Negotiating Cooperative Agreements

When a Proposal for an International Cooperative Agreement is approved, the International Partnerships Coordinator, with the assistance of the proposing faculty member, will reach out to the potential partner to negotiate a cooperative agreement. UGA's standard agreement is drafted to include a variety cooperative activities. Certain types of collaboration, such as student or faculty exchange agreements or research agreements, may require additional contracts which are often drafted as addenda to the main cooperative agreement and provide further detail regarding the specifics of the collaborative project or exchange.

If the partner has not proposed a contractual agreement, International Partnerships generally will offer its standard ICA and consider any requests for changes made by the partner. If the partner institution has already proposed an agreement, International Partnerships will review the agreement and request any necessary modifications to the partner. This process will continue until the parties reach mutually acceptable terms, with all agreements also reviewed by Legal Affairs.

When the partners are comfortable with the agreement, it will be signed in duplicate at both institutions. Either institution can print the agreements and initiate signature first and send them for signature to the partner institution. International agreements are presented for final review to the Provost and President of the University of Georgia. Only the President has the authority to sign for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, by an on behalf of the University of Georgia.

If you have any questions about negotiating international cooperative agreements, please do not hesitate to contact the International Partnerships Coordinator (706)542-0452.