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Frequently Asked Questions/Glossary of Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

An international agreement is the combination of the Memorandum of Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding with foreign institutions. The study abroad college international agreements representative and Global Partnerships Services (tlacy[at], are responsible for the routing, documenting and tracking of agreements with international institutions.

A Memorandum of Agreement is an official college or university agreement with a foreign institution (for example, a business, government agency, research center, consortium, or university).  This agreement outlines, in greater detail than the MOU, the intent of the collaboration, and specifies specific obligations. An MOA may be either college level or university level, but in all cases is signed by the Provost or President of Texas A&M University, and the equivalent official at the foreign institution. The MOA should be specific regarding details concerning all collaboration between the two institutions.  A Supplemental Program Clause in the body of the MOA will specify program details for reciprocal exchanges or other more extensive academic partnerships.  An MOA has a duration of five years. The benefits of this type of agreement are:
  • Globally recognized document of collaboration
  • Outlines agreement of collaboration in specific areas
  • Partners may amend the MOA at a later date or if a program has been organized it may be included in the original MOA as a Supplemental Program Clause.

A Memorandum of Understanding is an official college level agreement with a foreign institution (for example, a business, government agency, research center, consortium, or university). In lieu of a Letter of Cooperation, the MOU will replace all documents that do not describe specific collaboration details.  These may be signed by the dean of the relevant academic college (or equivalent) within Texas A&M University or by the President or Provost for a university level agreement, and the equivalent official at the foreign institution. This document is contains no specific obligations or commitments, beyond further negotiation and interaction and has a life span of five years. The MOU will replace a Letter of Cooperation for all intent and purposes.  The benefits of an MOU are:

  • Can be used as an official document of collaboration encouraging additional, more specific agreements in the future.
  • Shortened turnaround time for the partnering entities to receive signed document.
A justification statement is required by the university to begin the routing for university level signatures and to accompany documents requiring college level signatures. The justification for an agreement is to ensure it meets the goals of the college and/or university. This justification should include the following:
  • Background and introductory information including past collaboration
  • Proposed areas of cooperation
  • Dean or faculty member that is pioneering the agreement signature
  • Ensure the foreign institution is accredited with a proven record of scholastic excellence
  • All other relevant considerations

Texas A&M University currently uses the following MOU's:

Reciprocal Educational Exchange Programs (REEP)
A REEP is a non-degree seeking program that allows students to attend a foreign university while paying tuition and fees to the home institution. In a very broad sense, REEP documents provide TAMU students (registration and fees are paid at Texas A&M) opportunities to take courses or pursue research at a foreign university, then students from that university (who pay tuition and fees at their home) are allowed to matriculate here, without paying TAMU registration and certain fees. The regulations for this type of program are governed by the State of Texas. Reciprocity is required, and parity must be achieved over a five-year period. For additional information on this type of program contact the Study Abroad Programs Office at 845-0544. Click here for more information on REEPs.

Supervised Direct Enrollment
Texas A&M will work with a partnering institution to develop programs where a constant flow of TAMU students will be able to study as a group at the foreign partner’s school while gaining credit at Texas A&M through the transfer of course credits. Click here for more information on Supervised Direct Enrollment.

Faculty Exchange
This program is designed to increase faculty collaboration through research and may be amended by the facilitator of the document to outline intellectual property rights and establish research goals.

Dual Degree Program
A Dual Degree Program allows a degree seeking student to do part of their degree requirements at Texas A&M and the remaining requirements at a foreign institution.  The student will obtain a bachelor’s degree from both institutions.  All requirements must be laid out in this Academic Program Agreement and all tuition and subsequent fees are the responsibility of the student. Click here for more information on Dual Degree Programs.

Joint Degree Program
Degrees granted in conjunction with another accredited university. Coursework from both institutions count toward the degree and both institution names appear on the degree. Click here for more information on Joint Degree Programs.

If the MOA collaboration involves proprietary rights over potentially copyrightable or patentable material, then those rights should be prepared in consultation with the Office of the Vice President for Research outside the parameters of an International Agreement.  

If exchanges of faculty or students are proposed, be aware that certain U.S. immigration rules apply to visiting scholars and students. For more information on student immigration issues contact the International Student Services Office at (979) 845-1825. Information on faculty/scholar immigration issues are obtainable from the International Faculty and Scholar Services at (979) 862-1719. 

These are acronyms as listed below:

THECB - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

AOC - Academic Operations Council at TAMU

SACSCOC - Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges - Their mission is the assure educational quality and works to improve the effectiveness of member institutions. It is the regional body for the accreditation of the Southern states' higher education, degree-granting institutions.

GOC - Graduate Operations Committee at TAMU

International Agreement Review & Renewal/Termination Process

Creating Student Programs Abroad