Planning for medium-term projects and activities (usually between 6 and 12 months) outside the U.S. generally involves:
→ A higher degree of due diligence required regarding potential collaborators and the legal and political environment;
→ Collaboration agreements with overseas institutions -- often leading to navigating between different policies, cultures, and legal regimes; and
→ Infrastructure support in the host country to handle local payroll, banking, and other financial needs.
Columbia faculty and staff usually remain employed by the University during medium-term projects. There may be a risk of personal and corporate income tax liability, requiring close review of local regulations as well as international tax treaties.
Medium-term projects and activities nearly always require assistance and guidance from central administration resources.