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University of Calgary Country: Canada Campus wide Contact: Glen Macdonald Description: Duration: 1/21/2019-1/20/2024 Funding: 0 View Agreement
Waseda University Country: Japan International Institute Contact: Kathryn Atchinson Description: Duration: 10/18/2015-10/17/2020 Funding: 0 View Agreement
Innovation Center of NanoMedicine Country: Japan California NanoSystems Institute Contact: Jeff Miller Description: Duration: 2/4/2016-2/3/2021 Funding: 0 View Agreement
Albany State University Country: United States Evolutionary Medicine: Pathways to PhDs Contact: Pamela Yeh Description: Duration: 6/17/2016-6/16/2021 Funding: 0 View Agreement
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Country: France Institute for Society and Genetics Contact: Ted Porter Description: Duration: 7/15/2014-7/14/2019 Funding: 0 View Agreement
The Etxepare Basque Institute Country: Spain Department of Spanish and Portuguese Contact: Lauren Na Description: Duration: 10/24/2016-10/23/2021 Funding: 0 View Agreement
The Macau University of Science and Technology Country: China Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Contact: Carlene Brown Description: Duration: 9/8/2016-9/7/2021 Funding: 0 View Agreement
The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University Country: Japan The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), UCLA Contact: David Jaquez Description: Duration: 6/4/2015-6/3/2020 Funding: 0 View Agreement
Aino University Country: Japan UCLA School of Nursing Contact: Dr. Janet C. Mentes Description: Duration: 11/5/2018-11/4/2023 Funding: 0 View Agreement
Kitasato University Country: Japan UCLA School of Nursing Contact: Dr. Janet C. Mentes Description: Duration: 11/5/2018-11/4/2023 Funding: 0 View Agreement
179 Agreements

Initiate an Agreement

The non-binding MOU is designed to meet the needs of most UCLA faculty and academic units seeking to acknowledge or explore a potential institutional partnership with a foreign institution. It provides formal recognition of a relationship between UCLA and a foreign institution without any commitment of financial, faculty, staffing, space or other university resources. It may also serve as a starting point for further discussions and planning of joint research or educational activities.

If you choose “New MOU” below, you will begin an online process through which a printable agreement, based on the non-binding MOU template, will be generated and returned to you for signatures. It is, therefore, essential that you have the names and titles of the signatories before you initiate the process below. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Paul at

Alternatively, if you are interested in the development of a supplementary agreement to an existing MOU or a new collaborative activity with concrete commitments of UCLA resources, which requires considerable campus consultation, the non-binding MOU template will not be appropriate. Please contact Kathryn Paul at for more information.

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Guidelines & Policy

Faculty Guidelines for International Collaborations

(These guidelines as well as Policy 980 are currently being updated)

The aim of this document is to address questions that arise as UCLA pursues various forms of international collaboration and exchange.

Current University regulations about faculty use of time, conflicts of commitment, compensation, and other important issues do not explicitly address these varied forms of collaboration. This document attempts to create a process for clarifying existing policies by requiring that individualized agreements to address these issues be entered into with participating faculty.

Prior to a faculty member participating in such an international collaborative relationship, a written agreement must set forth the expectations of (1) UCLA and its department/school, (2) the institutional partner, (3) the faculty member, (4) as well as all three partners with respect to the expected benefits. Read more »

UCLA Policy 980: University International and Exchange Agreements

Please read UCLA Policy 980 from the UCLA Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual. View policy »

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find out if an agreement already exists with a particular institution?
    • UCLA's International Institute maintains an online database with records of all known active international agreements (
    • The website contains general information about the agreement and identifies a faculty contact/coordinator.
    • Please contact the faculty coordinator directly or contact if you would like more information on a specific agreement.
  • When is it appropriate to use the non-binding MOU template?
    • The MOU template is designed to meet the needs of most faculty and academic units seeking to acknowledge or explore an institutional partnership with a foreign institution.
    • The template allows the faculty to identify a set of activities that will be explored with the foreign institution in more detail in the near future - including student exchange, faculty visitation, joint conferences, research projects and the like.
    • The MOU, however, clearly stipulates that the signed agreement does not in any way indicate a commitment of funds, staffing, or facilities at that point.
    • The MOU may be signed by a dean, an ORU director or the University Librarian. Please review Policy 980 for more information.
  • What is the process for generating a non-binding MOU?
    • The link "Initiate an Application" will take you through the steps necessary to generate an MOU for signature. Policy 980 states that these MOUs may be signed by deans, ORU directors or the University Librarian.
  • What if a representative from a foreign institution has already presented an MOU document for UCLA's signature?
    • It is not unusual for a visitor to arrive on campus with a standard agreement from his/her institution "in hand." We strongly advise deans and faculty to utilize the campus approved MOU template in these instances, rather than sign the other institution's document. Even though there may not appear to be any real differences between the two documents, our non-binding MOU template has been vetted by Campus Counsel and contains approved language and disclaimers. There may be some delay if the other party insists on using their own document. It is essential that campus officials have time to review and, if necessary, modify the agreement. It is neither wise nor appropriate to expect UCLA to respond without taking time for due diligence.
  • Who is responsible for administering the initiatives outlined in a proposed agreement?
    • The academic unit at each institution responsible for the implementation and management of the agreement must be specifically identified in the agreement. The UCLA academic unit specified in the agreement (not the International Institute) will be responsible for the administration and implementation of an agreement.
    • The academic unit is also responsible for obtaining commitments from relevant campus entities for the allocation of resources in support of the agreement - including office space, staffing, funding for exchanges of visiting scholars or students, tuition waivers, health and liability insurance, travel expenses, housing, and the like.
  • For what period will the MOU remain valid?
    • In most instances, a period of five years is sufficient for exploring and identifying a set of activities to be implemented. All MOUs must state that the agreement will be reviewed prior to the expiration date to determine whether it will be renewed in its current form, modified, or allowed to expire.
  • Should there be a foreign language version of the agreement?
    • UCLA academic units should be sensitive to providing an opportunity for the other institution to produce a foreign-language version of the agreement based upon the English-language version. It is the responsibility of the initiating academic and/or administrative unit to provide appropriate translations of draft agreements and verification of the translation. If a foreign-language document is prepared, the language of the original English version shall prevail in the event of any translation discrepancies.