Developing international partnerships is increasingly important for university researchers in the 21st century. A qualitative study was conducted to explore factors affecting faculty and student involvement in a collaborative project between Texas A&M University, U.S.A. and the Universidad Autόnoma de Nuevo Leόn, Mexico. Factors were found to cluster under the major themes of (a) research and programmatic opportunities, (b) communication, (c) international experience, and (d) student opportunities. Communication can be a significant barrier to participation in international collaborations, but faculty and students should be encouraged to pursue such experiences because of their many benefits.
Keywords: Collaborations, International, Partnerships, Research