Not necessarily - not all international activities require a formal agreement. For example, individual research projects do not normally require a formal agreement if there are no financial implications or other university resources involved. Many UAlberta collaborations work well without a formal agreement in place.
There are times when a formal agreement is required, such as when:
- the partnership commits UAlberta to financial obligations
- the partnership impacts UAlberta’s academic standards and programs, such as student mobility programs that involve for-credit courses/research
Agreements are required for:
- Student mobility programs including exchanges, international field experience, practicum, co-op or internship placements
- Programs for joint-funding of students sponsored by a foreign government or company
- Articulation and transfer credit agreements
- Joint and double degree programs
- Non-academic/non-degree professional development programs delivered at UAlberta or by UAlberta abroad
- Programs, including for faculty mobility, that involve commitment of resources
- Commitments with funding agencies for international activities
- Commitments to participate in consortia on international projects.
- If a collaboration is purely research-related, the Research Services Office is responsible for reviewing and vetting the proposal.
If you are unsure whether your initiative requires an agreement, please contact the relevant UAI regional contact.
All international agreements that are not research-specific must be approved and signed by the Provost and Vice-President Academic, on behalf of UAlberta’s Board of Governors, as per the Contract Review and Signing Authority Policy (Schedule A).
If a collaboration is purely research-related, then the Research Services Office is responsible for reviewing and vetting the proposal.