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International Cooperation

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Sister School - University of Missouri

These agreements below are between the Center for Multicultural Research, Training, and Consultation (CMRTC) and the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (ESCP), University of Missouri (MU) and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling (EPC), National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU).The purpose of the agreements is intended to promote mutual cooperation between CMRTC/ESCP and EPC to help achieve goals and objectives of each and both parties, including competencies in counseling psychology, educational psychology as well as increased language and cultural competencies, professional work, and research experiences.

I. Bi-Directional Cross-Cultural Immersion Program
1. The BCCIP is a program designed to: (a) promote EPC and ESCP students’ cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills through a short but intense professional exchange in another culture, (b) promote personal and professional cross-cultural relationships among faculty and students, and (c) establish a long-term professional collaboration between NTNU and MU. 
2. The BCCIP is a short cross-cultural immersion program, including a preparatory seminar. The host institution provides a variety of professional lectures and activities (e.g., multicultural research training, workshop, a buddy system) as well as cultural exploration activities and opportunities (e.g., night markets, living with host families) for the visitors.
3.CMRTC - ESCP at MU and EPC at NTNU will host the BCCIP every other year. Lengths of stay for BCCIP can range from 2-4 weeks in a study immersion program. An extension of stay for BCCIP must be officially approved by both institutions.
 
II. Doctoral Student Exchange Agreement
1. Application and Acceptance
(1)  Students will have completed at least one academic year of doctoral work prior to participation in the exchange;
(2) Good academic standing, as reflected by an average academic score of at least 80 (NTNU) or 3.0(MU) in previous academicwork at the home university, a preferred score of 61 TOEFL (IBT), and two letters of recommendation with one being from their major advisor .

2. Exchange Items
Doctoral exchange students can attend courses (but not receive credit), including Independent Study and Practicum at the exchange institution, as well as participatein research.

3. Study Plan
Each exchange student will be assigned an academic advisor at the host institution prior to submitting an application and based on mutual interests. Each doctoral exchange student shall determine the study plan at the host institution in consultation with academic advisors of both the home and host institutions. Depending on the study program, language requirements and/or other prerequisites may be imposed in accordance with the regulations of the host institution. The doctoral exchange student will normally be permitted to audit classes unless these classes are subject to limited enrollments.

 
III. Master’s Dual Degree Program
1. Application, Education Program, and Location
(1)Students accepted and enrolled in a master’s degree program from either department are eligible to apply for this program. EPC shall assist in identifying and recommending qualified EPC students to matriculate into the Master’s Dual Degree Program based upon an average score of at least 80 from NTNU, a preferred score of 237 TOEFL (CBT), a GRE scoreand three letters of recommendation from EPC faculty. ESCP will assist in identifying and recommending qualified ESCP students to matriculate into the Master’s Dual Degree Program based upon a 3.5 GPA from MU, an application for the Master’s Dual Degree program (including their personal statement and plan of study), and three letters of recommendation from ESCP faculty. All students must then follow the regular application procedures at the host institution.
(2)The education period at the host university shall be a minimum of two semesters.
(3)Graduates shall have completed at least half of the required credits at the home master’s degree program, and meet the graduation credit requirements of both departments. The menu of courses that will fulfill degree requirements will be listed on separate documents.
(4)For EPC students, the classes shall be conducted at the MU and its environs. For ESCP students, the classes shall be conducted at the NTNU and its environs. Periods of study at the two universities do not have to be continuous. The final term can be completed at home university. Graduates are to receive dual degrees, one from each university.
2. Educational Support and Others
(1)ESCP and EPC students will be responsible for the full cost of their education (i.e. application fees, tuition, and student fees) as well as all living costs. However, both parties agree to not charge non-residence fees.EPC students must pay to NTNU for the computer fee and Student Insurance fee during they are at MU.
(2)For enrollment, grade evaluations, scholarships, student services, student code of conduct, advising, and similar related matters, the applicable regulations for each university shall be followed. For other matters, regulations from both universities will be followed.
(3)EPC may request CMRTC/ESCP, and vice versa, to provide detailed information regarding the education program for the qualified EPC students.
(4)Under the MOU, CMRTC/ESCP shall provide appropriate academic programs for the EPC students. The education program shall include the following:
A.Twenty four (24) credit hours in course work must be taken at MU as required in the ESCP counseling psychology and educational psychology Master’s degree program of study, but excluding practica and theses credits. At least 15 credits must be at the 8000 level or above (i.e., graduate level courses only).
B. The total number of credit hours for graduation for the educational psychology program and counseling psychology program is 30 credit hours. Up to six program-related graduate credit hours can be transferred to MU from NTNU for graduation;
C.Each student must pass a final examination to demonstrate mastery of fundamental principles of the work included in this course of study through a thesis project under the direction of the student’s advisor at MU or NTNU, and approved by the NTNU thesis committee as well as the MU faculty advisor.
D. In return for no charges for non-residence fees, students will work as a Research Fellow (10 hours/week) with a designated faculty member.
E.Each EPC student will be assigned an academic advisor and they will meet periodically to discuss academic matters and any other issues and concerns;
F.EPC students can transfer the credits from MU according to NTNU regulations when they have taken the classes at MU.
G. An academic and cultural orientation program for EPC students before beginning the Master’s Dual Degree; and
H.Opportunities to experience American culture (e.g., formal and informal settings and arrangements, seminars, etc.)
 
IV. Agreement for a Coordinated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program(3+2 Dual degree Program)
1. Pre-Application and Admission Requirements
(1) NTNU students who apply to CDP must first be nominated by NTNU.
(2) NTNU will ensure that each CDP nominee:
A. Has a letter from theProvost of NTNU specifically stating that the student has completed requirements to receive a degree from NTNU; the date on which the degree will be received; and that NTNU is fully supportive of the student entering the CDP between NTNU and MU.”
B. Will provide an application form, curriculum vitae, study plan, NTNU transcript and at least 2 recommendation letters from NTNU departmental faculty.
C. Will finish all required courses towards the baccalaureate degree at NTNU (normally during the first three years of their NTNU undergraduate degree program) before enrolling in CDP.
D. Has established that course offerings available at MU and the participating CDP Master’s degree programs are compatible with her/his academic goals.
E. Has fulfilled an average score of 80 academic performance at NTNU, and adequate proficiency in the English language [i.e., a TOEFL score of 580 (PBT), or a score of 237 (CBT), or a score of 92 (IBT).
  F. Has no disciplinary action pending at NTNU.
 2. Once a NTNU student is offered and accepts admission to the MU Coordinated Degree Program, MU will appoint an advisor to help CDP students with course selections. Under the MOU, MU shall provide appropriate academic programs for NTNU students. The education program shall include the following:
(1) Thirty six (36) to forty eight (48) credit hours in course work must be taken at MU as required in the MU counseling psychology and educational psychology Master’s degree program of study, including a broad range of applied experiences (e.g., group counseling, workshops, career coaching, practica as available) but excluding theses credits. At least 15 credits must be at the 8000 level or above (i.e., graduate level courses only).
(2) Students seeking licensure in Taiwan as a counseling psychologist must meet the minimum academic requirements for licensure in Taiwan, including successfully completing a full year internship under a licensed counseling psychologist.
(3) Each student must pass a final examination at MU to demonstrate mastery of fundamental principles of the work.
(4) MU will waive non-resident educational fees for up to 10 students per year accepted into this program.
(5) Each NTNU student will be assigned an academic advisor, and they will meet periodically to discuss academic matters and any other issues and concerns.
(6) Students will enroll for 1 to 2 credits across at least 2 semesters of research in which they will work closely with a faculty mentor as a part of their training.
(7) Students will enroll in a one to three credit applied cultural psychology course during the fall and spring semesters of their first year of study at MU to enhance their understanding of the role culture in psychology as well as the cultural transitions they are experiencing in the U.S. culture as an international student; and
(8) Opportunities to experience American culture (e.g., formal and informal settings and arrangements, seminars, etc.);

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