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The University of Sydney’s position as a leading global university is enhanced by the establishment of strategic partnerships with prominent higher education institutions worldwide.

International agreements, which formalise the University’s strategic international partnerships, are established by a process of consultation, negotiation and approval, in accordance with the University’s rules and procedures.  

Process for establishing an international agreement
The first step in setting up an international agreement (of a type handled by Global Student Recruitment & Mobility (formerly International Services)), is to complete a Proposal to Negotiate an International Agreement (Proposal) which sets out relevant details of the proposed agreement, including parties, scope of proposed activities and benefits to the University.  (Note: Cotutelle Agreements have a different initiating process and do not use the Proposal form).  

In addition to securing approvals from relevant stakeholders at the University, the Proposal should be circulated to the Office of Global Engagement for feedback on how the proposed partnership aligns with relevant regional objectives and initiatives, and the University's Strategic Plan.

Once a completed Proposal is submitted to the International Agreements Manager, a draft agreement will be produced.  This draft will then be circulated for internal comment from stakeholders at the University, before being shared with the proposed partner institution for its review and comment.

Preparation and negotiation of draft agreements can be a lengthy process.  The International Agreements Manager will be able to advise on a indicative time-frames.  Urgent agreements will be given corresponding priority.  

The University uses standard templates for all of the types of agreements listed below.  Arrangements that depart from the standard templates will need to be reviewed by the University's Office of General Counsel.

Types of Agreements
The University has approximately 800 active agreements with international institutions, of a type handled (or recorded) by Global Student Recruitment & Mobility, including:
  • CEMS Exchange Agreement (CEMS)
  • Credit Recognition Agreements (CRA)
  • Dual Degree Program Agreements (DDP)
  • International Placement Agreements (IPA)
  • Joint Study Abroad and Exchange Agreements (SAX)
  • Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) - (note: not involving research)
  • Offshore Program Agreements (OFF)
  • Outbound Study Abroad Agreement (OSA)
  • Preferred Placement Provider Agreement (PPPA)
  • Principal Cotutelle Agreements (PCOT)
  • Sponsored Student Scholarship Agreements (SSSA)
  • Staff Exchange Agreements (STAFF)
  • Student Clinical Placement Exchange Agreements (SCP)
  • Student Cotutelle Agreements (SCOT)
  • Student Exchange Agreements (EXC)
  • Super Exchange Agreements (SUPER)
  • Visiting Scholar Agreements (VSA)
You can search the University's International Agreements Database for an overview of where the University is engaged regionally and globally.

The initial step for setting up either a Principal Cotutelle Agreement or a Student Cotutelle Agreement is to complete a Cotutelle Pro Forma Part A (for a Principal Agreement) and Part B (for a Student Agreement).  The Cotutelle Pro Forma can be obtained from the International Agreements Manager in Global Student Recruitment & Mobility.

The Research Portfolio at the University (rather than Global Student Recruitment & Mobility) provides support in relation to all research agreements (commercial, government and non-commercial) that involve the management of research and intellectual property. 

To find out where you can go on exchange, search and browse through our list of Exchange Program Partners.

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