International Visiting Scholars

The Humphrey School recognizes the importance of welcoming scholars from around the world who enrich our community and enhance our ability to create change in our communities, the nation, and the world. Each year the School hosts a limited number of visiting scholars. A match of research interests between visiting scholars and Humphrey faculty contributes to the richness of the experience for visiting scholars and provides valuable contributions to our community. Visiting scholars do not hold academic appointments.

International Visiting Scholars

Yuanchao hu

China

Yuanchao Hu headshotHumphrey School Visiting International Scholar Yuanchao Hu joined Prof. Anu Ramaswami’s research group in March 2017.  He studies the environmental impact of food systems with Humphrey focusing on the environmental impact of food consumption sites on production sites by considering water, GHG and nutrients in China. 

Yuanchao Hu is a Ph.D. student from the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, based in Xiamen, China, and working under the supervision of Prof Shenghui Cui. He received his Bachelor degree from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, majoring in urban and rural planning and environment and resource management. His research interest lies in sustainable food systems, sustainable urbanization, climate change and system thinking. The techniques may include input-output analysis, life-cycle analysis, material flow analysis and other useful, developing methods

Qingyuan Zhang

China

Qingyuan Zhang headshot

Qingyuan Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics, Xiamen University, and his major is Public Finance. He is interested in the china’s urbanization and the regulation of real estate market. Specifically, his research plan focuses on the real estate pricing forming mechanism and the effects of regulatory policy and he plans to finish it by July 2018.

Qingyuan Zhang is working at the Humphrey School as a visiting scholar from July 2017 to October 2017 and his faculty mentor is Professor Jerry Zhao.

Yu du

China

Yu Du in front of poster presentationYu Du is interested in the mesoscale research, a combination of urban planning and architecture, aiming to make cities better through studying the relationship between built environment and behavior. Her Ph.D. project focuses on the subway station space optimization, especially in cold regions. She is planning on finishing her dissertation by December 2018.Yu Du is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture Design and Theory at the School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology in China. She has an education background in urban planning from Northeastern University before starting her Ph.D.

Xian Ji

China

Xian Ji in front of polka dot balloons The Humphrey School is pleased to welcome Mr. Xian Ji, a visiting scholar from Harbin Institute of Technology researching residential satisfaction assessment.  Xian Ji is a Ph.D. candidate in Landscape Architecture at School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, Heilongjiang Province in China.

Xian Ji’s research topic is conservation and renewal of urban historical district basing on environmental satisfaction assessment. In the context of building up livable cities, his Ph.D. project tries to apply the theory and method of satisfaction evaluation in heritage conservation and renewal field as the link between physical environment and subject well-being, in order to solve the contradiction between urban heritage protection and re-development. 

Xian will be in residence at the Humphrey School from August 2017 to July 2018 and his faculty mentor is Prof. Jason Cao.

Visiting Scholar Benefits

  • May visit the Humphrey School for up to one year
  • Will have a courtesy designation that does not signify a formal association (e.g., visiting scholars may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants/contracts, and should not represent themselves in their publications and correspondence as having a University affiliation)
  • Have access to reading and borrowing privileges in the University of Minnesota libraries
  • Have access to computer labs and may purchase copying privileges
  • Use the services of the ISSS or International Scholar and Student Services Office (this may incur some additional administrative fees)
  • Are assigned a shared cubicle work space
  • Use the University recreational facilities upon payment of a fee

Note: Budget and staffing limitations prevent access to the following services: long distance telephone calls and secretarial or graduate student assistance. Personal assistance in locating housing or placing children in area schools may be provided by the scholar’s host faculty member or other Humphrey staff, depending on staff availability at the time of arrival. Tuition rules apply to all courses, including those audited. Course information is available here.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Visiting Scholars must be fully funded with resources outside the University of Minnesota and must assume financial responsibility for visa administrative fees of the University ISSS and responsibility for arranging their own financial support and benefits (including health insurance for visitor and any accompanying family members) for the duration of the stay. U.S. government regulations mandate that J-1 Exchange Visitors have adequate financial resources to meet all expenses related to their J-1 program (monthly minimum is $1,300 for 2016-17).
  • Scholars must fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement for J-1 Exchange Visitors.  
  • All visiting scholars and their dependents are required to enroll in the Student Health Benefit Plan unless they are covered by another U.S.-based, employer sponsored health plan. In academic year 2016-2017 the monthly cost for a single scholar is about $200 per month, $184 per month for a spouse or $583 per month for a family.
  • Scholars must be hosted by a Humphrey School faculty member who provides guidance on the research project.
  • Scholars must have obtained a leave from the home institution.
  • Prospective scholars must apply by April 1 for the following fall semester arrival and August 1 for the following spring semester arrival to ensure enough time for DS-2019 and visa processing.
  • Visiting scholars must limit stay to a maximum of one year or within the limits of their visa.
  • They or their sponsor will cover the overhead costs of hosting ($6,500 for a 12-month period as of 2016-2017 academic year)

Before Arrival

For questions about visas and appropriate procedures, contact ISSS (email: isss@umn.edu). Humphrey School faculty and staff cannot provide this type of information. The website has valuable information about completing appropriate forms, frequently asked questions, and administrative costs. Visiting scholars from abroad may want to make contact with organizations of their country in the Minnesota area. The International Institute in Minnesota provides an online Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory (select "Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory,” then "Search the Data base,” then scroll to "Ethnicity" and select the applicable ethnicity from the list).

