Oregon State University is engaged in education, research, and outreach activities around the world. The Office of Faculty Affairs works with colleges and departments to develop and track international agreements. Our staff are available to assist in guiding you through the process of establishing agreements with institutions and colleagues around the world.

International Agreements - An Introduction

A Letter of Collaboration (LOC) is a non-binding, general agreement initiating relations with a partner institution. An LOC expresses mutual interest in engaging in cooperative academic or research efforts. This is often the first step toward developing a more concrete program. OSU uses a standard template (PDF) for LOCs. Any language deviating from the template, including LOCs originating with the partner, must be reviewed by Contract Services.

If you are ready to initiate a Letter of Collaboration, please ask for a Letter of Collaboration Request Form. You will receive an email containing a link to the on-line LOC Request. Review the instructions carefully, and provide as much information as possible. Our office will work with you to ensure you provide everything we need to generate your LOC. Once you submit the completed request form, we are typically able to prepare your document within 10 business days.

Education Abroad Programs can take the following forms:

  • Student Exchange Programs involve a two-way exchange of students, with a commitment of resources on the part of both OSU and the collaborating institution. A Student Exchange Agreement guides the administration of a student exchange program with an international partner university.
  • Study Abroad Programs send OSU students abroad for academic coursework. These programs may be offered by the international institution or through a third party provider.
  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs are international academic opportunities developed and implemented by OSU faculty.

Please contact the the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) for more information about initiating an Education Abroad program.

If you are interested in creating an international agreement that does not fit into the categories above, or still have questions, email [email protected], or call (541) 737-1503.

OSU's International Agreements

We have upgraded our agreement search. Our Agreements Coordinator is happy to provide specifics regarding international agreements.