J-1 Visiting Scholars

According to the Department of State (DOS), the purpose of the J-1 Exchange Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.

The exchange of visiting scholars promotes interchange of knowledge and skills, mutual enrichment, and stronger links between research and educational institutions in US and foreign countries.

For start-to-finish instructions on how to host a J-1 Scholar, please consult the: 

J-1 Hosting Guide Checklist


J-1 Process Flow Chart


Details on the J-1 Visiting Scholar Program
Read Overview

Review all the important details in the program Overview.

Prepare Application

Prepare for the Application process


Maintain Status

Understand how to Maintain Valid Status




What's Next?

Now that you have reviewed the program Overview, you can proceed to the Application guidelines and procedures.