Visitors

Please note: It is important that all visitors on campus hold an official appointment at UBC when the visit is for an extended time period.

In order to make a visiting appointment, please review our documentation checklist.


Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor and Visiting Lecturer

These appointments are made only when appointees hold continuing appointments or have emeritus status at other universities or institutions to which they expect to return. Visitors’ appointments will normally be listed by the rank, which they hold in the home institutions, or by an appropriate equivalent rank, preceded by the word “visiting”. These positions are normally held for a maximum of 2 years. For more information, please review  Policy 42.

If the appointee is a not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, please refer to the Invitation page and the step by step process for visitors also found on our website.

Please refer to the appointment checklist for visitors for the list of documents that must be submitted to Faculty Relations.

These appointees are not eligible for pension and benefits. Visitors are encouraged to make private arrangements for benefit plans and insurance coverage.
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Visiting Scholar

Individuals who are visiting students fall under the Visiting International Research Student (VIRS) category handle by UBC Student Services.

Self-funded researchers who are not students and do not hold an academic rank at another institution may hold a Visiting Scholar appointment at UBC.  The researcher should be provided with a letter of invitation (use the Visitor-unpaid template on the Offer Letter Templates page), which they will need to present to the immigration officials when requesting entry into Canada.

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Visiting Scientist

Visiting Scientists are usually researchers who do not hold an academic appointment elsewhere but are currently employed in a non-academic position, who are coming to work in our labs temporarily. It is expected that such appointees will return to their positions. These positions are normally held for a maximum of 2 years.

These positions can be paid or unpaid.

Please refer to the appointment checklist for visitors for the list of documents that must be submitted to Faculty Relations.

If the visitor is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, please refer to the Invitation page and the step by step process for visitors also found on our website.

These appointees are not eligible for pension and benefits. Visitors are encouraged to make private arrangements for benefit plans and insurance coverage.
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