Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements admit students to Penn State, allow students to transfer courses in a block, or otherwise encourage movement from an overseas institution to Penn State. Given the nature of such programs, the following two issues should be considered:

  • Reputation of the overseas institution
  • Availability of advising and special services at the overseas institution and at Penn State.
  • The terms of an articulation agreement specify what credit may be applied toward a Penn State degree from an overseas institutio; may also establish unique admission timing. 

Articulation agreements should not contain terms that suggest guaranteed transfer or any terms that could be construed as a payment to the overseas institution for providing admission to Penn State (e.g. tuition or fees to be paid to the institution during the student’s time at Penn State.)

Process for concluding articulation agreements 

Global Programs can assist in drafting and coordinating international articulation agreements.  Detailed guidelines for developing articulation agreements are available from the Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education and should follow the established Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures, specifically A-11: Articulation Agreements. The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education publishes all approved articulation agreements online.