The Visiting Scholar Program was started at Western Oregon University to create a more diverse campus culture and to provide international scholars an opportunity to conduct research, study, teach, observe, share their skills, and participate in cross-cultural activities while in the United States. Research Scholars and Professors have an opportunity to interact in cross-cultural activities with Western’s students, faculty, staff, and community.

Often, the most valuable resource for Visiting Scholars is the faculty mentor or department head. Visiting Scholars will be paired with a faculty mentor in a designated department who will assist in clarifying the scholar’s learning plan and help set up attainable goals to reach during the period of research.

Visiting Scholars may use resources on the Western Oregon University campus such as the WOU library, computer rooms, laboratories, and facilities. Visiting Scholars may sit-in on academic classes to gain knowledge for their research topic.

There will be various opportunities throughout the year for scholars to meet with Western faculty and students. Scholars may meet with the Office of International Education and Development administrators to discuss opportunities of further cooperation between WOU and their home university.

To learn how you can apply for the Visiting Scholars Program at WOU, click here.



International Office

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