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Global Engagement

Visiting Students, Collaborators, and Researchers

Every year, the University accommodates hundreds of visiting students and other research collaborators from the U.S. and all over the world.

Visitors enrich our campus community by bringing additional perspectives to Rochester’s research and academic endeavors and help strengthen ties between the University and its partner institutions nationally and worldwide.

The relationship an individual maintains with the University and the purpose of the visit is initially evaluated by the Office for Global Engagement to determine whether the visitor will be enrolled as a non-matriculated student or appointed in one of the schools in one of several visiting categories (i.e. faculty, post-doc, etc.).

  • Visiting students come to pursue activities of an educational or academic nature, often to further their undergraduate or graduate studies at their home institution. These individuals primarily benefit from learning new skills and techniques under direct supervision or mentorship. While at Rochester, they are registered as full-time, non-matriculated students and are eligible for standard UR support services. Global Engagement will facilitate the enrollment and onboarding process with the schools.
  • Visiting researchers, including post-docs or faculty, are frequently professors, researchers, or scientists with formal appointments elsewhere, who visit and collaborate with faculty members, researchers, and scientists at Rochester. Each school within the University of Rochester has specific appointment procedures for visiting faculty and post-docs, and Global Engagement will refer these cases appropriately.

Global Visitor Program (GVP)

The Office for Global Engagement established the Global Visitor Program (GVP) to streamline the onboarding process for international and domestic visitors. We facilitate communication between the hosting department, visitor, ISO, and other Rochester offices to ensure the visitor has the appropriate support and resources available while at Rochester.

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and in keeping with our institutional efforts to reduce risk, the University will continue to be closed to guests and visitors until further notice.

The specific language can be found on our COVID-19 site here.

The University will continue to be closed to guests and visitors until further notice. While we pride ourselves on having an open campus, the benefits of social distancing are best realized when outside in-person contact is limited. Those who are deemed essential to operations and research activities may be permitted to visit campus with prior approval from departmental or divisional leadership. Hosting departments should contact to initiate onboarding discussions. It’s important to note the logistical matters that still remain in place which include travel restrictions, the need for visitors to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, and continued strict adherence to campus safety protocols.

Just as we pride ourselves on having an open campus, we wish to be welcoming as well, and we acknowledge the important contributions visitors make to our own faculty’s research and scholarship. Nevertheless, by putting a pause on these requests, we can create a meaningful buffer that will complement our other social distancing efforts.

We understand that this may be disappointing, and we want to reiterate that our enthusiasm for collaboration and scholarship remains. However, at this time, we must follow the prescribed limitations. We look forward to helping to facilitate collaboration and visiting opportunities in the future.

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