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Partnership types

International students at Belfast Campus

Whether you are an institution wishing to explore opportunities for collaboration in teaching or research, or an international recruitment agency interested in representing Ulster University in your local market, we support a wide variety of international partnership models.

Collaborative partnerships

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) - An MoU establishes the initial partnership and commits both parties to explore opportunities without any financial obligation or recruitment of students.

Articulation Arrangements - A formal agreement between Ulster University and a partner institution to recognise a specific qualification of the partner as meeting part of the requirements for an Ulster University course, thus enabling admission with advanced standing.*

Validated Courses - Validated courses are taught by the partner institution with appropriate support from Ulster University and lead to Ulster University academic awards.

Out-Centre Provision - The University uses the premises of the partner to deliver all or part of the course. In addition there may be a contract with the partner to use its staff to teach or otherwise support delivery.

Franchised Courses - The partner is approved to offer franchised courses, identical in terms of academic content and assessment to that offered by Ulster University. Students would be regarded as Ulster University students.

Joint Courses - Ulster University offers a course in conjunction with one or more partners, and where typically students undertake elements of the course at Ulster University and the partner(s).

  • Ulster University is committed to increasing access to its courses by forming international partnerships and agreements with colleges, universities and other institutions worldwide.
  • articulation arrangements facilitate progression from courses at partner institutions to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Ulster University.
  • Ulster University has a number of agreements with international institutions for articulation arrangements that recognise prior learning of students at that institution as meeting part of the requirements for a University course, thus enabling admission to Ulster University with advanced standing.
  • students wishing to progress to Ulster University through articulation arrangements should first contact the relevant faculty at their home institution.

Study abroad & student exchange

Study Abroad and Student exchange partnerships provide opportunities for students of Ulster University and partner institutions to study for a short period of time at a Host institution.

Our International Business Support team manages the contractual arrangements with our partner institutions. If you are interested in becoming a partner please contact Shauna McKeown, Head of International Business Support.


International recruitment agents are a fundamental part of the international recruitment strategy of Ulster University. Agents provide the University with a presence in international markets it may not otherwise have. We are, therefore, committed to growing and developing our agent network.

As an agent of Ulster University, we expect you to play a key role in the recruitment of high calibre students. Understandably so, we only want to recruit the highest calibre of agents ourselves.

The International Department manages the selection and recruitment of agents and has a robust system in place for anyone wishing to represent Ulster University. For example, potential agents are required to complete an application form and provide references, which we follow-up.

In return, we aim to provide agents with high levels of support and training, including promotional material, market visits, participation in agent events and host familiarisation visits. If you are interested in representing Ulster University please complete our agent application form and forward to our Recruitment Team.

Facilitating entry to Ulster University courses (articulation)