Information for Visitors

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Courtesy appointments

The University of Manitoba provides for two categories of courtesy appointments for visitors: Visiting Scholar or Visiting Student. Both are typically for full year visits requiring a formal relationship between the visitor and the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and University of Manitoba.  Unfortunately, there are no other courtesy appointments besides these two.

A Visiting Scholar is someone with a PhD and a primary academic appointment at another institution, who wishes to spend an extended time (usually a full year) consulting with department members, and making use of university and department resources while conducting research or auditing classes. During this time a Visiting Scholar maintains an active presence in the department; in addition to their own research, we hope you will make time to meet with and consult with students about their research and yours.

A Visiting Student is a graduate student in another program or institution who wishes to take graduate courses from us. Typically, Visitng Students are on an exchange, and their presence at the UofM, including fees, courses they may register for, etc. are governed by a reciprocal agreement between the UofM and their home institution. Visiting Students must register for classes.

  All other cases must be treated as casual visitors, whether you are giving talk, consulting with our staff or students, or visiting classes. In this case, no formal relationship exists with the University of Manitoba, and the details of your visit and access to resources must be mediated by a member of our staff.

We encourage potential visitors of all varieties to become familiar with our staff and research interests, and to contact a potential sponsor to discuss the details of your visit.

Becoming a Visiting Scholar

If you have a professorial appointment (or equivalent) at another University, and will be spending an extended time with us (for instance during a sabbatical leave), and would like to formalize that relationship, we invite you to apply as a Visitng Scholar. PLease note that there are no salary or employee benefits associated with Visiting Scholar status, and we cannot guarantee separate office space or phone, or computer access. Library and lab access will be arranged as appropriate.


We ask that Visiting Scholars maintain an active presence in the department, provide appropriate consultation with faculty and students, and at some point give a colloquium talk about your research.

A Visting Scholar status must be arranged through the Faculty of Arts, which alone may formally offer an invitation. The Faculty will only offer to host one Visiting Scholar in linguistics at any one time.

We ask that potential visitors familiarize themselves with our faculty and research interests, and to contact a member of our staff about collaborating on their visit. The faculty 'sponsor' may then forward to the Graduate Committee the desire for us to host your visit. Please forward (either to the Graduate Chair or via your 'sponsor', the following documents for the Graduate Committee's information.

  • statement of research interests, indicating your sponsor and reason for visiting
  • a current CV
  • a letter of reference from a scholar familiar with your work(this may come from your 'sponsor' within the department)

If the Graduate Committee approves the visit, we will make an application to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts that Visiting Scholar status be granted.

Important: We are usually unable to accommodate visitors whose principal interests lie in the following areas, as our faculty do not at present have active research in these areas and are therefore unable to adequately sponsor a visiting scholar:

  • language teaching (e.g. ESL, EFL)
  • translation
  • literature
  • second language acquisition
  • general communications (e.g. mass media, cross-cultural communication, animal communication)

Visiting students

If you are a graduate student at another institution and would like to register for classes with us to supplement those you can receive at your home institution, or develop a relationship with the instructors of our courses for your own research, you may qualify as a Visiting Student.

Typically, a Visiting Student must secure admission to the Univeristy of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies as a special student (not seeking a degree), and to have arranged with your home school regarding acceptable transfer of UofM graduate course credits into your graduate degree. Further, fees must either be paid to the UofM or arrangments for your fees must be made between your home university and the UofM through a reciprocal fee arrangement. Check with your home Faculty of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) for specifics.

By UofM defintion, Visitng Students take classes for credit. Please note that not every course in our Graduate Calendar is offered every year, and most of our graduate courses are cross-listed with undergraduate ones at the 3000-level. The timetable for any given year is not official until it is published by the Registrar's Office (via Aurora Student, the online course schedule manager they use). We typically have an idea what courses will be offered by late January, but we can't really guarantee anything, least of all days and times, until the schedule is officially published.

Students wishing to arrange to take classes with us should contact a) the Graduate Chair and b) the likely instructors of the course(s) you are interested in. See our "People" page, and the "Contacts" area.

Casual visitors

We are happy to see colleagues for longer or shorter visits, to hear talks, and to collaborate. However, such relationships fall outside the usual definitions of the above courtesy appointments. Any casual visits should be arranged through your faculty host(s).