Prospective Visitors

The Psychology department hosts visitors for the purpose of participating in collaborative research, under faculty supervision, for up to one year. It is important that visitors register with Human Resources in advance of traveling.

Visiting Scholars are required to have a doctoral degree, and are typically on leave from their home university while visiting UCSD. If you are interested in a Visiting Scholar appointment, please email the faculty member you are interested in collaborating with. Once you have received their endorsement email Human Resources to begin the appointment process. Visiting Scholar appointments should be processed minimally 4 months in advance of arrival.

Visiting Graduate Students must be enrolled as a pre-doctoral graduate student at a university outside of the University of California system. If you are interested in a Visiting Graduate Student appointment, please email the faculty member you are interested in collaborating with. Once you have received their endorsement email Human Resources to begin the appointment process. Visiting Graduate appointments should be processed minimally 4 months in advance of arrival. Please note there is $100 Visiting Graduate Student processing fee.

Staff Volunteer appointments can be processed for visitors who do not meet the above qualifications for Visiting Scholar or Visiting Graduate Student titles. It is important that Volunteers in the Psychology Department register with the Human Resources, so they are covered under University workers compensation benefits and for the purposes of gathering emergency contact information. Please contact Human Resources, minimally two weeks in advance of beginning your Volunteer appointment to complete a Volunteer application.

Once a visitor has planned their travel dates, they should schedule a meeting with Human Resources for the week of their arrival. At this meeting they will obtain more information on parking permits, bus transportation, library privileges, and campus ID cards. In order to obtain these resources, you must have an approved appointment.

Visas

Human Resources can help you process the correct visa application after you have an approved appointment. If you are traveling to collaborate with a UCSD faculty, you should travel under J-1 classification. There is a $425 UCSD processing fee for J-1 visas which must be recharged to an established UCSD index. Please discuss with your faculty sponsor if they will ask for you to reimburse this cost.

If you plan to travel for the purpose of consultation, conferences, invited presentation, or independent research, for less than 90 days, you may be eligible to apply for an ESTA visa waiver. If your home country participates in this program, it is important that you obtain a WB (waiver business) stamp at US Immigration. As a reminder, if you will be here in collaboration with a faculty, you should be traveling under J-1 classification.

It is not appropriate to visit the Psychology department with a WT (waiver tourism) designation.

Regardless of visa status, international visitors to UCSD are asked to check in with the International Scholars Office on campus. Please review the information on the UCSD International Scholars Office (ISO) website if you are considering traveling to UCSD.