Non-degree visiting students (NDVS) are advanced graduate students pursuing a graduate level degree at another academic institution, who are at the research or writing stage, and who temporarily work on their research project with a faculty member at the University of Chicago.
The BSD accepts both domestic and international NDVS. NDVS should identify particular faculty with whom to work whose research closely aligns with their own interests. You may browse our faculty profiles by clicking through the programs page and the faculty page.
Detailed information for prospective NDVS, including visa requirements, as well as information for current NDVS can be found on the Office of International Affairs Non-Degree Visiting Students page. Below are the costs for the 2023-24 academic year.
Tuition: $1,456 per quarter
Graduate student services fee: $415 for Summer Quarter; $466 per quarter for Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters
Insurance: $1,639 per quarter (may be waived with proof of comparable coverage)
Cost of living: $5,400 per quarter
Beginning Autumn Quarter 2021, NDVS must show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and abide by all current state, local and campus COVID-19 health requirements.
To be eligible for F1 and J1 visas, applicants must complete an English proficiency assessment, in accordance with U.S. State Department policies [22 CFR 62.10(a)(2)].
The International Summer Research Program is a special arrangement with Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology that allows undergraduates at these institutions to participate in lab research during the summer quarter.
You may find information about UChicago faculty with whom you may want to work here.
If you are a current student at any of the following 25 institutions (including CIC member institutions), you are probably already eligible to work with faculty or access resources at UChicago through reciprocal Academic Exchange Programs:
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of California-Berkeley
- University of Maryland
- University of Pennsylvania
- Yale University
- Indiana University
- Michigan State University
- Northwestern University
- Ohio State University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Purdue University
- Rutgers University
- University of Illinois-Chicago
- University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
- University of Iowa
- University of Michigan
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nebraska
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate students enrolled in the biomedical engineering program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) may also take courses and work with faculty in the computational neuroscience (CNS) program at UChicago through reciprocal agreement with IIT.
Students not affiliated with any of the above institutions must be sponsored by particular faculty to be NDVS. You may browse our faculty profiles and identify faculty whose research aligns with your interests by clicking through the programs page.
NB: NDVS must comply with all University rules and regulations and are subject to student disciplinary systems. This status is available for no more than 4 consecutive quarters, including the summer quarter. It may be extended by up to 4 consecutive quarters upon recommendation of the faculty sponsor and the area Dean of Students and with the approval of the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education. Please refer to the UChicago Student Manual for the latest and most complete description of the Non-Degree Visiting Student category.