Exchange Agreements between Japanese and Foreign Institutions

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Scott Menking, Shimane University



A great deal of research has been done on the benefits of, and problems associated with, students studying abroad, particularly those who participate on school and university-sponsored programs, but this research has been based on the premise that there is a system in place that allows the students to study at another institute connected to their home institution. Usually, such an exchange is achieved through an exchange agreement with a foreign university. There has been less discussion of the actual exchange agreements. The author reviews what these agreements are and the benefits of establishing them before explaining the processes of and difficulties encountered when working to finalize one with a department at an American university.