International Scholar Relations

Welcome International Scholars

A nation’s treasure is in its scholars ~ Chinese Proverb


International Scholars logo The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is “to promote international educational and cultural exchange in order to develop mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.” For more information: http://j1visa.state.gov/

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), has the honor of being a J-1 Program Sponsor, committed to global engagement through the exchange of knowledge shared between scholars of other countries and the WesternU campus community. The J-1 Program, in support of world peace, helps contribute to intellectual and cultural diversity through dedicated service to our visiting international scholars.

International Scholar Relations (ISR) is the official University office responsible primarily for assisting international scholars who wish to participate in research at our University and is the visiting scholars’ vital informational resource. The service provided by ISR is based on the administrative responsibilities regulated by the Department of State (DOS) Exchange Visitor Program and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The ISR office provides advice and assistance regarding government regulations and is the only official University office with authorization to issue nonimmigrant visa documents for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program   J1Program@westernu.edu

We welcome international scholars to Western University of Health Sciences where respect, caring and compassion are values we share with one another.  If we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Brenda CampbellBrenda Campbell
Program Administrator/RO



Sherry BaleSherry Bale



Revised 8/2015


This webpage is intended to assist the exchange visitor in a general way with regard to the process for obtaining a J-1 Visa and other important related matters. We recommend that you do not consider the information contained herein as an exclusive source of reference for making decisions affecting your legal status in the United States or your right to study, teach, conduct research or work at Western University of Health Sciences.