Visiting Researcher Privileges

Access to Resources and Space

Researchers are provided with a University identification card (GoCard), which permits use and borrowing privileges within the Georgetown University Library system and access to the various computer labs located throughout the Main Campus.

Unfortunately, due to limited availability, priority for the use of library research desk carrels is given to Georgetown faculty and graduate students. In general, office space is not available but Researchers are encouraged to make inquiries with their host department in the event an alternative arrangement is possible.

Course Enrollment

Visiting Researchers also have the opportunity to audit courses informally with the instructor’s permission. For those who wish to audit courses on a formal basis or to enroll in a course for credit must make a formal application for “Special Student” status to Georgetown’s Graduate School. This application involves completing a standard Georgetown University Graduate School admissions application, submitting all required documentation such as undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation and, if appropriate, TOEFL scores, and paying the then current admissions application fee. Because it is assumed that the primary objective of the Visiting Researchers affiliation is research, it is anticipated that such requests will be rare.

Those primarily interested in pursuing non-degree Graduate course work (course numbers 350 or higher) at Georgetown should contact Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies at (202) 687-8700. For those wishing to formally audit a course or take a course for credit, the current per-credit charge is applicable in addition to the Visiting Researchers Fee. For a complete listing of our course offerings, please visit the University Registrar’s web site at


Researchers are provided with free access to the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS bus). Two of the GUTS routes provide direct access to nearby Metro subway stations — Rosslyn Metro Station in Virginia (across the river in Arlington, Virginia) and the Dupont Circle Metro Station in Washington, DC near Connecticut Avenue and Q Street, N.W. A map of the Washington, DC Metro subway system may be found on the Washington Metro web site.

Athletic Facilities

For an additional fee, Visiting Researchers may use the University’s athletic facilities located in the Yates Field House for a fee.