Description, viability test, template, and requirements specific to this type of agreement. See also the guide to developing an international agreement for general instructions.

Viability Test for New Programs

Developing a new exchange or study abroad program requires careful consideration of the many aspects of program administration. Since a significant amount of faculty and staff time is required to maintain a successful program, the college or department must demonstrate sufficient support from all levels for a new program. This viability test provides a valuable starting point for faculty interested in developing a new program.

1. Is there demand for additional study abroad opportunities in this location?

Demand may be demonstrated by existing programs in this location that regularly fill to capacity, students attending non-OSU programs in this location, requests from students to study in the location, or polls of students in your unit.

2. Is there demand for additional study abroad opportunities in this major?

Demand may be demonstrated by having no programs in this major, by having existing programs in the major that regularly fill to capacity, or by students in the major enrolling in non-OSU programs.

(If the answer to both questions is no, then the program may not be viable. If the answer to one of these questions is yes, continue to the next set.)

3. Are there any conflicts of interest that might prevent this program from going forward?

Would this program directly compete with an existing program sponsored or co-sponsored by OSU? Review the existing programs available to OSU students on the Education Abroad site.

4. Is this program in a location that has a current State Department warning or is considered unstable or unsafe?

This might be indicated through personal experience or knowledge of the location, current events or media portrayal, or the State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets.

5. Do you have broad-based support from your department and dean to start this program?

Is there sufficient administrative support for the program? Advising interested students, processing paperwork, and providing support to incoming and outgoing participants requires a significant commitment of staff time and resources. Be sure there is sufficient interest and support in your department to maintain the program into the future. Be sure that the infrastructure will allow the program to continue even if individual faculty or staff change. Be sure to communicate your plans to create a new program to the college international officer.

Study Abroad Advisory Committee Review of New Programs

The Study Abroad Advisory Committee (SAAC) reviews all new exchange and study abroad program proposals. If you believe you have a viable program, develop a proposal and contact the Director of IDEA to present it to the SAAC. The SAAC must approve the program before a Student Exchange Agreement is signed and the program is publicized.

Study Abroad Program Proposal Form

Short Term/Faculty-Led Program Proposal Form

OSU Student Exchange Agreement 


  • Procurement and Contract Services provides the legally binding signature and is the last to sign the agreement for OSU.
  • The college dean and the head of International Programs sign the agreement to indicate their approval and support.
  • For department-led programs, the department head may optionally sign the agreement to indicate approval and support.
  • The president may optionally sign the agreement to reciprocate such a gesture from the head of the partner institution.
If you have any questions or need a further assistance, please contact the Director of IDEA.