International Scholar Relations

J-1 Exchange Visitor


The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 with the passage of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Act.  The purpose of the program is to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of
other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange.  WesternU is authorized by the U. S. Department of State to sponsor exchange visitors in four categories:       

Research Scholar
Short Term Scholar

We are not authorized for the J-1 student visa; international students come to WesternU on an F-1 Visa.                                                  

Eligibility and Limitations of the Program

An individual is eligible to participate in WesternU’s J-1 program if the program is suitable to the exchange visitor’s background, needs and experience; and the individual possesses sufficient proficiency in the English language to successfully participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis.  Additionally, the J-1 candidate must possess sufficient funding, either through employment at WesternU or private support, to meet the cost-of-living budget established annually by ISR.

Individuals who possess a medical practitioner’s degree (MD, DO, PharmD, DVM, DDM, etc.) are restricted from having clinical contact with patients, human or animal, per Federal regulations.

The maximum amount of time an individual may live and work in the U. S. on a J-1 visa is limited by their J-1 category:  professors and research scholars are limited to five years; a specialist may not exceed one year and a short term scholar is limited to a maximum of six months.

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Updated:  August 2016