Hosting International Scholars at VCU
VCU faculty wishing to host an international scholar should email ISSP@vcu.edu for information about immigration, housing, etc. Faculty should obtain permission from their Dean before inviting an international scholar to campus.
A few things to keep in mind:
- The first step in getting the visa process started is to contact GEO Office of International Student and Scholar Programs (ISSP) by emailing ISSP@vcu.edu. ISSP staff will work with you and your scholar to determine the most appropriate visa category depending on the kind and duration of activity. Family members traveling with the scholar will also need visas. Visit immigration services for more information.
- The Global Education Office can often help arrange affordable and convenient housing on or near campus for visiting scholars. Please email ISSP@vcu.edu to set up a conversation about your scholars particular housing needs. Visit our section about housing for more information.
- International scholars must be covered by health insurance. Insurance needs of visiting international scholars will vary by visa type. ISSP can assist the visiting scholar in understanding the U.S. healthcare system and the insurance options available and in selecting appropriate coverage. Please email ISSP@vcu.edu for information.
- International scholars are subject to special rules about immunization and tuberculosis testing. Questions should be directed to an ISSP advisor.
- GEO provides international scholars with many opportunities to engage directly with the local community, allowing them to get to know American culture first hand. Engagement staff in ISSP assist scholars with everything from settling into life in Richmond and basic support services to volunteer opportunities and social activities. ISSP pairs scholars with community families and sponsors social events and travel opportunities. Details may be found in the Get Connected section of the GEO website, or by contacting any ISSP advisor.
- Many international scholars face cultural and linguistic challenges their faculty sponsors often question what, if any, accommodations are allowable in such situations. The answer is up to the faculty member’s and the department’s discretion, with respect to equity for all scholars and employees. ISSP can share information about common practices at VCU and other universities upon request.