Global partnerships

UVic has active partnership agreements with over 200 post-secondary institutions located worldwide. These partnerships enable students, staff and faculty to collaborate internationally and travel abroad for study, co-op, service learning, professional development and research opportunities.

Check UVic's current partnerships by viewing our interactive partnership overview

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Creating or renewing international agreements

Faculty and staff members may submit proposals for new international partnerships which may focus on students, staff, and faculty exchanges; student recruitment; co-operative education; double/dual degrees and other collaborations.

Proposals must use an approved form available from the and meet the following requirements:

  • Have documented support from a UVic department or school, as well as a faculty,
  • Align with the university's strategic and international plans, and
  • Ideally, involve units from across campus.

Completed proposals are submitted to the  prior to signing by the office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost. 

Global Engagement staff negotiate formal agreements upon receipt of a proposal, and monitor the effectiveness of all international agreements on behalf of UVic.

The following types of agreements are managed and coordinated by OGE:

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

A non-binding expression of intent to collaborate. An MOU is used when the University as a whole is seeking the collaboration.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

A non-binding expression of intent to collaborate. An LOI is used when a specific unit or faculty is seeking the collaboration.

Student Mobility Agreement (exchange, study abroad, field school, co-op/etc placements)

A binding agreement that sets out of the terms of engagement to send and receive students to complete a learning experience (includes exchange, study abroad, field school, co-op, research and practicum placements)

2 + 2 Agreement (or other combination)

A binding agreement that sets out the terms of collaboration for receiving fee-paying students as transfer students into third (or another) year to complete a UVic undergraduate degree. 

Joint/Dual Degree Agreement

A binding agreement that sets out the terms of collaboration for collaborating with another institution in the delivery of a joint or a dual degree.

Study Abroad Agreement

A binding agreement that sets out of the terms of engagement to send OR receive students to complete a learning experience. These agreements are used to formalize unidirectional student mobility arrangements (typically fee-paying).

Proposal applications for international agreements are available from the Office of Global Engagement and must have the signature of the department chair and dean to be considered complete. 

More information

Contact the , which maintains all international agreements on behalf of UVic.