroad[at]tamu.edu or 979.845.0544.