About Us

Fostering international engagement for a global university

The Office of International Partnerships, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, facilitates Indiana University’s engagement with leading institutions of higher education, organizations, and governments around the world. These partnerships strengthen and expand international opportunities for students and faculty on all eight Indiana University campuses.

The Bicentennial Strategic Plan underscores the importance of partnerships to further elevate Indiana University’s standing as a global university. Since World War II, the university has fostered collaborations that are mutually beneficial for both Indiana University and its partners. These partnerships have played a significant role in the internationalization of the academic enterprise, today recognized as a differentiating characteristic of Indiana University.

As the World Map of Activities illustrates, the university’s active partnerships across nearly every major world region connect students and faculty to opportunities that enhance learning, teaching, research, outreach, and professional development.

Purpose of international partnerships

The Office of International Partnerships works closely with IU faculty and staff at all stages of partnership development and management, including:

  • Providing guidance on the development of international partnerships and agreements with overseas institutions, including those that involve cross-border activities.
  • Helping to identify the best possible partners for each school’s international endeavors through our Global Gateway offices and our existing network of contacts.
  • Assisting with the review and approval process of agreements with overseas institutions, functioning as a liaison between multiple administrative offices to ensure that all policies, regulations, and laws are followed and risks minimized.

IU has institutional partnerships on every continent and in nearly every part of the world. Such relationships are vitally important to our research and education missions.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie