Building new partnerships and collaborations
The University of Ottawa’s International Office liaises with the University community as well as with current and potential partners to develop and foster international collaborations. Our experienced team can advise you on the best forms of collaboration and suitable partner institutions, so that collaborations support the goals of the academic unit and the institution. We also advise on developing, managing and renewing international agreements.
Do you need an agreement?
Not all international activities require a formal agreement. Research collaborations normally do not unless, for example, there are financial implications or a commitment to share resources. Researchers can often work together without an agreement. A formal agreement is not required when developing a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative. Our professors can work directly with counterparts at external universities to develop such projects. Our team can also assist you in the development of such projects.
However, some collaborations do require a formal agreement, such as when there are financial implications or the collaboration concerns academic standards or for-credit activities. The following forms of collaboration require an agreement:
- Student mobility programs, including academic exchanges
- Programs for joint funding of students sponsored by a government or third-party
- Articulation and transfer credit agreements
- Joint and double degree programs
- Non-academic or non-degree professional development programs delivered at uOttawa
- Programs that involve commitment of resources, including faculty mobility opportunities
- Commitments involving funding agencies
- Commitments to participate in consortia on international projects
Note : The International Office manages international collaborations that involve the University at large and are not strictly research-focused. Two uOttawa services manage international research collaborations: Researcher-to-researcher collaborations are supported by the Office of International Research, while initiatives that focus on student mobility for research purposes are handled by the Centre for Research Opportunities. For collaborations involving international community engagement placements (internships), please contact the Community Service Learning program (CSL) team.
If you are unsure whether your initiative requires an agreement, email us
Developing an international collaboration
Developing a formal international collaboration doesn’t begin and end with signing an agreement. Please click on the tabs below to view the steps involved in the partnership life cycle.
The agreement process can take from a few weeks to several months. Contact us well in advance of any critical dates to ensure enough time for us to evaluate your request and for all parties to prepare documentation. Due to the volume of requests and approval process involved, we cannot accommodate rush requests for reasons including but not limited to incoming or outgoing visits, conference attendance, or last-minute requests.