Student Recruitment and Marketing

Types of international partnerships

This page describes a number of different forms of collaboration. For further advice or to discuss models not listed below, please consult International Partnerships (see key contacts). Template agreements for some types of partnerships can be provided upon request.

Articulation arrangements

A process whereby all students who satisfy academic criteria on one course are automatically entitled (on academic grounds) to be admitted with advanced standing to a subsequent stage of a course of a degree-awarding body. These arrangements normally involve credit accumulation and transfer, so that credit achieved for the approved study at the first provider is transferred to contribute to the course and award completed at Sussex (the degree-awarding body).

Capacity building

Capacity building partnerships may involve, for example, staff training and development, access to facilities, networks or expertise or research skills development, with the aim of enhancing global perspectives and supporting an institution in developing its own strengths and resources.

Doctoral degrees with co-supervision

Where the University of Sussex awards the degree, but part of a student’s period of study is spent at a partner institution, with a co-supervisor appointed from the partner institution and approved by Sussex.

Dual/double awards

Arrangements where two awarding bodies together provide a single jointly delivered course (or courses) leading to separate awards (and separate certification) being granted by both, or all, of them.


A process by which the University agrees to authorise a delivery organisation to deliver part or all of one (or more) of our approved courses.

Joint awards

An arrangement under which two awarding bodies together provide a course leading to a single award made jointly by both participants. A single certificate (signed by both authorities) attesting to the successful completion of the jointly delivered course.

Mobility (staff)

Staff mobility provides an opportunity for staff to spend a short period in another institution (normally overseas) and share expertise with contemporaries in teaching, research or administration. Staff mobility can help to strengthen strategic relationships and have an important role in capacity building with partner institutions, as well as providing development opportunities for the individuals concerned.

Mobility (students)

Where students on specified University of Sussex awards can spend time at a partner institution registered as a visiting or exchange student. This may include the opportunity to accrue credits at international (both EU and non-EU) partner institutions with independent degree-awarding powers, often exchanged with students from the partner institution who accrue credits at Sussex.

Progression arrangements

Arrangements whereby students who have succesfully completed an award at another institution or provider may be considered for admission to the beginning of a course at the University (with no recognition of credit towards a University of Sussex award).

Research partnerships

Strategic partnerships can bring together complementary strengths and deepen the impact of cross-disciplinary research. International research partnerships may involve collboration with an individual or team of researchers overseas, with a view to, for example, providing access to particular techniques, samples or equipment, developing critical mass and competitive advantage, driving international collaboration on papers, accessing new sources of funding, promoting the work of the centre internationally, or enabling impact through access to particular policy makers, international organisations or industry representatives in the region. Research partnerships may include mobility programmes to provide international opportunities for faculty and doctoral students.


A process by which the University judges a course developed and delivered by another organisation is approved as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to one of the University’s awards.