Initiating an International AgreementSichuan Agricultural University

International Programs/Administration, Development & Outreach (IP/ADO) encourages faculty to initiate viable and relevant international exchanges and research opportunities. For more information on agreements, please read the general information below

  1. Agreements:

  2. Letter of Intent (LOI)

An LOI is non-binding document outlining an agreement between two or more parties. An LOI informs that there is essential interest between both parties to pursue larger partnership.

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

An MOU is a non-binding bilateral or multilateral agreement between two or more parties. MOU’s are specific commitments assured by both parties.

International Agreement for Faculty Exchange

An International Agreement for Faculty Exchange establishes the conditions, requirements and protections for faculty from LSU and partner institutions wishing to exchange teaching posts. These exchanges require the consent and active involvement of the department chairs. Faculty from either institution may also request positions as “visiting faculty”. This arrangement does not require reciprocity. Parties involved are expected to seek any additional funding needed from outside sources.

International Agreement for Student Exchange

An International Agreement for Student Exchange provides for the reciprocal exchange of students between LSU and international universities. In order for these agreements to be financially self-sufficient, exchange students pay tuition at their home institutions. These funds are then used to pay the tuition of the visiting students. None of the exchange students pay tuition at the host university. Since exchanges must be balanced, semester for semester, faculty requesting student exchanges must obtain departmental support and commitment to recruit and advise LSU students participating on the exchanges.

  • All requests for international agreements must be sent to the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs (
  • Although a particular department will request an exchange, the final agreement must be established between LSU and the international institution and signed by LSU’s Executive Vice President & Provost and the equivalent official at the other university. It is, however, possible to specify departments within the text of the agreement.
  • Upon approval of the exchange request, IP/ADO will commence talks with the prospective partner institution and draft an agreement. Once the agreement has been fully satisfied by both sides, and college/school (if applicable), IP/ADO will forward said agreement to the prospective partner institution for signatures. Upon the return of the signed agreement from the prospective partner institution, the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs will forward signed agreements to the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) for signatures. The Associate Vice Provost of International Programs will provide copies to the adequate parties.

Any significant changes proposed to the original text must be approved by the Provost.

Once the agreement is signed by all parties, International Programs/Academic Programs Abroad (IP/APA) will coordinate all student exchanges and International Programs/International Services (IP/IS) will provide important immigration and insurance information to all international faculty, scholars and students.