3.01—International Agreements

Effective: 10/13/2002
Senate Proposal: No
Responsible University Officer: Provost and Vice President For Academic Affairs
Responsible Office: International Programs and Services (IPS)

Policy Statement

A written and duly endorsed agreement between Michigan Technological University and a foreign university is required, if Michigan Tech students are to receive federal financial aid while enrolled for study at the foreign university.

Policy Requirements

A framework agreement must be:

  • reviewed and approved by the executive director of the IPS and
  • approved and signed by the provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs and the president.

Subordinate agreements must be:

  • approved by the appropriate department chair/dean,
  • reviewed and initialed to indicate it was reviewed, by the executive director of IPS, and
  • approved and signed, indicating agreement, by the provost and senior vice president for
  • academic and student affairs.

Any agreement involving study for academic credit must be signed by the executive director of IPS. Any agreement involving research must be signed by the vice president for research.

Reason for Policy

Formal agreements are required by federal law, Title IV 34CFR668.5, available at the Web site http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR, for students who receive federal financial aid while enrolled at a foreign university. A formal agreement between Michigan Tech and a foreign university or other educational, scholarly, or research organization is also an important step in establishing programs for student and faculty exchanges and/or cooperation in education, scholarship, and research.

International Programs and Services (IPS) will serve as the repository for all such agreements.

Refer to the Board of Trustees policy 11.13. Signing Contracts and Other Legal Documents for the signing of documents policy in its entirety.


Office/Unit Name Telephone Number
International Programs and Services 7-2160


Framework Agreement - An agreement that defines in very broad terms the cooperative intentions of the officers of the two institutions. This type of an agreement continues indefinitely.

Subordinate Agreement - One or more agreements worked out by faculty and/or administrators to define individual cooperative projects and exchanges. This type of a specific agreement is for a fixed term and generally falls within the context of the framework agreement.


Department Chair/Dean/Director - Approves all subordinate agreements.

Executive Director, International Programs and Services - Assists in identifying important issues in preparing international agreements. Reviews all international agreements and forwards them to the provost and/or president for approval. Signs any international agreement involving study for academic credit.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs - Signs all international agreements.

Vice President for Research - Reviews and signs all international agreements involving research.


In support of this policy, the following procedures are included:

Adoption Date

10/14/2003 Approved by provost


2/13/2018 Policy review: Throughout Document, changed "Center for International Education" to "International Programs and Services."
04/10/2017 Transfer of policy page from HTML to CMS. Academic numbers renamed from "2.3000" to "3. Academic". Specifically from "2.3001—International Agreements" to "3.01—International Agreements".
06/04/2015 To reflect current titles and practice, "Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs" is now "Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs", "Board of Control" is now "Board of Trustees", and the email address for questions is now policy.
05/07/2012 To reflect current University titles and practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.