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Global Partnerships

Guidelines for Establishing Memoranda of Understanding

Members of the university community interested in establishing international partnerships that require a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) should reference the following procedures. MOUs generally encompass faculty, student, and staff exchanges, or collaborative research and teaching projects between the University of North Carolina Wilmington and one or more international institutions. For procedures regarding contractual agreements with other types of international organizations (government agencies, NGOs, for­profit corporations, tour operators, etc.), please contact the Office of Global Partnerships and International Education (GPIE).

1) Meet with GPIE staff to discuss tentative form and scope of the international relationship and activities.

Topics for discussion may include:

  • Program destination and design compared to existing MOUs and partnerships
  • Reciprocity (imbalance of exchange participants)
  • Safety
  • Academic scope (discipline specific vs. university wide)
  • Sustainability
  • Program Administration
    • Student Exchange (responsible parties for faculty leadership, recruitment, application processes, course equivalencies, etc).
    • Faculty & Staff Mobility (salary, support, housing, transportation, living expenses, hosting, logistics, etc)
    • Other activities (resources, expectations, and responsibilities)

2.) Submit a brief memo to GPIE that includes the following:

  1. A brief description of partnership (a paragraph)
  2. Signatures of Department Chair/Unit Head and Dean/Vice Chancellor

3.) Obtain the template MOU from GPIE and finalize a draft agreeable to all parties. GPIE will assist in editing the memorandum for individual programs that deviate from the standard template. MOU versions that deviate from the template must be approved by University Legal Counsel and GPIE before signing.

4.) Obtain appropriate signatures for final MOU. MOUs will be signed by the UNCW Provost, or his or her designee, and the designated authority of the partner institution.

5.) Two originals of MOUs will be signed. One will be kept on file at GPIE. The other will be sent to the partner institution. Copies may also be kept on file in the main offices of the units that initiated the MOU

Upon expiration of an MOU (usually after five years), the staff of the Global Partnerships and International Education, in cooperation with the appropriate UNCW unit as needed, will review the agreement and ascertain the level of interest from all parties for renewal. If all parties are interested in continuing the collaboration, an addendum to the original MOU shall be signed by the authorized representatives that agree to extend the length of the contract.

Items to examine while considering the renewal of an MOU may include:
  • Number of participants on a program over the last five years.
  • A significant imbalance on any exchange agreement.
  • A lack of responsiveness from the foreign university international or academic office
  • Lack of support for our students in securing housing, appropriate classes, and providing orientation.
  • Recommendation from the appropriate UNCW units originating the program.

The staff of the Global Partnerships and International Education, in cooperation with the appropriate academic unit, as needed, will recommend program termination. Programs will be recommended for termination if one or more of the bulleted conditions on the Renewal tab exist.

Documents pertaining to the termination of a program will be signed by the UNCW Provost or his or her designee.

GPIE will keep the International Programs Advisory Committee apprised of Establishment and Termination of MOUs.

Our Partners

  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • Macquarie University
  • James Cook University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Wollongong
  • Western Sydney University 
  • University of the West Indies
  • Galen University
  • FAE Centro Universitário
  • Federal University of Ceará
  • Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • Federal University of São Carlos
  • Insper
  • State University of Ceará
  • Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)
  • University of Ottawa
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences
  • Fudan University
  • Guangdong Ocean University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Shanghai International Studies University
  • Universidad Veritas
  • University of Split
  • University of West Bohemia
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • The American University in Cairo
  • University of Oulu
  • ESSCA School of Management
  • KEDGE Business School
  • University of Western Brittany
  • Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Catholic Applied Sciences University of Mainz
  • Cologne Business School
  • EBC Hochschule: University of Applied Sciences
  • European University of Applied Sciences Rhein-Erft
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 
  • Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf 
  • Hochschule Bremen University
  • ISM Dortmund University of Applied Sciences
  • Leibniz University Hanover
  • Ludwigshafen am Rhein University of Applied Sciences
  • Northern Business School
  • Osnabrueck University
  • Saarland University
  • Technical University Ingolstadt
  • Technische Hochschule Nurnberg Georg Simon Ohm
  • The West Coast University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg-Schweinfurt
  • University of Konstanz
  • Worms University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Gibraltar
  • ETS-Institute of Social Work and Social Science
  • Maynooth University
  • NUI Galway
  • University of Naples Federico II
  • University of Verona
  • Aichi Shukutoku University
  • Hiroshima University
  • Kansai Gadai University
  • Kindai University
  • Mie University
  • Nagoya Gakuin University
  • Osaka Kyoiku University
  • Arnhem Business School
  • Radboud University
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Waikato
  • National Agrarian University
  • National University of Central Peru
  • Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
  • Lisbon School of Economics and Management
  • University of Tyumen
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Dong-A University
  • Kyung Hee University
  • Seoul Women's University
  • University of Burgos
  • Universidad de Huelva
  • Universitat de Valencia
  • Gothenburg University
  • Jönköping University
  • Atilim University
  • Işık University
  • Istanbul University
  • Marmara University
  • Yeditepe University
  • Bangor University
  • Keele University
  • Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
  • Swansea University
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Surrey
Representative Region
A Level LLC Azerbajan
A Plus Study Abroad Saudi Arabia
Adventus Education Sri Lanka
AMV Consulting Canada/ Vietnam
Applywave/ Ustudy Global Latin America, Isreal, South Africa
Bluechip Study USA Sweden
Books Embassy Nigeria
Career Mosaic India, Asia
Dai Duong Education Vietnam
Decagon Digital Learning Ltm Africa and Caribbeans
Docsity Italy
Easy Apply Middle East
Edvoy Global
Edwise International LLP India
EPRO 360 LLC Various
GeeBee Education India
Global Leaders Turkey
Global Tree Careers Pvt Ltd India
IDP India
IFS Consulting India
Imperial Overseas India
International Group for Educational Global
International Trans Education Consultants LLP India
M Square Global Education Solutions (ABCODO) Canada
Master Plus Int. Armenia
Migrates Overseas Consultancy LLP India
Shiksha India
Studee (Formally ISAS) Ecuador (based)
TC Global (formally The Chopras) Singapore, India
Tudesan Egitim Turizm Tlc Turkey
U-Sky Overseas Education India
Vecademy Institute Nigeria
Wiseway Global Co, ltd. China
YORLA Services Global

Contact International Programs

Phone: (910) 962-7521
Fax: (910) 962-4053

601 S. College Road
Hoggard Hall, Rooms 149-170
Wilmington NC 28403