Visiting Students

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Our Visiting Students program offers high school students and undergraduates at other colleges and universities the opportunity to take one or more courses at Hopkins during the fall or spring semester. 

Visiting students can take advantage of learning from world-class faculty and access to state-of-the-art facilities with certain limitations. They may take up to nine credits per semester and study for a maximum of two semesters at Hopkins. While each visiting student is assigned an academic advisor to guide them through coursework selection, they are not eligible for other student services, such as counseling, health services, recreation, and housing.

The admissions process for visiting students is selective and space dependent. Admissions standards are comparable to those for traditional, degree-seeking students.

Before applying, please check for any registration restrictions for visiting students. For example, visiting students are not permitted to take the following courses: General Biology I and II, Introductory Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Calculus I and II for Biological and Social Science, Bioethics, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Biostatistics, Statistical Analysis I and II.

Other Programs for Visiting Students

International Exchange Students

Hopkins has a formal educational exchange program with several institutions. 

Faculty and graduate students attending Hopkins under the terms of exchange agreements should contact their sponsoring department at Hopkins. Undergraduates who wish to attend Hopkins under the terms of exchange agreements should complete the following steps:

  1. Contact the Office of International Student Mobility at your home institution.

    All undergraduate exchange students must be nominated by their home institutions. Nominations to Hopkins must be made by the Office of International Student Mobility or the equivalent at your home university.
  1. Official nominations should be sent by your Office of International Student Mobility to the attention of the Global Education Office.

    Jessica Mervis, Director of Global Education
    Imagine Center
    3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21218.
    Phone: (410) 516-8400
  1. Upon receipt of your official nomination, the Global Education Office will forward your request to the appropriate departments and faculty at Hopkins.

    If your nomination is confirmed, you will receive a packet of information from Hopkins asking you to complete the Visiting Student Application and supplemental documentation for J-1 visa.
  1. In order to expedite your admission as a visiting exchange student, please return your complete Visiting Student Application and supplemental documents to the Global Education Office.

    The Global Education Office will coordinate your application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
Official nominations should include:
  • An official letter of nomination from your home university
  • A brief statement of your interest in studying at Hopkins, the term and duration of your exchange, and the department in which you will take the majority of your academic courses
  • A list of courses and alternatives you would like to take while at Hopkins
  • An official transcript from your home university

For additional information, please contact Jessica Mervis, Director of Global Education, at or (410) 516-8400.


How to Apply

Admitted Applicants