At Illinois State, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is seen as the first step in the process of developing an agreement that enables the sending of students or faculty abroad. MOUs are officially signed by the universities involved, but are usually very brief with minimal detail. An MOU can be likened to a handshake or a gesture of goodwill, indicating that both parties are interested in developing a subsequent agreement.
Following the signing of an MOU, the creation of an actual study abroad agreement comes as a result of both institutions investing considerable time outlining detailed terms of a partnership that are mutually beneficial. Once details have been clarified and agreed upon, university officials then sign an official agreement document which establishes a formal relationship and allows students and faculty to be sent abroad.
Illinois State currently has MOUs with the following univerisities. Official agreements are yet to come.