Developing and Maintaining International Relationships

The land grant mission of Oregon State University includes promoting economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.

In the global context, the university advances this mission through its commitment to open access to information, sharing research, honoring academic freedom, and by engaging in global research, education, teaching, and outreach partnerships with faculty, universities, and private sector partners.

Global Affairs assists in facilitating and promoting global partnerships as follows:

Partnerships and agreements

Our staff provide services for establishing letters of collaboration (LOCs) that are typically non-binding, and formalize the intent to collaborate. We partner with other administrative units to produce memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for binding agreements such as study abroad, internships, and others. We also serve as the administrative point of contact for university-level international strategic partnerships. Explore our interactive map to learn more about OSU's current international agreements.


We can offer guidance and certain types of support for hosting inbound international delegations, and guidance on basic preparation for outbound international delegations as appropriate.

Global Engagement Compliance

The federal government has expressed concern regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities over federally-funded research, largely because certain researchers have failed to disclose conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment between federally-funded research and foreign institutions or funding agencies. While retaining our commitment to open access research and global collaboration, we also prioritize transparency and compliance with federal guidelines. Please see OSU’s Global Engagement Compliance site for guidance on how to ensure ethical and legal compliance as you conduct global research, education, outreach and engagement activities. Please also feel free to contact Dr. Settersten directly if you have questions about global engagement compliance.