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Information for Current Visiting Scholars

The following are campus privileges and courtesies for current Visiting Scholars

Campus Card ID

Visiting Scholars may obtain an Affiliate Campus Card ID.  Please follow these directions to receive a card:

  • Contact your department support personnel to complete a Campus Card Request form.
  • The fee for the card is $21 and can either be paid by the Department via chartstring or by the Visiting Scholar.  If the scholar is paying the fee, go to the Central Cashier's Office, located on the ground floor of the Student Services Center (map), to make the $21.00 CASH payment. Be sure to get a receipt. 
    Note:  The Cashier’s Office accepts personal checks and cash payments only
  • The scholar should take the completed Campus Card Request form to Student Business Service (SBS). See the location and hours for the Campus Card Office
  • The scholar should take the following with them to the SBS Campus Card Office:
    • Completed Campus Card Request form
    • The $21 fee receipt from the Cashier’s Office if the fee was paid by the scholar.  Otherwise, ensure that an index number is provided on the Campus Card Request form
    • One of the following photo IDs:
      • Passport
      • Valid driver’s license
      • State identification card
  • To avoid a long wait, check peak times before visiting SBS Campus Card Office
  • Department HR personnel are responsible for retrieving the ID card at the end of the visiting scholar’s visit

UCSD Email Account

Visiting Scholars may receive e-mail service from the sponsoring department. The Visiting Scholar should contact the department HR personnel for information on the services from the sponsoring department.

Library Privileges

Access to online journals from UC San Diego Library

Visiting Scholars have access to online journals through UC San Diego subscriptions. To access online journals, the Visiting Scholar may use computers in the library or via UC San Diego's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

To connect through the UC San Diego VPN service use the instructions here:

Reminders and Best Practices for Visiting Scholars

Access to checking out books from UC San Diego Library

Visiting Scholars are entitled to the use of the UC San Diego Library and their Affiliate Campus ID Card functions as the library card. For more information on privileges to Visiting Scholars and the Library, please visit the Library's website

 In order for a Visiting Scholar to check out Library materials, the department must properly enter the Visiting Scholar into UC Path with an expiration date and have provided the scholar with a UC San Diego email account.


Visiting Scholars are eligible to purchase monthly B parking permits for the numerous parking areas and garages on the main campus as well as the medical campuses.  For more information, please visit the Parking Permits website on Blink.  A campus affiliate ID card is required to purchase a permit.

Shuttle Service

UCSD’s extensive transportation system serves the UCSD campus, medical centers and key points off campus and is free to Visiting Scholars. To board show your campus ID to the driver on request. Reference the shuttle service website for more details.

Public Transportation

Several mass transit routes serve the campus and surrounding area. Transit products for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) are delivered through the PRONTO regional fare system. Please visit the UCSD Public Transit page for more information. 


There are numerous housing options available to Visiting Scholars:

 Contact the sponsoring department HR personnel for other housing options.

Laboratory and Office Facilities

Visiting Scholars may be granted use of laboratory and other University facilities at the discretion of the departments involved.  In many departments, however, space is limited and offices cannot be provided.

Courses and Seminars

English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD) program

UC San Diego Extension offers a program for non-native English speaking scholars. Academics and professionals who would like to improve their overall English language skills for future success are encouraged to take these courses. Evening courses are provided in the following subject areas:

  • Academic, Business, and Technical Writing
  • Conversation and Oral Presentation
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation and Fluency
  • and more…

For more information, visit: English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD) Program

UC San Diego Visiting Scholars are also eligible for a 10% discount on all courses, up to $50 per quarter. For more information, please email

Auditing UC San Diego academic courses

Visiting Scholars may audit UC San Diego academic courses and seminars with the consent of the Professor or instructor.  No academic credit is given. 

If the scholar wishes to take regular University courses for credit, they may enroll through the University Extension’s Concurrent Enrollment Program.

Access to professional and career development training at UC San Diego

The Office of Postdoctoral Scholar Affairs provides Postdoctoral Scholars a comprehensive professional and development training program called EPIC Postdoctoral Training Program (EPIC Program).  Visiting Scholars may take advantage of some of these opportunities appropriate to their training needs. 

Recreation Club (RIMAC) Membership

Visiting Scholars are eligible to purchase a UC San Diego Recreation Card, Day Pass or Monthly Pass to access the facilities. The Recreation Card, Day Pass or Monthly Pass must be presented at the RIMAC Facility Access Desk, The Main Gym Weight Room, The Main Gym Equipment Room Desk (for access to the Main Gym Locker Rooms), or the Canyonview Aquatic Complex Facilities Access Desk to gain access to the facilities. The Recreation website provides more information on recreational programs at UC San Diego.
For more information or questions, please contact your sponsoring department HR personnel.