Visiting Students at the GSSI Social Sciences – PhD programme in Urban Studies and Regional Sciences

The GSSI Social Sciences Research Area and the PhD programme in Urban Studies and Regional Science welcomes a limited number of doctoral students who wish to visit and spend a research stay at the Faculty. The Visiting Students scheme is aimed at doctoral students in other universities or similar academic institutions who wish to get a broader perspective on urban studies and regional science issues. Visiting students will receive no credit or qualification from the GSSI for either the research they undertake or any taught modules they join.

An application should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the form downloadable from here. Periods of study will normally be for a minimum of one month and a maximum of six months, commencing at any time of the year. The Faculty has very limited space, so there will not be more than five visiting students in the Faculty at any one time. 

Students from outside the European Union will need to consider immigration requirements, so they are required to obtain a 'Short-Term Student Visa'. It is your responsibility to make sure you identify whether you require a visa, and then to understand, meet, and comply with these immigration requirements. 

What does it cost

There will be a bench fee of 200 euros per months term in order to cover facilities. Students from universities and institutions which signed a memorandum of understanding or scientific agreement with GSSI Social Sciences are exempted from paying the bench fees.

 All visiting doctoral students will be provided with a desk space, full access to GSSI premises (24-7 service), attendance at lectures and seminars within the University

The bench fee is payable before your visit commences, and the fee must be paid into the University's Bank Account, ensuring the following points are met:

  • you pay all charges (i.e. you must tell your bank when making the transfer)
  • give your bank a reference that you provide (i.e. the invoice number; something that clearly marks the money out for you)
  • confirm when the money is to be expected
  • your place will NOT be confirmed until we receive full payment without exception


Most importantly, the Faculty does not provide accommodation, so students will need to make their own arrangements. 

How to apply

Applications are considered throughout the year and should be addressed to Marco Modica (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Applications should include:

  • A completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Proposal
  • Reference letter from an academic who knows your work
  • Certificate of agreement from your home university
  • Copy of your Passport