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Visiting research students

Visiting Research Students are graduate students at other recognized institutions who come to Memorial University to conduct research under the supervision of a Memorial University faculty member.


To apply for admission as a Visiting Research Student, the form below must be completed and submitted to the appropriate academic unit accompanied by: 1) a letter from the home institution verifying graduate student status, and 2) a letter from a Memorial University faculty member confirming the duration of visit and commitment to supervise the student during that visit. Once an academic unit provides the School of Graduate Studies with the visiting student application form, the two letters plus a program of study form recommending admission, then a Visiting Research Student will be sent an admission letter by SGS confirming admission to a "non-degree" program.

Application (Visiting Research Student)


All Visiting Research Students are required to register for GRAD 9900 through a Course Change form upon arrival, and for every semester they are at Memorial. Visiting Research Students who require a study permit to enter and study in Canada must submit their study permit along with their completed Course Change form (which they may obtain through their departmental general office) to the School of Graduate Studies in order to register. Please ensure that you obtain a study permit if required. As Visiting Research Students are not considered to be employed, a work permit will not enable you to register at Memorial.


Visiting Research Students are exempt from paying graduate tuition fees. If a Visiting Research Student wishes to register for a course while at Memorial University, he/she must pay at the undergraduate per course rate as outlined in the University Calendar. A student enrolled in a graduate program at another university who wishes to complete courses at Memorial University to transfer back to their home institution are not Visiting Research Students. Such individuals should apply for admission to Memorial University as an undecided undergraduate student through the Office of the Registrar.

Registration in GRAD 9900 will provide Visiting Research Students with access to necessary University resources. It will also result in a charge for health insurance only for all such students. Depending on immigration status (i.e., study permit or permanent residency / Canadian citizenship), Visiting Research Students will be charged foreign health insurance or Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) health insurance.

If you are a Visiting Research Student in Canada on a study permit and eligible to opt out of foreign health insurance (please refer to the International Student Advising Office website for details on eligibility), you must visit the International Student Advising Office as soon as you register for GRAD 9900.

If you are a Visiting Research Student and also a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and eligible to opt out of GSU health insurance (contact the GSU for details on eligibility), you must visit the GSU General Office in Feild Hall as soon as you register for GRAD 9900.

If you are either a Canadian citizen / Permanent Resident or in Canada on a study permit and wish to opt into the GSU’s dental insurance plan, you may contact the GSU. To opt into the recreation fee plan (and gain access to the Field House facilities), contact the Cashier’s Office.