Faculty Visits/Faculty Exchange Agreements

International scholars or faculty can come to Penn State and Penn State faculty can teach a course overseas without an agreement.  Teaching appointments at the undergraduate level are typically arranged by academic colleges in consultation with the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) in Global Programs. 

When faculty visits or exchanges are to be formalized and conducted on a regular basis, a Faculty Exchange agreement may be appropriate.  Such an agreement should indicate the following:

  • Type of activities visiting faculty engage in at Penn State, duration of visits, and who will cover expenses;
  • Number of faculty members participating in the exchange and mechanism of selection;
  • Availability of accommodations and office space;
  • Access to labs in compliance with export control laws and Penn State policies;
  • Access to internet and libraries;
  • Health and safety issues.

Process for developing faculty exchange agreements

Colleges and campuses are asked to contact Global Programs and seek internal approval from the dean or chancellor (with preliminary support from the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses when applicable). Global Programs will provide a draft agreement and coordinate the Penn State approval and signing process.  To initiate the process for developing an international agreement that includes faculty exchanges, contact Global Programs at intlagreements@psu.edu.