Visiting Student Application

Visiting Student Admissions Process


Application Requirements


Application Required
Application Fee $75 (Only for students taking courses.)
Transcript(s) May be waived(Required by the admissions office if intending to be on student payroll. Applicants should check with their department administrators.)
TOEFL / IELTS May be waived(Applicants should check with their department administrators.)
Letter of Invitation Required (For research only.)
Letter of Approval Required (For coursework only.)
Letters of Recommendation (2) May be waived(Applicants should check with their department administrators.)

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students

  • Fall Term: August 15
  • Spring Term: January 15
  • At least 3 weeks prior to the start date for anyone in Research Practicum.

International Students

  • Fall Term: May 1
  • Spring Term: October 1
  • At least 14 weeks prior to the start date for anyone in Research Practicum.

Application Policies

Accuracy is expected in all documents provided by applicants for visiting student status. Applicants must not make inaccurate statements or material omissions on their applications, nor submit any false materials related to or in connection with seeking admission. Violation of this requirement may result in the application being rejected. If a violation is discovered after an applicant has been admitted but prior to enrollment, admission may be rescinded. All applicants may also be subject to a background check. If a violation is discovered after a visiting student has registered, the case will be reviewed by the Dean of Research and Graduate Education for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs for the Whiting School of Engineering, who will determine what action is to be taken, up to and including dismissal from the University.

Applications and supporting documents for visiting student admissions to The Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering become the property of the University. The University does not return documents to applicants, nor does it forward documents to third parties. Applicants who anticipate a need for documents submitted to the University are advised to retain photocopies or to obtain duplicate copies.


Our online application is designed for admission to non-degree visiting student status in the academic departments of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering only.

All application documents must be provided in English (either the original or translations of the original documents). English translation services are available at World Education Services.

Complete the Visiting Student Application here.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75.00 is required for each application
to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.
This fee is only required for visiting students who are taking classes.

Letter of Invitation/Approval

Any student wishing to enroll in a 300+ level course or planning to do research on university premises must present the appropriate admissions office with a letter (or email) of invitation from the department.  The letter must contain the term or duration of the student’s visit, the nature of the research he/she will be doing or the course for which he/she is approved.


Visiting students who are to paid by Johns Hopkins University’s  Office of Student Employment during their visit must submit proof of current enrollment from their primary institution. Applicants must submit transcripts or current enrollment verification from
their institutional registrar. Please consult the departmental administrator or for more information.

We accept electronic transcripts through Scrip-Safe. Please consult with your institution to see if it participates in Scrip-Safe’s network. All transcripts from Scrip-Safe should be sent to

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office requires two letters of recommendation. Applicants should ask faculty members to write letters of recommendation for them. The letter of recommendation must have the recommender’s original signature, letterhead, and contact information (email, phone number, address).

Download the Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF) here.