Identifying an International Partner

Click through the sections below for guidelines to consider while identifying an international partner.


Reputation & Accreditation

✓ Does the university abroad meet the required accreditation standards?

✓ What is the university’s reputation in the home country and abroad? 

Institutional History

✓ Do we currently have a partnership with the institution?

✓ Have we had a partnership with this institution in the past?

✓ If the partnership ended, what were the terms behind the cancellation?

✓ Do we have faculty/staff linked to the institution?

Suitability & Sustainability

✓ Will the partnership be of mutual interest?

✓ What population (faculty, students, staff) will this partnership serve?

✓ Is it mutually beneficial?

✓ What is the availability of support (faculty/administrative/student) resources at the overseas institution (and Georgetown if appropriate)?

✓ Does the partnership fulfill a curricular need?

✓ Does the partnership conflict with current academic offerings and/or existing partners in the same location?

✓ Does the partnership have expansion potential?

✓ Will the partnership endure?

Financial Implications?

✓ If this is an exchange, how is it financially reconciled?

✓ Do I understand my department’s requirement for accounting for exchanges?

✓ Is there a chance that the university will lose money?

University Support for Partnership

✓ Has the appropriate department or deans’ office approved this proposal?

✓ Is the department/school’s finance office involved?

✓ If undergraduate, has this been approved by the Program and Policy Committee?

Evaluation & Renewal

✓ Has an initial site visit been conducted (if necessary)?

✓ What is the plan for program evaluation after the pilot year?

Questions? The GPS team supports graduate and non-credit international programs from beginning to end. We are happy to help!

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