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Lehigh University uses the following definitions to identify partnership agreements.

General Memo of Understanding Agreement (MOU)

This agreement states the intention of the institutions to explore the potential for collaborative activities in different academic or research areas. It does not include specific activities and must be implemented through addenda or separate specific agreements that are required to be approved by the authorized officials. A General MOU is used to establish the relationship when both institutions believe a formal statement of interest would be an appropriate step.

This agreement establishes a substantial framework for exploring collaboration when it seems clear there may be multiple possibilities for collaboration. It identifies and informs both parties about institutional concerns such as restrictions on immigration, technology transfers and intellectual property.

Agreement for Reciprocal Student Exchanges (RSE)/ Bilateral Agreement

This agreement provides for the equal exchange of students between Lehigh University and an institution abroad. RSE participants are registered at their home institution, so there are no costs associated with tuition. However, RSE activities may have financial, accreditation and immigration implications requiring a thorough evaluation.

Short-term Study Abroad Agreement

This agreement details the activities associated with a LU Study Abroad Program at a particular site. It includes the specific conditions and expectations from both parties associated with the implementation of the program. Study abroad programs must be approved by the academic departments and follow the policies and procedures established by the Office of International Affairs.

Agreement for Research, Technical or Scientific Cooperation

This document structures the commitments, roles and responsibilities, as well as procedures to implement an exchange of faculty, researchers or administrators between LU and an overseas institution. The financial and logistical implications of the exchange must be discussed and agreed upon before the final agreement is submitted for signature.

This document will be reviewed by the Office of General Counsel.

Graduate Studies Agreements

All agreements involving graduate students or related programs must be developed in coordination with and approved by the specific College the student is enrolled in.

Dual Degree Agreements

This document structures the program through which students receive two existing degrees, one from each partner institution. Each institution is primarily responsible for its own degree; however, an articulation of courses as well as the procedures to ensure program quality and coordination is required.

This agreement allows for the transfer of credit according to existing undergraduate and graduate policies.