Visiting Scholars

Certain persons who are not entitled to appointments as officers of instruction or research but who wish to use the facilities of the University to pursue their own research may be named visiting scholar. This status is conferred by the Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office, on behalf of the Provost, on the recommendation of the dean, director, or department chair in whose academic discipline the proposed visiting scholar has an interest.

The title of visiting scholar is generally reserved for persons in one of the following categories:

  • Scholars from American universities and colleges outside the New York metropolitan area who are on leave from their home institutions and who are not teaching at the University or participating in a research project sponsored by it
  • Graduate students from other American universities and colleges
  • Members of research laboratories or institutions; staff and students of foreign academies and universities
  • Officials and former officials of government or non-government organizations, such as the United Nations, and their affiliates
  • Practicing professional and creative artists
  • Such other persons as will contribute to the intellectual activity of the University, as approved by the Associate Provost on the request of the school, department, institute, or center

Visiting Scholars FAQs

Library Borrowing Privileges – Visiting Scholars may register with the Library Information Office for Reading Privileges without charge. The fee for Borrowing Privileges is $30 per month. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures does NOT pay for borrowing privileges for Visiting Scholars.
Visa Information – The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures works with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to secure J-1 visitors for eligible scholars. Information on how to obtain your J-1 Visa can be found here.

Applying to Become a Visiting Scholar

To apply for visiting scholar status in EALAC you must have the following:

  1. Letter of support from faculty member who is willing to be your sponsor
  2. Cover letter describing the activities you wish to engage in while at Columbia and the exact time span and visa requirements and how you will contribute to the academic community
  3. CV in English

Send these three to the Academic Coordinator. Due to the large number of applications, only a limited number can be admitted. Preference will be given to scholars who are on sabbatical, are already teaching full-time at an institution of higher learning, or have received post-doctoral fellowships.

The application must be made at least three months in advance of the starting date.

 EALAC Visiting Scholars

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Field of Study


Goki Yomota Graduate University of Art of Kyoto Japanese Film & Culture 1/12/15 4/11/15
Kitamura Yuika Kobe University Japanese Literature & Manga 8/1/14 4/1/15
Li Chunying China University of Political Science & Law Chinese Philosophy 3/31/15 3/31/16