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Global Partnerships & Exchange Collaborations


Many Tulane University students and scholars enjoy international curricula through exchange programs with our more than 30 partner institutions. Learn more about current international exchange programs offered at Tulane.

Tulane Law maintains international exchange programs with universities around the world to develop firsthand experience with foreign procedures, laws, practices, education, and culture. Click HERE to learn more about Tulane Law International Exchange Collaborations

Freeman's Study Abroad & Exchange programs enable students to live and learn in another culture, whether for a semester or for a summer. In these immersive settings, students develop international management skills by focusing on cultural understanding and global strategies that create competitive advantages in international business. Courses are taught by Freeman-affiliated international faculty and may be taught in English or the language of the host country, depending on the program. Students live among other students at the host institutions. Click HERE to learn more about Freeman's International Exchange Collaborations

In an alliance with partner schools from around the world, the Goldring Institute offers students the opportunity to pursue advancements in their education and world view through graduate business degree programs including the Master of Management, Master of Finance, Master of Management in Energy and Executive MBA. Clicke HERE to learn more about the Goldring's Institute International Exchange Collaborations

The mission of the Tulane Office of Global Health (OGH) is to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative research opportunities for faculty across Tulane University, and to promote global health research training opportunities for Tulane students. Additionally, the Office of Global Health has collaborative relationships with international organizations from a variety of countries, including Argentina, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, Peru, and Zambia. Click HERE to learn more about OGH's International Exchange Collaborations

NTC's Office of Study Abroad maintains exchange agreements with various universities from around the world. Students from these universities may spend a semester or year at Tulane University. Consider coming to Tulane where you can make progress towards your degree while taking such interesting courses as American Political Thought or Music in New Orleans. Click HERE to learn more about NTC's International Exchange Collaborations.


Interested in developing a global collaboration?

Tulane supports high-quality international collaborations, and thus encourages international academic agreements and MOUs which enable faculty, departments, academic units and schools to explore possible collaboration with peer universities. Learn more about Tulane's support and process for international agreements by downloading the academic agreement guidelines. After reviewing the guidelines and gathering key information, complete the online proposal form.


4 Steps for Developing an International Academic Collaboration

Step 1
Confirm Preliminary Institutional Support
  • Obtain preliminary support from the relevant Dean or unit leader for the contemplated arrangement.
  • Consult with Tulane Global to ask questions, check for existing MOUs or legal agreements with collaborator, and confirm vetting and approval process.


Step 2
Submit a Proposal


Step 3
Draft an Agreement
  • Tulane Global will review the submitted proposal form and liaise with the appropriate offices.
  • If we determine that the arrangement requires a non-binding MOU, then Tulane Global will provide you with an MOU template.
  • If your arrangement contains legally binding terms and conditions, then we will work with you and the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to formalize an agreement.


Step 4
Send to Collaborator for Review and Sign Approved Document
  • Once a draft has been internally approved, representatives from Tulane and the collaborating institution will finalize negotiations and sign the document.
  • Tulane's Provost's Office signs all academic MOUs and agreements (unless it indicates otherwise). A copy of the fully-executed document will be retained by the Provost's Office and the relevant Tulane school/unit.


Best Practices

Successful international academic collaboration requires planning and a sustained commitment. To ensure the long-term success of your collaboration, please consider the best practices outlined below:

Know your Collaborator(s)

Ensure that you know and trust the person or organization whom you’ll be working with. Academic collaborations depend on strong individual relationships.

Start Early

Developing strong collaborations takes time. While simple MOUs can be processed quickly, complex legal agreements may take months to complete, depending on various factors. Allow ample time for agreements to be executed before initiating joint activities.

Questions to Consider
  • What is the purpose of the collaboration?
  • Who is the proposed partner?
  • What do you know about their institution?
  • What do you hope to achieve?
  • How does this collaboration further the mission of your department/center, school/college, and/or TU?
  • How do you see the relationship developing over the first year and into later years (as relevant)?
  • What administrative burdens of the relationship do you anticipate, especially financial?
  • How are you planning to meet these expenses?
  • By what metrics will you judge a productive relationship?
  • Is a formal agreement needed? Why?
  • What is the proposed duration of the agreement?
  • Any other relevant information?
Confirm Institutional Commitment and Internal Support

The strongest collaborations have broad institutional support and clear goals. Confirm support in your unit, department or college and consider involving other units on campus. Ensure that your collaborating institution is equally committed.

Set Clear Expectations

Explicitly discuss your aspirations and expectations with your collaborating institution. When expectations are misaligned, communication can break down quickly.

Assess Institutional Fit

Academic collaborations are most successful when partners have strong reputations, compatible missions, and complementary academic strengths.