Hosting a J-1 Visiting Scholar for Academic Exchange
Planning to Host a J-1 Visiting Scholar?
Hosting a J-1 visiting scholar (Exchange Visitor) in your department for the purpose of research and/or teaching makes you a participant in the United States Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program at Georgia State University (P-1-03559).
J-1 visiting scholars must already hold at least a master’s or doctorate degree in order to qualify for J-1 visa sponsorship in a scholar subcategory (Research Scholar, Professor, or Short-term Scholar).
If you are interested in inviting a foreign undergraduate or master’s student (who is currently enrolled in a program of study at a postsecondary institution outside the U.S.) to engage in a structured research internship or work-based learning program that will fulfill an educational objective of the student’s program of study, the J-1 Student Intern subcategory may be appropriate. Please contact Holly Williams (email@example.com) for additional information and to verify eligibility before proceeding with a J-1 Student Intern request.
NOTE: Full-time study is NOT appropriate for either the J-1 scholar or student-intern categories. Departments with questions about bringing J-1 exchange students for full-time study (either degree or non-degree seeking) should click here.
The Exchange Visitor Program is for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange, NOT EMPLOYMENT, although many J-1 visiting scholars are also paid by Georgia State University.
Departments who wish to host a J-1 visiting scholar or student intern must fully complete and submit the appropriate request form AND all required supporting documents AT LEAST 2-3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE of the visitor’s proposed start date at GSU. Please review the J-1 Scholar Request Procedure for more detailed information. Please contact Holly Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org if assistance in verifying eligibility is needed.