Whether you are planning a faculty-led program or advising students, familiarize yourself with resources and procedures. Here are advice and assistance for projects that seek to internationalize the curriculum and the campus, to establish collaborative research ties, to identify grant and fellowship support, and to design research and study abroad opportunities for students. To learn more about programs, search the Study Abroad Program Directory >>

The CUNY International Travel Guidelines outline regulations for international travel by CUNY students, staff and faculty, including academic (for credit), co- and extracurricular, research and other travel related to CUNY.


Start a Faculty-Led Program

Procedures differ on each campus. If you are interested in developing a program, contact the director of your campus study abroad office. Many campuses are eager to assist faculty in developing programs. Well-developed faculty-led programs will require about a year of advanced planning, and you must allow time for your college to consult with CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management before a program can be approved.


Initiate an International Agreement or Statement of Shared Interest

When a CUNY college and an institution abroad decide to collaborate, they may initially to proceed with a Statement of Shared Interest, which is a preliminary step that facilitates progress towards an agreement.  An agreement is required for actual collaboration.  However, the Statement of Shared Interest approval process is faster, and can therefore be a useful first step in some cases.

All agreements must be approved by the Board of Trustees.  Submissions should include:

  • an agreement draft (models below)
  • a draft Board Resolution (models below), and
  • a completed, signed Transmittal Form. (To use as a fillable form, save and open in Adobe). 

These should all be sent as soft copy attachments to GlobalAgreements@cuny.edu.  This process for submitting international agreements to the CUNY Board of Trustees was defined by the Provost in 2006.  Drafts of Statements of Shared Interest (SSI) must also be submitted to this address, but resolutions and transmittal sheets are not required for SSIs, and the turnaround time is significantly faster.

Most agreements make arrangements for affiliated programs or exchanges (student or faculty).  If you plan a type of collaboration that the model documents below don’t address, please contact us with details.

Affiliated program agreements are used when a CUNY college will pay a non-CUNY entity to deliver instructional and other services abroad to its students.

Exchange agreements are based on reciprocity (tuition waivers) and do not involve a transfer of funds in either direction.

Unless they are a hybrid program with affiliated program elements, faculty-led programs do not require an agreement.  However, they do require a separate program approval process, as outlined in the International Travel Guidelines.

Agreement renewals do not require a transmittal sheet or resolution, and do not need to be approved as to form.  However, a scanned copy of the signed renewal must be sent to globalagreements@cuny.edu for recordkeeping purposes.

If you are working on an agreement that requires Board of Trustees (BoT) approval, please keep the following deadlines in mind. Approval by OAA and OGC must be complete before the Stellent submission window for a given Board meeting closes. You may also need to build in time for internal deadlines for Stellent submissions at your college.

Stellent submissions 12/21-28 1/19-1/25 3/21-28 5/20-27 8/24-31 10/17-24
BoT meeting 1/25/16 2/29/16 5/2/16 6/27/16 9/26/16 11/21/16

Once the agreement has been approved as to form by the Office of General Counsel and the Board of Trustees has met, the agreement can be signed by the College President.