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Establishing a Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a formal, written agreement between two or more parties that establishes a partnership. The University of Chicago has over one hundred active MOUs with universities and institutions both in the United States and around the world. These agreements were established either directly by the President's and Provost's office or through Schools, Divisions, departments, and individual faculty members. Each active MOU serves a specific purpose - visiting scholar exchanges, student exchanges, resource sharing, etc. - depending on the needs of the person or entity initiating the agreement. Please note that unless an MOU affirmatively states the parties do not intend to be legally bound by its terms it will generally be considered a binding agreement.   

If you are interested in establishing an agreement with an outside university or institution, please follow the steps outlined in the menu to the left. Keep in mind that MOUs should not be used solely to establish goodwill between two institutions; they should serve a specific purpose. If you have any questions about MOUs or the process of establishing one, please contact Somaiyya Ahmad in the Office of the Provost.