The University of Florida extends itself globally through international agreements which are facilitated through the UF International Center (UFIC).

International agreements can be signed between the University of Florida and another international institution / entity providing for the general collaboration on research, faculty exchange, academic interchange or other matters of mutual interest. In some cases, the reciprocal exchange of students is governing an agreement. Contracts and other arrangements involving research, publication rights, or intellectual property are processed through Research and Graduate Programs.

UFIC facilitates:

  • Cooperative Agreements:  An agreement with very general terms. It always requires a separate written agreement to govern specific provisions.
  • Reciprocal (Student Exchange) Agreements:  A specific legal contract arranging the physical exchange of students with an international partner institution. The host institution must be accredited and cannot be located in a country with a travel warning (Israel is an exception to this policy).
  • Study Abroad Contracts: Program contracts that specify services rendered onsite by a third-party provider during a study abroad program.
  • Other Types of Agreements: Options to be proposed and devised by the cooperating institutions in consultation with the UF College, Department and UFIC.

If you have question or require more information, contact Susanne Hill at 352-273-1500 or shill@ufic.ufl.edu.

Types of Agreements

Cooperative Agreements

The primary objective of Cooperative Agreements is the development of collaborative efforts between UF and international institutions / entities. These agreements are broad declarations of intent to promote exchange between the faculty and students of the two institutions as well as the exchange of academic and research information. More specific legal documents must be created in response to the specific activities generated by these agreements. Agreements are typically valid for five years and can be renewed through a signed addendum, if both parties agree.
(Pre-approved cooperative agreement templates are available for download; please click here for instructions).

Reciprocal Exchange Agreements

Reciprocal agreements are the foundation for the exchange programs in which so many UF students are involved. In an exchange program, students pay UF tuition and are assigned UF course equivalencies for the work they do abroad. Grades are factored into their UF GPA. Reciprocal agreements involve a thorough review of the curriculum on both sides. Students are required to take a full academic course load during the exchange semester and the academic work should count toward their degree. 

Reciprocal agreements provide for the equal exchange of students between the University of Florida and an international accredited institution. They are detailed, legally binding contracts. The agreements' provisions address administrative concerns of either institution: Administration of the program, tuition and credit exchange, selection of students, declaration of responsibility regarding housing, transportation, risk management, advertisement, etc. Agreements are typically valid for three years initially and can be renewed through a signed addendum, if both parties agree.
(Pre-approved reciprocal agreement templates are available for download; please click here for instructions).

Study Abroad Contracts

Study abroad program contracts can be signed with academic host institutions, third party program providers, NGOs, travel agencies, etc. These contracts specify services provided during a study abroad program such as housing, local transportation, classroom facilities, excursions, cost of tuition, etc. They are valid for one specific program / year only. For more information, contact Susanne Hill at 352-273-1500 or shill@ufic.ufl.edu.

Other Types of Agreements

Occasionally, agreements are created that do not easily fit within the constraints of UFIC's pre-approved reciprocal or cooperative agreements. This can happen when UF and the partner institution plan for specific collaborative efforts that are not covered in the agreements mentioned above. All agreements not in the standard UF format will be reviewed by UFIC and submitted to General Counsel if the legal language calls for additional approval. For more information, contact Susanne Hill at 352-273-1500 or shill@ufic.ufl.edu.