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Global Engagement

International Visiting Collaborators and Researchers

Visiting researchers, including post-docs, or faculty are frequently professors, researchers, or scientists with formal appointments elsewhere, who visit and collaborate with faculty members, researcher, 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.


For international visitors, it can take six months—sometimes longer—to formally complete the Global Visitor Program. Because of the multiple University and government offices involved, we recommend you begin the process as early as possible.

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and in keeping with our institutional efforts to reduce risk, we are suspending academic and research visitors for 6 months.

The specific language, which can be found on our COVID-19 site here, is as follows:

Processing of requests for academic and research visitors will be suspended for six months. 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.

For questions, please contact

How can I come to Rochester as a visiting collaborator or researcher?

To determine what process to follow, please review the below options:

If you have a faculty or postdoc appointment, the next step would be to contact the International Services Office (ISO) directly OR you may visit the ISO website.

The ISO team will work with the hosting faculty member and visitor for the on-boarding process.

Please contact the Office for Global Engagement at


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