Visiting Scholar Step-by-Step Guide

  1. The sponsoring department/college will identify a prospective visiting scholar and have either done an over the phone or Skype conversation to determine that English proficiency is high enough to be able to conduct business and research at the university.
  2. The sponsoring department/college will contact the University's English Language Institute office.
  3. The Office of English Language Institute will provide a request for DS-2019 application to the sponsoring department/college.
  4. The sponsoring department/college will assist visiting scholar in completing the DS-2019 application and return it along with the sponsor invitation letter.
  5. The Office of English Language Institute will send, by campus mail, a copy of the documents for both the department and visiting scholar.
  6. Once the visiting scholar has received the necessary documents, then, the scholar will need to make a visa appointment at the nearest U.S. Consulate.
  7. When arriving on MSU campus, the visiting scholar will go to the Office of English Language Institute within 20 days with all immigration documents.