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Types of Agreements

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

MOU's are general non binding agreements to facilitate academic, cultural and educational contact between parties. They indicate the willingness of the parties to pursue exchanges of staff and students, short visits by staff and students, collaboration in research projects and exchange of academic materials, publications and information. Schedules of activities are not usually included in a MOU.

Credit packages

Credit packages are a pre-approved and formally documented amount of credit that provides advanced standing and credit transfer to students who have completed relevant, recognised tertiary studies at another institution. Credit transfers are typically awarded to students who have completed a Diploma or part of a Bachelor degree. Credit can enable students to reduce the number of units they need to study to complete their degree with CSU. Credit packages must be recommended and developed by a Course Director and approved by the Executive Dean (or delegate).


Articulation agreements – commissioned or non commissioned, enable students who complete designated courses at an external institution to complete their degree at CSU with an agreed level of advanced standing. These are program specific agreements and are only entered into once a credit package has been approved by Faculty Board. Agreements can be multi or single-disciplinary and are detailed via Appendices attached to the agreement. Articulation agreements indicate a serious intention to develop an active relationship with a partner.


Integrated agreements involve embedding another institutions qualification into a CSU qualification as part of the enrolment pattern.  These are program specific agreements and are only entered into once a credit package has been approved by Faculty Board.  Integrated agreements usually involve enrolment at both institutions.

Student Exchange

Student Exchange enables CSU students to study at a partner university for one or two semesters.  Agreements are reciprocal and allow students who are already enrolled at a partner university to study at CSU in Australia for one or two semesters. Students involved in formal exchange programs usually pay the normal tuition and other fees at their home institution and will be exempt from payment of tuition and other fees at the host institution. Participating students normally cover all other expenses including travel to and from the destination country, health cover and living expenses.

Staff Exchange

Staff Exchange enhances the research and teaching links between institutions and promotes international understanding and friendship by stimulating and supporting intercultural activities.

Cooperative Program – 3rd Party Delivery (Delivery)

Under a Joint Cooperation Agreement, a CSU course is delivered to students at a partner institution with agreed academic and administrative support provided by the partner institution.  CSU has full responsibility for monitoring quality assurance in these programs.

Research Collaboration

Research Collaboration Agreements are instituted to enhance the research links between institutions and to promote international understanding and friendship by stimulating and supporting intercultural activities.  The signatory institutions may co-operate in the promotion of symposia, meetings, research conferences, the exchange of information and the publication of research findings. They may also undertake research projects of common interest, joint applications for research grants, establish joint laboratories for research and teaching, encourage and facilitate exchanges of researchers, technical staff, teaching staff and students and encourage and facilitate the co-supervision of PhD students. Specific research projects are added as schedules to the Research Collaboration Agreement.