550: Creation of New International Exchange Agreements, Partnerships, or Memorandums of Understanding

Revised: September 2016

The procedures below govern the creation of all new international exchange agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOU's). This includes the creation of any bilateral student exchange, faculty exchange, "dual-degree" type agreement or cooperative agreement with an overseas institutional partner. See UAM sections 500-506 for creation of new contracts or MOU's.

Templates for new exchange agreements, partnerships and MOU's are available from the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) or on the University Forms Page. The form requires information on the proposed admission standards, fee waivers, number of participants per year, location and structure, term of agreement, and resources needed. Supporting documentation and letters may be provided as well. Agreements may be for a period no longer than five years. Agreements will not be renewed automatically but will be evaluated before renewal can be approved.

All proposals for new exchange agreements need first to be approved by the appropriate college or colleges and then forwarded by the OISS. Once OISS reviews and approves it will forward the proposal to the Business & Finance Office.

Program participation is not to exceed two years so as not to exceed J-1 visa non-degree student requirements. Admission for foreign exchange students will be based upon the same criteria used for international transfer students. However, students will be admitted as non-degree seeking.

Evaluation of proposed new exchange agreements will take careful consideration of the number of existing agreements in the same geographical area and the types of courses available. OISS may disapprove of proposed exchanges if they determine that there are insufficient resources to support the exchange.

After receiving recommendations from the college and OISS, the Business & Finance Office will determine whether to approve the final proposal and forward it to the President for final approval.

Upon notification of approval by the President, the Business & Finance Office will send a confirming memo to the college or department, with copies to the appropriate offices.

Exchange agreements should be equitable in their enforcement, and when student exchange agreements include a mutual tuition waiver, the inbound foreign exchange students attending as part of that agreement shall have following fees waived:

• Non-Resident Fee
• Registration Fee, per credit
• Engineering, Nursing and Business Differential Fee
• Application Fee
• New Student Fee
• Fitness Center Construction Fee

Outbound University of Nevada, Reno exchange students will be assessed the following fees:

• Registration Fee, per credit for fifteen units/regular semester; six units/summer
• Technology Fee
• ASUN Fee
• Fitness Center Construction Fee
• Online Learning Fee
• Non-Resident / WUE Non-Resident / Nevada Advantage Non-Resident Fees (if applicable)
• Excess Credit Fee (if applicable)

International travel, accommodation, health insurance, other mandatory fees not listed, books, supplies, meals, and other incidental expenses arising out of the exchange will be the responsibility of the exchange student or faculty member.

Placement of outbound students must follow the requirements of the International Travel Policy and Procedures (UAM 1,404).