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Office of Global Engagement

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

Office of Global Engagement

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

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Global Partnerships

OU has more than 150 signed agreements in 50 countries. These partnerships allow us to work in collaboration with universities and institutions around the world to advance education, scholarship and creative activity. Global partnerships enrich our campus, our community and our state and increase the visibility of Oakland University around the world.

  • If you are thinking about an international agreement, please read the guidelines before initiating an agreement. Contact Rosemary Max [email protected], x4730, Executive Director of Global Engagement if you have a question about the process.
  • Make sure you have your Dean’s support
  • Chose a template, complete and submit it. You will receive an email with the draft agreement as an attachment, and a link to the routing and approval form.
  • Agreements take time to finalize not only here at Oakland but with partner institutions. It is a good idea to start a year in advance.
Agreement Templates

General document signed when exploring possibilities for collaboration

Incoming and outgoing students. Incoming non-degree seeking international students spend one or two semesters at OU and outgoing OU students spend one or two semesters at the partner institution 

American Semester Abroad Program (ASAP)
Incoming non-degree seeking international students who spend one or two semesters at OU.  

Incoming international students, pursuing a degree objective (entirely or partially) at OU, and who will receive a degree from OU. 

  1. Exploration phase or developing a specific program If discussions with a potential partner are in an exploratory stage an MOU can be signed. If specific programing is proposed, an additional agreement must be signed to reflect the proposed programing. Some partners like and/or require an MOU first as an intention to cooperate, however one of the above agreements can be signed first if the MOU is not needed.

  2. College to College or University wide College to College agreements are those that focus on
    one college or even one or a few departments within a college and the corresponding college or
    department(s) at the overseas institution. University wide agreements are much broader and
    should be evaluated by Global Engagement for their viability for Oakland as a whole.

  3. Degree objective or not Agreements can have a degree or a non-degree objective.

  4. Incoming international students. International students come to OU as non-degree seeking
    students (exchange, ASAP, ESL). They also come as degree seeking students, via an articulation
    agreement to complete their degree here at OU; or for an entire degree program at OU. In all
    cases they must follow admissions standards, comply with the English proficiency policy, pay
    published tuition rates and purchase the OU health insurance policy.

  5. Exchange: If you are contemplating an exchange, as a first step please reach out to Alex Zimmerman, director of International Education, at [email protected]. In an exchange:
    1. tuition is typically waived for both sides. Please Note: full tuition waivers are
      restricted to non-degree seeking students in the exchange category.
    2. students who are coming to OU on a tuition waiver still need to cover room/board, and
      health insurance. In addition, students are advised to budget approximately
      $2000/semester for books and incidentals. Consider if students at the potential exchange
      partner will have access to a minimum of $8,000/semester.
    3. Numbers must be kept in balance over time and therefore costs and demand on both sides
      of a proposed exchange must be carefully considered. An out of balance exchange results
      in a significant deficit.
    4. undergraduate students can only be exchanged with other undergraduate students.
      Graduate students can only be exchanged with graduate students.
    5. options must be evaluated for the number of viable courses (in many cases this means the
      number of courses in English) open to an outgoing OU student how they will count at
      OU. It is especially important for students to receive major credit on an exchange.
    6. A potential exchange destination must be evaluated by Global Engagement for risk
      and safety (see #12) including housing and local transportation.
    7. A potential exchange must have outgoing demand, if there is no demonstrable outgoing demand it is not an exchange. Consider the ASAP agreement type.
  6. Feasible or not It is important to consider the feasibility of a proposed program or idea. Is it
    likely there will be demand from students at OU and the partner school? Does this program
    compete directly with or draw students from an existing OU exchange or agreement? Why would students enroll in what is being proposed? Can they get a full schedule of courses? Can they afford to go?

  7. College/Department Point Person A point person is needed for each agreement.

  8. Approvals. All agreements are reviewed by and will need to be approved by: Dean; Global
    Engagement; Provost Office; Registrar; Admissions; Financial (other units/approvers will be
    added if needed)

  9. Template/Translations In all cases OU prefers to use its template and it will mean a faster
    approval process. Documents not in English must be translated into English prior to starting the
    agreement process.

  10. Length of agreements. Agreements are generally signed for 5 years. However for new exchange agreements the length is 3 years.

  11. Renewing agreements. Global Engagement will keep a database of agreements and prompt the department contact person 6 months prior to expiration for a review. At this time, it is important to consider the goal expressed in the agreement. For example: How many students participated in the program? If it is an exchange, is it in balance? Have students obtained their degrees? Has there been a successful research or faculty collaboration? How has Oakland’s reputation grown in the partner institution/country? Renewing agreements will, in large part, depend on the success of the prior agreement.

  12. The U.S. Department of State has a 4 level travel advisory on travel.state.gov. Level 1 is “Exercise Normal Precautions’ Level 2 is ‘Exercise Increased Caution. Level 3 is “Reconsider Travel” and Level 4 is “Do not travel” Oakland University will not organize programs for students in countries listed in the level 3 or 4 category.