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CDR Visitor Appointment Information

Visiting Student Application Process

Visiting Scholar Application Process

Visiting Faculty Application Process

Visa Information 

International Visitors (all visiting categories) are issued a DS-2019 to apply for a J1 Visa at a U.S. Consulate.  The Short-Term scholar category of J allows an exchange visitor to enter for a maximum stay of six months; the Research Scholar allows the exchange visitor to have a stay of up to five years. Both categories allow the visitor to engage in research, collaboration and teaching.

J-1 Scholar Visa Information

Insurance Information for Visiting Scholars and Visiting Faculty

Visiting scholars and Visiting Faculty in J-1 visa status may choose to be covered by insurance plans obtained overseas. However, these plans must meet Department of State requirements.

Visiting Scholars and Visiting Faculty are not eligible for Stanford's insurance plans and must obtain their own insurance coverage.

Insurance Information for Visiting Students

Campus Health Service Fee:

The Campus Health Service fee is a mandatory fee that is assessed quarterly.

Health Insurance Fee:

All Visiting Student Researchers are required to carry either individual health insurance or Stanford's Cardinal Care.

  • A VSR who begins his/her stay within the first 60 percent* (roughly seven weeks) of a given quarter will be automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care retroactive to the start of the applicable quarter, and the corresponding quarterly charge will appear on his/her bill. If the VSR has his/her own insurance, s/he must submit the International Student Insurance Coverage Certification form (pdf) no later than the 15th of the arrival month to arrange to be waived out of the plan or a fee may be imposed.

  • A VSR who begins his/her stay after 60 percent* of the quarter has passed will not be automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care. Late arrival VSRs must contact Vaden’s Insurance Office to arrange for coverage for the remainder of the quarter or to show proof of existing coverage.

    The late arrival VSR will be automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care at the start of the following quarter. For example, a VSR who begins an appointment on December 1 will not be enrolled in Cardinal Care for Autumn Quarter and must contact Vaden’s Insurance Office to arrange for coverage or to show proof of existing coverage. This VSR will be auto-enrolled in Cardinal Care beginning with Winter Quarter (January 1) and may either elect to remain enrolled or to contact Vaden to arrange a waiver (i.e., if alternative coverage is applicable). Host departments should email Vaden’s Insurance Office by submitting a Help Ticket at (select "Student Services" in the first category and "Health Insurance" in the second category) about late arrival VSRs to minimize risk associated with inadequate or non-existent health insurance coverage.   

*The 60% date of each quarter is noted in the Academic Calendar under the title Term Withdrawal deadline.

  • Early Termination of VSR appointment and Health Insurance: If a VSR is enrolled in Cardinal Care and their appointment terminates prior to the end of Autumn or Winter Quarter, they may request early cancellation of Cardinal Care for the next quarter(s).The VSR should submit a Help Ticket to the Health Insurance and Referral Office at (first category Student Services; second category Health Insurance).  They should list their appointment termination date and the Help Ticket should be submitted prior to the end of their appointment as the cancellation needs to be processed prior to the start of the next quarter.  Early Cancellation requests received after the start of the next quarter will not be processed.  Help Ticket requests for early cancellation should come from the VSR, and not the host department administrator.

Cost of Living Calculators for Silicon Valley (San Jose) and San Francisco:

Please Note: These calculators are not maintained or endorsed by Stanford University and may not factor in the cost of all items. There are other similar calculators available on the Internet.


During the autumn and winter quarters, University housing is restricted to matriculated students, pursuing a Stanford degree, and enrolled in at least 8 units. 
If they are able to meet the demand from unassigned matriculated students, they will allow Stanford affiliates to sublicense in graduate housing. 
This information would be updated on the sublicense website ( 

Stanford has partnered with a company called Places4Students (places4students).  
Although the name of the company refers only to students, please know that the Stanford listings are for ALL direct current and incoming Stanford affiliates. 
Stanford University restricts the use of the rental listings; only current and incoming Stanford affiliates may use the rental listings to find housing. 
The main way that Stanford affiliation is authenticated online is by use of a Stanford email address. 
If you do not have a Stanford email address yet, please send your invitation letter, and they will send you a temporary username and password once they verify your affiliation. 

Housing Information


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all international students and scholars to file federal tax forms, whether or not they have earned income during the tax year. In addition, F-2 and J-2 dependents must also file certain tax forms. In the US, tax forms are filed in the current year for the previous year.

Tax Information