Berkeley Faculty

Members of the Berkeley campus community seeking to establish successful exchange agreements with international partner institutions are offered the following guidelines.

Evaluate the international agreement. Faculty should consider the following questions before planning an international partnership.

  • Does the proposed partner share Berkeley’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research?
  • What are the objectives for the partnership? If it is a general agreement, how will cooperation between institutions be supported?
  • How will the partnership enhance Berkeley’s research, teaching and service mission?
  • Are there department or unit-specific programs that need to be set out in an addendum?
  • Does the program include financial commitments, research contracts or technology transfer? If so, Business Contracts Office, Sponsored Projects Office or IPIRA may need to be consulted prior to drafting an agreement.
  • Will the program include incoming international students or faculty? If so, please consult with the Berkeley International Office on visa options and immigration requirements.
  • Does the proposed agreement comply with applicable legal restrictions and University regulations?
  • How will the success of the agreement be evaluated?

Check the International Partner Table. If UC Berkeley already has a general MOU with the desired partner, it may not be necessary to sign a new MOU.  Addenda for specific programs or activities can be added to the general MOU.

Identify faculty collaborators.  Exchange agreements are based upon active faculty participation to ensure their vitality and effectiveness.  The first step in developing an exchange agreement is the identification of those faculty members at Berkeley and their counterparts at international institutions who are willing and able to collaborate.

Request a copy of the standard template. The Global Engagement Office can provide a standard template can be used for general agreements that include:

  • Joint educational, cultural and research activities
  • Exchange of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students
  • Exchange of academic materials, publications and other information
  • Participation in seminars, workshops and academic meetings 

Using the template, faculty collaborators may include descriptions of program-specific objectives, augmenting template language if needed. 

If the propsed partnership includes funding, faculty will need to determine if the funding is a gift, research gift, sponsored project or business contract. Check the Research website for resources and indicators.

Determine signatory. The Chancellor signs campus-wide cooperation agreements between universities. Deans and ORU Directors may also sign agreements on behalf of their units. We do not encourage department chairs and individual faculty to sign Memoradum of Understanding or cooperation agreements, even if the text is legally and financially non-binding. Sponsored Projects, Gifts, and Business Contracts need to be signed by the appropriate administrative representative.

Submit proposal for review.  GEO can help evaluate your proposal, suggest additional review and forward to the appropriate signatory.

Notification. Please notify GEO of any new agreements and provide a PDF copy for campus records.