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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 community by bringing additional perspectives to Rochester’s research and academic endeavors and help strengthen ties between the University and our partner institutions 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)

Managed by Global Engagement’s Center for Education Abroad, the GVP program streamlines the onboarding process for international and domestic visitors. We facilitate communication among all stakeholders and internal offices to ensure the visitor has the appropriate support and resources available throughout their stay (see below). Regardless of the originating program, all faculty should connect with the Center for Education Abroad when interested in hosting visiting students. We’re so much more than study abroad! For questions on the process, please contact

Visitor Resources

Global Engagement’s Center for Education Abroad coordinates 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. Global Engagement’s International Services Office (ISO) continues to partner on essential visa-related services for those visitors requiring Rochester’s visa sponsorship.