Butler Library

International Research/Export Control

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Columbia University supports and encourages international research and service. The University is committed to helping researchers address and manage the special requirements and risks involved in international projects. Such projects may be regulated by a variety of United States government agencies, such as the Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury, as well as by funding agencies. In addition, researchers working abroad may need to comply with local regulatory requirements. Managing these requirements may add unexpected costs to the project and may take specialized knowledge.

One heavily regulated area that can give rise to significant issues is export control. Export control regulations control the conditions under which certain technology, commodities and software can be transmitted overseas to individuals, including U.S. citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil.  Important information regarding export control compliance, including information pertaining to visa issues, can be found in the Export Control section

Before traveling outside the United States with laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and other electronic devices, University faculty, students and staff should review the Export Controls for CU International Travelers webpage

The links below can help you navigate through some key topics and questions that can arise when undertaking international research.  In addition, a PowerPoint presentation on International Research and Export Controls can be found here.