Types of Collaborations

There are many kinds of collaborations between Penn State and international counterparts. Some require formal agreements, while others do not. The following is a brief overview of the more common types of collaborations, with links to more detailed explanations.

Articulation Agreements

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

  1. reputation of the overseas institution
  2. 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 the overseas institution and may also establish specialized 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. The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education publishes all approved articulation agreements online.