Visitors to UniSA for Research Purposes

Visiting Academics

Academic staff can be invited to the University to collaborate on reseach.  There is often a previously established relationship between the UniSA academic and the visiting academic.  International visiting academics will require a visa.  Remuneration is not given to visiting academics, although a contribution towards living and travel expenses may be made.  Visiting academics are covered by UniSA insurances.  Contact the Visa Enquiries team in People, Talent and Culture for more information.  The letter of invitation and other resources can be found here under visa information. 

Visiting Students

Visiting students can be both domestic and international.  The visitor may be a current student at another institution, or they may be a graduate.  Note that in the first instance these individuals should be insured by their home institution where applicible, but where their home institution will not insure them, or where they are not a current student, they will be covered by UniSA insurances for public liability purposes.  However they will not be covered by UniSA professional indemnity insurance, so you should ensure that these individuals have appropriate insurance prior to allowing them to become involved in any situation where they might provide advice to a third party.

A stipend payment is not usually provided to visiting students, but this can be done if required.  If you would like to arrange a stipend for a visiting student this can be done by completing the Scholarship and Grant Payment Request Form.

International Visiting Students Process

Where the visiting student is an international student the Visa Enquiries team in People, Talent and Culture recommend that the student hold a Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408).  To obtain this visa the Visa Enquiries team in People, Talent and Culture need to arrange sponsorship.  More information about this can be found here, under Visa Information, by clicking on Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408). 

The final step in the process is to provide the HDR Admission team with a copy of the original offer, the completed acceptance form, a copy of the visa grant, and a completed sanctions form if required.  The HDR Admission team will then admit the student and provide the students details directly to the student - ensure you include a personal email address for the student so that we can do this.  Please allow a minimum of one week (ideally two) between providing the HDR Admission team with the documents and the students start date.

Domestic Visiting Students Process

The offer pack for domestic visiting students can be found here.  Once the student has accepted their offer provide the HDR Admission team with a copy of the original offer and the completed acceptance form.  The HDR Admission team will then admit the student and provide the students details directly to the student - ensure you include a personal email address for the student so that we can do this.  Please allow a minimum of one week (ideally two) between providing the HDR Admission team with the documents and the students start date.