Global Partnerships

Miami is an international university and is committed to expanding our global reach—virtually and physically. Developing global partnerships that enhance higher education and increase learning opportunities is a priority for the Office of Global Initiatives and an objective of the Miami 2020 Plan.

Miami currently has partnerships with more than 50 institutions abroad. We actively seek new, mutually beneficial partnerships with select academic institutions and organizations to further facilitate global student and faculty exchange, joint and dual degree programs, collaborative research, e-learning, and other educational activities.

Global Initiatives assists Miami faculty and departments with the establishment of new agreements, facilitates the approval and signature of agreement documents, and maintains records of all global partnerships.

Partnership Types

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Memorandum of Understanding is the first step in developing a partnership between institutions. The MOU provides a broad framework for collaborative activities and is non-binding. At Miami, MOUs are generally valid for a period of 3-5 years and are signed by the Provost.

Activity Agreements

Once an MOU is established, Activity Agreements provide the specific details for a collaborative activity and will include information such as the purpose and scope of the activity, the commitment of human and financial resources, and the use of university space or facilities. Relevant legal provisions are also included in these agreements.

At Miami, Activity Agreements are signed by the Provost and the Dean of the relevant academic division. Common types of Activity Agreements include:

  • Student Exchange
  • Faculty Exchange or Visiting Scholars
  • Dual Degree (collaborative degree program culminating with two credentials, one awarded by each institution)
  • Joint Degree (collaborative degree program culminating with a single credential endorsed by both institutions)
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Articulation, including 2+2, 3+1, and 3+2 programs
  • e-Learning

Global Partner School

Miami’s Global Partner School (GPS) provides customized and collaborative summer study-and-excursion programs for partner institutions. Visit the GPP website for more information on this unique opportunity.

Sponsored Research

Sponsored research projects are administered by the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship.


For questions regarding global partnerships at Miami University, please contact:

Karla Guinigundo
Director of Global Partnerships, Global Initiatives
209 MacMillan Hall
531 E. Spring St.
Oxford, OH 45056