Types of Agreements

As the flagship university of the state of Louisiana, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is committed to being a leading program of excellence in supporting cultural adeptness and global engagement. LSU International Programs supports this mission by expanding collaborative relationships both at home and abroad. Collaboration enhances both parties' competitive advantage as well as international status, while promoting and supporting first-class research.

The common types of agreements that LSU enters into include:

A FX agreement establishes the conditions, requirements and protections for faculty at LSU and/or partner institutions who wish to serve as an exchange professor or guest research scholar.

  • Requires consent and active involvement of department chair
  • Does not require reciprocity
  • Parties involved are expected to seek any additional funding needed from outside sources

A FSX agreement establishes the conditions, requirements, and framework for exchanging of faculty, staff, and students between LSU and partner institutions. 

A LoI is non-binding document outlining an agreement between two or more parties. A LoI informs that there is initial interest between concerned parties to pursue broader partnership.

A MoU is an inter-institutional framework for cooperation. A MoU declares an intent to explore opportunities for collaboration that are mutually beneficial. MoUs may lead to further collaboration in separate agreements that specify additional activities or goals.

  • Expresses intent to explore mutually beneficial relationship with an institution
  • Provides foundation for an institutional relationship
  • Creates no financial obligations

Seamless Degree Transfer agreements are often characterized as 1+3 or 2+2 corresponding to the breakdown of a traditional four-year undergraduate program between two partner institutions. A 2+2 creates a special preparatory track for partner institution's students to obtain a bachelor's degree at LSU. 

  • Students will enroll at LSU as International Transfer Students after completing 2 years of study at partner institution
  • 2+2 Agreement requires a review and evaluation of education criteria, admissions criteria, course equivalency and transfer criteria -- all to be outlined within an articulation agreement
  • Creates no financial obligations

Student Exchange Agreements (SX) establish a bilateral arrangement for the exchange of students for a semester or academic year on the basis of reciprocity or a defined ratio. Student exchanges provide a valuable opportunity to transform the educational experience and bring diversity to our student population. 

  • Two complimentary mobility programs:  Academic Programs Abroad at LSU and recruitment of international students to LSU
  • Students pay tuition to their home institution
  • Creates no financial obligations to partner institution
  • Exchanges are reciprocal
  • Faculty requesting student exchanges must obtain departmental support and commitment to recruit and advise participating LSU students

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