Are you eligible to choose between F-1 or J-1 status?
F-1 Status: All nonimmigrant students are eligible.
J-1 Status: Only students who meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible:
Full-time, degree-seeking students with a non-personal funding source that pays for 51% or higher of the total cost of Penn (e.g. scholarship, fellowship, grant, or assistantship). Common non-personal sources: Penn, Rotary Foundation, home government, US government, international organization (US must be a member by treaty or statute), corporate sponsor...
Exchange students coming to campus through a Penn Abroad program.
- Students in an exchange program carried out pursuant to an agreement between the US Government and a foreign government.
- Students in an exchange program carried out pursuant to a written agreement between: American and foreign educational institutions; American educational institution and a foreign government; OR US State or local government and a foreign government
Note: Students are not eligible for J-1 status if their program has a clinical component.