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FAQ for Academic Visitors

Why is an official invitation necessary?

It is important that all of Concordia’s international visiting scholars be known to the Office of Concordia International. This offers higher visibility, invitations to meet with groups interested in discussing further collaboration with the visitors’ institutions, invitations to receptions and other events to showcase the activities of visitors and their Concordia colleagues. The letter also facilitates the rapid processing of visa applications and allows the visitor to have temporary faculty privileges for library, internet, and other university facilities.

How long does it take to receive a letter of invitation?

Once a host unit is identified, the approval process generally takes no more than two weeks. If a visa is necessary for travel to Canada, please include this letter in the application through the nearest Canadian High Commission or Consular Office.

Are Academic Visitors paid?

Not under normal circumstances. Occasionally, a research grant or other funding will offset some costs, and a few visitors are offered an honorarium for public lectures, performances, or other activities. In these cases, the circumstances are outlined in the letter of invitation. Many visiting scholars have funding from their home institution or funding agencies.

What is the difference between an Academic Visitor and a postdoctoral fellow?

Postdoctoral researchers are considered trainees and are closely associated with a research group, laboratory, or professor. They receive funding, and are eligible to work as research assistants or teaching assistants. For more information and application forms, please visit the Postdoctoral section

Can I teach as an Academic Visitor for a full semester or a year?

Visiting Professors are hired to teach courses in their area of expertise. These positions are posted well in advance of the academic year, or are proposed by a potential visitor. Please contact the appropriate Department, Faculty, or the Associate Vice-President, International. Appointments are made by the Office of the Provost.

Concordia faculty members

Concordia faculty can find information on how to invite a visiting scholar on Cspace (login required). 

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