Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting Graduate Students are graduate students at another recognized institution who come to Memorial University of Newfoundland to conduct research under the supervision of a Memorial University faculty member. To become eligible to register, a Visiting Graduate Student must submit an Application for admission form accompanied by: 1) a letter from their home institution verifying graduate student status, and 2) a letter from the host faculty member confirming the duration of the visit. The appropriate academic unit at Memorial will send all three documents along with a completed Program of Study form to the School of Graduate Studies. The student will then be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies to a "non-degree" program. All Visiting Graduate Students are required to register for GRAD 9900 through a Course Change form upon arrival, and for every semester they are at Memorial.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) considers paid and unpaid research placements as work. Visiting Graduate Students who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada need authorization to work in Canada and may be required to obtain a work permit to engage in research activities at Memorial. Visiting Graduate Students are required to contact the nearest Canadian visa office in their area to determine the required permits and/or visa which must be obtained to enrol at Memorial University. For further information visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website at 

If you have been accepted as a Visiting Graduate Student and require a work permit, please contact the Internationalization Office by emailing



Visiting Graduate Students are exempt from paying graduate tuition fees. If a Visiting Graduate 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 considered Visiting Graduate 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 Graduate 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, Visiting Graduate Students will be charged foreign health insurance or Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) health insurance. To opt out of health insurance, Visiting Graduate Students must either visit the GSU or the Internationalization Office as soon they register for GRAD 9900. 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), please contact the Cashier’s Office.




School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000