OSU welcomes distinguished visitors from around the world and values the contribution these visitors make to the internationalization of the University. The Office of Faculty Affairs will assist with coordination for visits from international institutions, universities, government offices, and other organizations. These visits typically have a University-wide scope, and are consistent with OSU’s international mission, values, and goals as described in the Strategic Plan. These engagements are designed to maximize the exchange of information and ideas, and especially to identify possibilities for sustainable collaborations between the University and our guests.

Common Delegation Objectives

  • Establish new relationships or collaborations, or strengthen existing programs
  • Create new international learning opportunities for students
  • Enhance the educational or research capacity of a department or academic unit, or of the University as a whole
  • Exchange knowledge and ideas around topics of mutual interest
  • Celebrate a shared accomplishment, or formalize a new agreement

Assistance Offered

A host office or program should be identified as the lead for the visit, including appropriate staff support. In conjunction with the host, our office may assist with:

  • Development and coordination of the program for the visit, including meetings with OSU administrators, faculty, and staff; campus tours; event and meeting design guidance; etc.
    • Provide as much advance notice as possible if a welcome from or meeting with the President, Provost, or Vice Provost Rick Settersten (in his capacity as senior international administrator) is requested.
  • Advice regarding gift protocols or other culturally sensitive aspects of the visit.
  • Issuance of a formal letter of invitation when required by the home country, institution, or agency.

The Office of Faculty Affairs does not provide funding for  visitor’s travel expenses or accommodation. We recommend that the host office work with the incoming delegation well in advance to come to an understanding regarding how expenses will be covered by either or both parties. 

Submitting a Request

Please submit a Delegation/Visit Request at least four weeks before the planned visit.

Upon completion, the Global Affairs Associate will reach out to you within two business days to gather further information. You are also welcome to reach out with questions via email or call (541) 737-6209.