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Global Engagement

International Visiting Students

Visiting Students pursue activities of an educational or academic nature, often to further their undergraduate or graduate studies.


For international visitors, it can take six months—sometimes longer—to formally complete the Global Visitor Program. Because of the multiple Rochester 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, 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.

For questions, please contact


How can I come to Rochester as a visiting student?

Throughout the Global Visitor Program, you must complete a series of forms in order to prepare the paperwork for your arrival, including immigration documents if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Complete all the steps in the checklist below.

Questions or concerns? Contact us at or +1 585-273-1665.


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