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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.
  • 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 Global Visitor Program (GVP) was established 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. The Center for Education Abroad manages the process for onboarding visiting students. For questions on the process, please contact

Visitor Resources

The Office for Global Engagement in coordination with the Center for Education Abroad will coordinate logistics for onboarding visiting students, collaborators, and researchers. This includes managing communication about the application, intake, and registration processes as well as providing the visitor with information about key needs and services such as living arrangements in Rochester, transportation, and health insurance. The International Services Office (ISO) will continue to provide essential visa-related services to those visitors requiring Rochester’s visa sponsorship.