G-MEO Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists (GVSS) Program
- One or two-semester professional development experience for Chinese academics and professionals
- Library resources and facilities to pursue independent research
- Supportive colleagues with whom to network and collaborate
- Opportunities to audit courses across the curriculum
- Intermediate and advanced level intensive English available
- Explore the diverse and dynamic New York City metropolitan area
Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud to partner with Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. (G-MEO) to offer the Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists (GVSS) Program.
The goal of the Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists (GVSS) Program is to provide sabbatical opportunities for Chinese faculty and/or working professionals across academic disciplines, to enrich the FDU academic community, and to strengthen a better understanding of American life and its people.
Provided on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J., just 16 km from New York City which is easily accessible by mass transportation, the GVSS programs enable visitors to maximize the academic and professional impact of their international experience, fully enjoying the rich cultural opportunities of one of the world’s foremost metropolitan centers while based on a safe suburban campus.
Most participants will spend one or two academic semesters at FDU. With FDU’s approval, participants may apply to extend their stay in accordance to U.S. government rules and regulations.
In addition to pursuing independent research and/or research collaborations and/or auditing FDU classes, all visiting scholars and specialists must attend a bi-lingual seminar covering U.S. business, education, society, and culture.
Participants who do not meet the English proficiency requirements needed to audit FDU classes (see Qualifications below) and will be required to enroll in FDU’s English for Professional Success (EPS) courses (at no additional cost) while engaging in independent research and/or research collaborations.
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will receive an official certificate indicating their participation in the program
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will receive support from G-MEO for identifying housing, transportation, and schools for any accompanying children
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will be hosted by the Office of International Education at FDU and co-hosted on a case-by-case basis, with an appropriate academic department
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will have access to FDU facilities, including libraries, computing, and recreational facilities, however, private office space will not be available
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will receive invitations to special events and receptions throughout their FDU visit and will be invited to give guest lectures and presentations and will be encouraged to engage in joint research projects with FDU colleagues
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will have opportunities to audit FDU courses at undergraduate and our post-graduate levels (subject to English proficiency on a space-available basis)
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will have opportunities to audit FDU’s proprietary English for Professional Success (EPS) program (subject to a placement test and on a space-available basis)
- Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists will have opportunities to enroll in FDU courses for which they are qualified (based on English language proficiency) on a for-credit basis for an additional tuition charge (and fees, if applicable)
All travel expenses, including the cost of a visa or travel permit, personal expenses, including but not limited to housing, local transportation, and insurance, are the responsibility of the individual Global Visiting Scholars and Specialists.
Visiting Scholars should have a faculty appointment in a field taught by FDU at a recognized higher education institution (HEI). Participants should have at least a master’s degree (doctorate preferred) from a recognized higher education institution (HEI). Visiting Scholars with a senior-level faculty appointment will be designated “Senior Visiting Scholar.”
Visiting Specialists should have at least four years of professional experience in a field taught by FDU. Visiting Specialists must graduate from a 3- or 4-year degree program (master’s degree preferred) from an HEI. Visiting Specialists with at least twelve years of progressively responsible professional experience in a field taught by FDU will be designated “Senior Visiting Specialists.”
In order to audit or enroll in regular FDU courses at either undergraduate or graduate levels, Visiting Scholars and Specialists must demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to TOEFL 70, IELTS 6.0, iTEP 3.7, Duolingo 100, E3PT 65, GTEC 1150, PTE-A 53.
In order to enroll in English for Professional Success (EPS) courses, Visiting Scholars and Specialists must demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to TOEFL 40, IELTS 4.5, iTEP 2.9, Duolingo 70, E3PT 48, GTEC 900, PTE-A 23.
Applying to the GVSS Program
- G-MEO will review applications for the Visiting Scholars and Specialists program and will recommend candidates to FDU. Complete applications shall include the following:
- An application form to the GVSS Program
- A brief statement of purpose
- Educational background
- Professional background
- Evidence of English proficiency
- Valid passport
- G-MEO will conduct personal interviews with candidates to ensure that all participants have the necessary qualifications and demonstrable English skills in order to participate in the program and to function on a day-to-day basis.
Visiting Scholars and Specialists will have opportunities to enroll in FDU courses for which they are qualified (based on English language proficiency) on a for-credit non-degree basis for an additional tuition charge (and fees, if applicable).
Visas and Insurance
Successful candidates will be issued a DS-2019 enabling them to obtain a J-1 visa and a J-2 visa for each of his/her dependent. FDU reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of each candidate recommended by G-MEO. FDU retains sole decision-making authority regarding its selection of Visiting Scholars and Specialists, in accordance with U.S. and New Jersey State laws and FDU’s policies.
All participants must have medical insurance coverage while participating in the program in the U.S. Any medical costs not covered by their insurance policy must be paid by the participant.
Half Year (Fall or Spring) Program Fee: $8,000
Full Year (Fall and Spring) Program Fee: $12,000
Adult family members accompanying the scholar/specialist may participate in the bi-weekly seminars and special events free of charge. They also may enroll in FDU’s English for Professional Success (EPS) courses, for $3,000 per level.
Minimum of $9,500 per semester (fall or spring) and approximately $24,000 for one calendar year for rent, meals, local transportation, and medical insurance.
Academic credits earned by scholars and specialists during the academic year or semester in residence may be applied to an FDU degree program, including online programs which can be completed in China and on-campus programs. Since a different visa type is required to pursue an academic degree program, program participants interested in an on-campus degree program would need to return home in order to apply for the correct visa.
For More Information
G-MEO New York Office:
Director, College Division, Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc.
G-MEO China Office:
Weiyong (Adam) Zhang
Director of G-MEO China Center