There are several types of agreements at Oregon State University:

  • Letters of Collaboration (previously referred to as Memoranda of Understanding or MOU) is general and non-binding

A written statement of understanding between Oregon State University and an international partner institution that expresses mutual interest in engaging in cooperative academic or research effort but that does not involve a commitment of University Resources*.

To establish new Letter of Collaboration (LoC) agreement or renew existing agreements, please contact Debbie Parkins in International Affairs at or (541) 737-1503.

  • Program Agreement outlines a specific activity and is binding

A written agreement between Oregon State University and an international partner institution that entails a commitment of one or more University Resources* for academic and research purposes and that has been approved by designated signatories.

The most common type of Program Agreement is found under the heading of

  • Education Abroad Agreement (includes student exchange, faculty-led and external provider programs)

 In the case of Education Abroad Program agreements (including Student Exchange, Faculty-led and Affiliate Program Agreements), OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) serves as the primary contact for program proposals, agreement guidance, and student preparation processes.  

Once an international agreement is approved and signed by both parties, the administration of the agreement and terms outlined are the responsibility of the college/unit named in the agreement. 

The timeline for initiating a new international agreement can vary, but in general, for agreements that require substantial drafting or review, please allow 2-3 months for Contact Services and even longer for Education Abroad program agreements.  For renewal of existing agreements, please allow 3-4 weeks.

*University Resources are labor, materials or assets, both monetary and non-monetary, under the control and management of the University including University funds, facilities, office space, research materials, tools, databases, equipment, or the time or effort of University personnel. University assets include the University’s names or marks, and all University intellectual property, including copyrighted materials and resources.

Note: The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has central responsiblity for proposal submission for sponsored research, scholarship and other activities at OSU, and contractual compliance as it relates to sponsored activities.