Establishing Overseas International Partner Program

State-Funded Study Abroad Programs, Bilateral Exchange, Consortium and Affiliation Agreements

At San Francisco State University, the President has designated the Office of International Programs (OIP) to assist in this endeavor and to provide expertise to faculty and departments who wish to make a bilateral exchange agreement proposal. In order for a bilateral exchange agreement to be reviewed for approval, a fully documented final proposal and program plan needs to be prepared, following Attachment A of The California State University Executive Order No. 550. The steps for a proposal review should be in the following order:

  1. Interested faculty or administrators should consult with the Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs in the Office of International Programs for information and assistance in drafting a bilateral exchange proposal according to California State regulations and California State University policies;
  2. Completed proposals are reviewed and endorsed by the Chair of the sponsoring department;
  3. With the Chair's endorsement, all proposals are reviewed and endorsed by the Dean of the sponsoring college;
  4. With the Dean's endorsement of the proposal, the Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs in the Office of International Programs will present the proposal for the last level of review by the All University of International Programs (AUCIP);
  5. With the AUCIP's approval, the Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs will provide a Bilateral Exchange Agreement, which is a final document defining the conditions of the bilateral agreement, according to CSU regulations and directives;
  6. Two copies of the proposed Bilateral Exchange Agreement documents are passed to the Director of the Office of International Programs for presentation to the President and final signature. Only the President of the University can sign agreements making institutional commitments on behalf of San Francisco State University with bilateral partners.
  7. Upon signature by the President of San Francisco State University and the president, or chief administrator, of the partner institution, the agreement will become active for the duration of the defined agreement.

In order for a bilateral exchange agreement, or any other state-funded study abroad program, to be reviewed for approval, a fully documented final proposal and program plan needs to be prepared. Attachment A of The California State University Executive Order No. 550 recommends the following:

"A fully documented proposal will reflect a great deal of preparation and effort. It will include, at a minimum:

  1. A summary of the program concept;
  2. Course lists, including detailed descriptions, course numbers, unit values, and contact hour information; each description will also include a statement on prerequisite study or other preparation;
  3. A curriculum plan, summarizing the course structure and enrollment requirements;
  4. A summary of planned instructionally related tours and travel;
  5. A brief description of on-site and pre-departure orientation programs;
  6. An approximate calendar of events for the study abroad program;
  7. A statement on the estimated potential for reiteration of the program over a specified number of years;
  8. Information on faculty and staff;
  9. A description of instructional facilities and support required;
  10. A description of the plan for all aspects of program evaluation, including student evaluation;
  11. A detailed student fund budget plan;
  12. Samples of drafts of publicity and recruiting materials;
  13. A description of the student selection process, to include a summary of selection criteria;
  14. A statement of the program's nondiscrimination policy."