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2 + 2 or Transfer Agreements


2+2 or Transfer Agreements are formal agreements between two or more universities or colleges to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program.

The following describes the process for developing a new Transfer Agreement:

  1. Approvals  All proposed agreements must be approved by the cognizant department chairperson and dean, and the Associate Provost for International Programs. 
  2. Review Criteria  Criteria for all reviews include those listed in the general criteria.  Additional review criteria for 2+2 or transfer agreements include:
    • Capacity of the University, College, and/or Department to absorb projected enrollment increases in the designated subject areas.
    • Complementarity of the incoming students’ program(s) of study with the courses and programs available to them at UK.
    • Transferability of courses.
    • Language ability required to participate in the program.
    • Feasibility of recruiting students.
  3. Department Review  The faculty sponsor must submit an information form for approval to his or her department chairperson. 
  4. College Review  If the department chairperson approves, the information form is submitted for approval to the dean or dean’s designee.  
  5. Provost’s Review  If approved by the College, the information form is returned to the Assistant Provost for International Partnerships for the Provost’s review and approval.  The Provost has delegated this responsibility to the Associate Provost for International Programs.
  6. Negotiation of the Agreement  The Assistant Provost for International Partnerships will provide the faculty sponsor a 2+2 agreement template approved by UK Legal Counsel, which should be used as the basis for negotiations with the proposed partner institution.  The Assistant Provost for International Partnerships and the faculty sponsor will decide who will represent the University in negotiations (ordinarily it would be either the faculty sponsor or the Assistant Provost).
  7. Legal Review  If any provision of a draft agreement differs substantively from the 2+2 template, the Assistant Provost for International Partnerships will review the agreement with UK Legal Counsel, modify the agreement as needed, and continue negotiations with the proposed partner until an agreement has been drafted that is satisfactory to UK Legal Counsel.  Final copies of an agreement may not be signed until approved, stamped, and dated by UK Legal Counsel (unless the agreement contains no substantive differences from the student exchange template). 
  8. Execution of the Agreement  The Assistant Provost for International Partnerships will prepare four copies for signature.  The agreement is signed by the Associate Provost for International Programs and by an authorized institutional representative of the partner institution.  For 2+2 agreements that target particular Colleges, Departments, or Programs, the agreement must also be signed by the cognizant College Dean.  UK may have additional signatories (e.g., faculty sponsor, department chairperson), but none can substitute for the Associate Provost.  The agreement may be signed in person or via the electronic or physical exchange of documents.
  9. Archives  Two fully executed copies remain with the partner institution.  Two copies are held by UK, one by the Assistant Provost for International Partnerships and one by the cognizant dean.