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Visiting International Scholars Program

College of Architecture and Planning

The Visiting International Scholars Program provides residencies for emerging practitioners and/or teachers of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and related design professions to research innovative topics advancing the disciplines of the college while supporting their professional research careers.  In doing so, we aspire to establish a tradition of international scholarly exchange and academic collaboration.
The length of residencies may vary as deemed appropriate for a Scholar’s research proposal.  All Scholars are assigned a working space at the College.
Scholars introduce their research at the beginning of their term and conclude with a public lecture and/or exhibition.  Whenever feasible, Scholars will offer a research seminar and/or workshop and/or independent study for select students on a topic of their choice.  Scholars are encouraged to participate in studio reviews, attend lectures, provide workshops, give guest lectures in classes, and contribute in other ways.  Scholars are requested to prepare digital documentation of all their activities for posting online.  The goal is to integrate the scholars as vibrant contributors to the academic culture of the College as much as possible during their stay within the college.


All prospective Visiting Scholars, regardless of country of residence, must submit an application form and the requested supporting materials. Any inquiries are sent for initial review to the Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, who will then forward to the appropriate Departments.  

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To apply to the College of Architecture and Planning Visiting Scholars program please complete and submit the Visiting Scholar Application (link found above). When submitting an application please submit each document individually in a pdf version.


Applications will be reviewed two times a year. Applications will not be reviewed for scholars intending to begin during a summer term. The application process, from acceptance as a Visiting Scholar until arrival in the U.S., often takes at least three months and can take up to six months to complete due to visa regulations. Prospective scholars should plan their arrival accordingly.

  • Fall Scholars - Prospective visiting scholars who want to join the College of Architecture and Planning during the Fall term should submit their applications no later than April 1

  • Spring Scholars - Prospective visiting scholars who want to join the College of Architecture and Planning during the Spring term should submit their applications no later than August 1 of the previous year


There is currently not an application fee associated with the Visiting Scholar application process. Prospective scholars will be expected to cover acquired Visa processing fees. Non-U.S. citizens will be required to provide proof of funding should the College of Architecture and Planning not provide direct funding during the period of their desired affiliation.

Minimum funding requirements are as follows:
  • Minimum of $2,025 per month for scholar (estimated living expenses)
  • Plus an additional $500 per month for spouse and dependents
  • Federal regulations require that all J-1 participants and their dependents have adequate medical insurance coverage which provides: 
  • 1)  $50,000 of coverage per accident or illness, which may include a deductible of up to              $500 and up to 25% co-insurance provision; 
    $7,500 for repatriation of remains; and 
    $10,000 for emergency evacuation back to your country. Failure to maintain                          insurance coverage will result in termination of your J-1 status

Funding may come from the Scholar’s home institution or a fellowship awarded by the applicant’s home government or a recognized organization, or a scholar’s personal funds. A letter of support that details the amount of funding provided will be required


Proof of English language proficiency for all J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver will be required. Submission of IELTS/TOEFL Scores, verification from an academic institution or English language school, or a performed interview by a proficient English speaker will be required to prove language proficiency.

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