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Opportunities for Visiting Study or Scholarship

The University of Rochester welcomes a growing number of international visitors each year, for purposes of collaboration, study, research, sharing of knowledge or skills, and similar short-term activities. These visits tend to be unique in their scope and purpose, and visitors come from a diversity of backgrounds and countries and at various stages of their studies or careers.

Because of these varying circumstances, nonimmigrant visa options to support each visit also vary. F-1 or J-1 visa categories are appropriate for most visitors, due to the nature of the visitor's program or activities at UR and how those activities fit into the visitor's academic or professional career. Whenever possible and appropriate, the ISO sponsors visiting students in the F-1 category instead of J-1. Federal regulations allow for incidental study in the B-2 Visitor or Visa Waiver Program categories in certain circumstances.

Processes for hosting visitors or coming to UR as a visitor vary. School and department policies for visiting students and scholars apply, in addition to immigration regulations.

  • Global Visitor Process: The ISO provides immigration advising and support for the Office for Global Engagement's Global Visitor Process (GVP). The GVP facilitates onboarding and supports visiting students and scholars in all UR divisions. Global Engagement maintains GVP information, application links, and instructions.

  • Other Visitors: The ISO provides immigration advising and any required processing for non-GVP visitors as well. These include participants in Summer at Eastman and Pre-College programs and certain other short-term visits. Contact program staff for questions regarding program applications and eligibility.

For questions, contact ISO's Visiting Student and Scholar Advisor: visiting@iso.rochester.edu.