The NorthStar Visiting Scholar Academy at Bemidji State University promotes understanding and cooperation between American and international university scholars through a unique experience of mutual enrichment.
Northstar Visiting Scholars Academy is the destination program for our visitors, including visiting faculty, scholars and student ambassadors.
NorthStar Scholars are immersed in the culture and daily life of the Bemidji State campus and the city of Bemidji, in the heart of Minnesota’s beautiful north woods.
For our visiting faculty, the program is usually one year in length. A designated program manager designed a curriculum comprised of weekly seminars, experiential activities, field trips, and tours to provide scholars a comprehensive understanding of the difference between the higher educational systems, American as well as our regional cultures, history, social fabric and the natural environment. They could observe classes, engage in class discussions, and guest lecture. Visiting scholars could participate in any of BSU campus activities, and utilize library resources and recreational facilities. In addition, they will visit historical sites, parks, businesses, American Indian reservations, schools and other places of interest. Each visiting scholar is assigned a professor at Bemidji State University as a mentor who helps them get the most out of their experience. Ideally, this professor belongs to the same discipline as the visitor, allowing the exchange visitor to observe their classes and guest lecture in them. Visiting Faculty live in fully furnished apartments or house with individual bedrooms. Bemidji State University will issue DS-2019 form required for obtaining the J visas for our admitted scholars. BSU also awards completion certificates to visiting faculty who have successfully completed the program. For more details, please see Visiting Faculty Program Elements and Costs.
For our visiting students ambassadors, BSU invites students from all of our partner institutions to join us in a varieties of summer programs, including the language and culture immersion camp. For more details, please see Summer.
Click here to view Exchange Visitor Welcome Brochure from U.S. Department of State.