International activities for even just a few weeks can trigger tax, regulatory, and other operational requirements that can have a significant impact on both individuals and the University. Conditions vary by location and situation.

While all international activities require at least a quick assessment to ensure appropriate support and attention both from New York and the host country, longer-term projects will require a higher level of planning and operational support.

The International Activity Planning Tool is one planning resource.

Additionally, specific guidance for developing a budget for an international operation can be found within the Funding Planning and Budget page of the Managing Financial Needs section.

Columbia departments might first consider partnering with each other when working in the same international locations. In cases where Columbia has limited experience or no presence in a particular country, it might be possible to explore collaboration with other institutions. The International administrative Working Group is one resource to assist in planning and to ensure appropriate review and approvals within the University.

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