Hosting a J-1 Scholar for Academic Exchange

Planning to Host a J-1 Visiting Scholar?

Hosting a J-1 visiting scholar 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 (EV) 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). J-1 scholars engage in research, observation, consultation, and/or lecturing in connection with a research project or visiting appointment.

NOTE: Full-time study is NOT permitted 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.

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 Drew Webster for additional information and to verify eligibility before proceeding with a J-1 Student Intern request.

Departments who wish to host a J-1 visiting scholar or student intern must fully complete and submit the appropriate request forms AND all required supporting documents through iStart at least 2-3 months in advance of the visitor’s proposed start date at Georgia State. In addition, please note that our expected processing time for new scholar requests is 3-5 business days.

Please review the J-1 Scholar Request section for more information.  Please contact Drew Webster if assistance in verifying eligibility is needed.

Faculty Mentoring Program via the Office of International Initiatives

The Office of International Initiatives (OII) offers optional faculty programs to host visiting scholars ranging from month long to a year round duration. OII also offers international faculty programs during the summer that include housing. These professional development programs are designed to engage scholars in customized, field-specific, and cross-cultural activities. Visiting scholars are paired with Georgia State faculty (Mentors) to engage in academic activities including: research, teaching in an U.S. classroom, class observations, syllabi development and enhancement, course evaluation, and language training. Unlike the regular scholar exchange, these programs compensate GSU host faculty to serve as a mentor.

All administrative aspects of the program – including invitation letters, English proficiency interviews, orientations, visa paperwork processing, and airport pickup – language enhancement, and cultural programming are handled by Georgia State’s Office of International Initiatives in coordination with International Student and Scholar Services and Host Department. For more information, please visit or contact OII at