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 short-term 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-semester or one year in length. A designated program coordinator 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 and audit most of the undergraduate courses on a non-credit basis, engage in discussions and exchange ideas. Visiting scholars could participate in any of the 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, enabling work on research projects on common interests.Visiting Faculty live in fully furnished apartments or house with individual bedrooms, where kitchen or common area may be shared with other scholars of the same sex. 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 language and culture immersion camp in either the winter (February) or Summer (May through August). For more details, please see Summer/Winter Language and Cultural Immersion Camp.
English Language Center (ELC)
Separate classes are offered in the English Language Center at Bemidji State University: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Each class meets one hour daily, five days a week (5 credits). The per credit, per semester fee is currently $270. Although scholars are not required to complete any of these classes, Bemidji State University encourages attendance in at least the classes in listening and speaking.
The ELC is also working hard to bring visiting scholars one free English course that meets once a week starting fall 2019, when the program size exceeds 6.
Active Participation on Campus
To see the scholars participate in campus-wide programs in action, please see the following new reports.