Wang Center for Global Education

International Scholars and Visitors

Pacific Lutheran University is committed to fostering a global learning environment not only through its study away programs, but also through its diverse faculty, staff, and scholar population.

The Wang Center provides immigration assistance and information regarding government regulations to both visiting scholars and PLU departments.

The menu below provides information on visa sponsorship procedures and relevant nonimmigrant categories.

Namibian Delegation

For international visiting professors, scholars, short-term scholars, and researchers, PLU sponsors J-1 Visas. The H-1B Visa is appropriate for tenure-track faculty at PLU.  TN Status is available for Canadian and Mexican workers applying for a professional level job under NAFTA. F-1 Students with Optional Practical Training (OPT) status are eligible to work at PLU with proper documentation. 

The Wang Center is committed to helping faculty and administrators with visa sponsorship for faculty, staff and visitors.  Please review the following page for important steps regarding sponsorship options and immigration requirements.

The following links provide additional information for incoming and current scholars.
Please review the category that matches your visa classification. 

Please review the following document regarding payment/honoraria procedures and tax implications for international visitors.  Employees of PLU must apply for a Social Security Number before the employment start date.  Visitors not eligible for a Social Security Number, but receiving payment or honoraria must apply for an ITIN upon arrival. International visitors should be prepared to register with the Glacier Tax Compliance System before or upon arrival to PLU. Please contact Pat O'Donnell (odonnepa@plu.edu) with any questions.
Are you interested in joining the PLU community as a Visiting Scholar?  Browse through PLU’s academic departments to see which department would be a good fit for your proposed purpose.  Send an email with cover letter and resume to the Wang Center at wangctr@plu.edu