International agreements between UTSA and foreign universities or colleges are governed by a combination of Texas state law, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules, and UTSA policies.
There are three types of possible agreements. In general, agreements begin at the cooperative level and progress further over time:
- Agreement of Cooperation - A general agreement used to establish the intent to conduct exchange and collaboration in areas of interest and benefit to both institutions. This agreement simply outlines that UTSA and a foreign institution have established a formal relationship, and may agree to cooperate on more specific programs in the future.
- Affiliation Agreement - This agreement is used to establish a relationship of a much more defined and continuing nature with an international academic institution. The affiliation agreement establishes more specific program relationships beneficial to the respective educational institutions. It is often used to establish the development of well defined joint studies, research and training activities, and other educational programs of mutual interest. Since this agreement just describes the ways to collaborate, signing this agreement does not represent an institutional commitment.
- Program Agreement - This agreement is used to further define and implement the details of a specific program already included within the provisions of an approved affiliation agreement. There are several types of Program Agreements, for more information, please contact the Global Relations and Agreements Coordinator.