Arrival & Reporting

The Humphrey School host faculty member or a designee may meet the arriving visiting scholar at the airport or other local point of arrival, but please confirm this in advance. The international visiting scholar must report to the ISSS immediately upon arrival for processing of documents. The ISSS is located in 190 Humphrey School building on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota.

Housing

After visiting the ISSS office, international visiting scholars should go immediately to the housing office to begin their housing search, if they have not already secured housing before arrival. There is no on-campus housing for visiting scholars; off-campus housing is best secured several weeks in advance of the beginning of classes each semester. The Housing Office provides lists of available apartments. At times, the International Fellowship Programs office at the Humphrey School may have below-market-rate apartments available. Contact Ms. Nkayo Drepaul to inquire.

Humphrey School Paperwork

Paperwork needs to be completed at the Humphrey School Human Resources office in order to gain access to the University computer system and to obtain a University Identification Card (necessary for library use, access to computer system, etc.). Visiting scholars should contact Michele Chilinski in 307D Humphrey School (chili0032@umn.edu or 612-626-6554) to complete the paperwork.  Scholars should prepare as much of this paperwork as possible before arriving in Minnesota.

The processing of ISSS documents prior to the international visitor's arrival involves administrative fees charged to the Humphrey School. Visiting international scholars may be expected to refund the HHH for those fees upon arrival. The ISSS fee is $295 and the SEVIS fee (paid directly to US Department of Homeland Security) is $180.  The US Department of State will also require $140 visa application fee (please note fees can change).

Short Visit

If the scholar will be staying less than a month, there is not adequate time to obtain a University Identification Card. Instead, obtain a letter from the School that will provide access to the libraries, computer labs, etc. To obtain access to e-mail, the visiting scholar must complete a "Departmentally Sponsored E-Mail Account," for which the scholar reimburses the School. Contact the front desk on the first floor of the Humphrey School hours between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular semester.

Mailbox, fax, telephone, computer, professional cards

Individual mail boxes are assigned to visiting scholars in the Humphrey School. The mailboxes are located near the front desk on the first floor or near the photocopy room on the second floor. Fax is available at the first floor copy machine. Instructions for sending a fax are posted above the machine.

The Humphrey School does not provide telephones or computers for visiting scholars. Copying and printing downloaded information may be done in the libraries using a copy card that can be purchased at the libraries. Limited copies may be made on the HHH machines.

Visiting scholars may obtain access to University public computer labs. More info here.

Visiting scholars are responsible for purchasing the materials and supplies needed while at the University. Supplies can be purchased in the University bookstore located in the basement of Coffman Memorial Union on the UMN East Bank.

If professional cards are desired, visiting scholars may purchase them through the University Printing Services or commercial duplication businesses in the area. Any affiliation with the University should indicate "Visiting Scholar."

Lounge areas

Scholars are invited to share tea and coffee and use the refrigerator, microwave, and toaster in the first and second floor copy rooms and second and third floor kitchens. There is also an international visitors’ lounge in HHH 125 (behind the coat room, off the HHH Atrium) where you will find computers and a printer/copier, refrigerator, tea and coffee supplies, microwave. You are welcome to use this lounge at any time. Please contact the front desk for the door code.

Bicycle loan

The Twin Cities are well suited for bicycling and there are many dedicated paths and routes around the region. A bicycle with lock, light, and helmet is available for scholars in HHH 125. Please write your name on the board so others will know who has borrowed the bike. Additional bikes may be available for loan from Dr. Sherry Gray in HHH 232. During the season April through October, you may be able to borrow a Nice Ride bike key from the HHH front desk. Please review Minnesota bicycle safety information and regulations.

Security

Please do not leave valuable objects in view and always lock valuables in file drawers or cabinets, even if stepping away for only a few minutes. The UMN has an experienced set of cell phone/backpack/laptop thieves who blend in well with the university community and “make a living” picking up unattended items from UMN offices, restrooms, study areas, and classrooms. Please do not allow another person to enter with you through a locked door unless you know the person and his/her association with the Humphrey School. Please keep your home and apartment doors locked.

Intellectual property

Visiting scholars will be expected to sign an intellectual property agreement that recognizes the University of Minnesota's right to ownership of research work completed in collaboration with University faculty.

Maps

Campus maps and directions to campus locations can be obtained on here.

International Fellows and Scholars Program

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