Visiting researchers

The following resources will help guide you when planning to host a visitor (faculty, researcher or non-WashU student) from outside the U.S. who will be engaged in research activities on campus.

In preparation for hosting an international visitor that requires a U.S. visa, note that these requests should go through the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at least 3-4 months prior to the proposed start date to account for visa processing timelines, unless circumstances warrant a longer lead-time (e.g. students from comprehensively embargoed countries). More information is available on the OISS website: Scholar Visas.

If any foreign individuals will receive direct payments from WashU, including honoraria or expense reimbursements, please see Foreign Payees. Note also that many visa statuses prohibit the holder from receiving payments. It is important to understand the rules before promising payment to guests.

Short-term visitors

A non-appointee is an individual who is granted access to WashU to use or observe laboratory or clinical facilities and equipment or other specialized resources, and is not employed by, contracted with or affiliated with its colleges or medical school as a student, staff or appointed faculty member.  Human Resources provides guidance on the Non-Appointee Student, Visitor/Observer Process.

International Distinguished Visiting Scholar nominations open

In 2023-24, the Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program is expanding its support to make it easier for top international scholars to visit WashU for short periods of time, typically up to nine days. Prospective candidates can hold any nationality. Nominations for visitors from low- and middle-income countries are especially encouraged. This opportunity is supported by the university’s ‘Here & Next’ strategic plan and the Global Research Scholars Network.

Learn more about visiting WashU