Exchange Visitor Program
The U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program allows academic institutions to welcome international students and scholars to the United States. Prospective exchange visitors apply for a J visa and enter the U.S. with the understanding that they will complete the objectives of their specific J category. There are three categories available to the University of Arizona (UA) community that can be used to bring individuals to the UA through this program: students, scholars and interns. Each category has different eligibility requirements and procedures that must be followed in order for the UA to maintain eligibility to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program.
The "Student Non-Degree" category allows the UA to exchange undergraduate or graduate students with partner institutions. Student exchange programs must be outlined in a formal International Memorandum of Agreement. They are also based on reciprocity and require an equal number of outbound and inbound mobility. Student Exchange agreements are appropriate when:
The UA and a partner institution want to exchange a limited number of non-degree seeking students for one or two semesters.
The partner institution's students want to engage in classroom-based instruction at the UA. Exchange students at the UA cannot focus on research.
There will be demand from UA students to study at the partner institution. Maintaining such demand requires UA faculty to actively recruit outbound students. Student exchange agreements that fall out of balance must be suspended, thus active outbound recruitment is critical to a successful student exchange agreement.
The Student Exchange Program Application will help UA faculty and the Office of Global Initiatives determine the long-term viability of a student exchange agreement.
The "Professor, Research Scholar and Short-Term Scholar" category is appropriate for individuals who will engage in research or teaching while at the UA. J-1 status may not be used as a means of general employment. However, visiting scholars may be temporarilyemployed by UA as long as their primary activities are teaching, lecturing, observing, or conducting research.
This option is overseen by International Faculty & Scholars (IFS) and can be included as part of an International Memorandum of Agreement if a formal agreement is desired or needed between participating institutions. If not, scholars can also be invited independent of an IMOA. More information and an application can be found on the J-1 Exchange Visitor page.
The "Student Intern" category of the Exchange Visitor Program is available for UA departments to host an intern that is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies in an undergraduate program at an accredited higher education institution outside of the United States. A department may host a student intern for a period of no more than 12 months. All of the internship training must be physically located on the UA campus.
This option is overseen by International Student Services (ISS) and can be included as part of an International Memorandum of Agreement if a formal agreement is desired or needed between participating institutions. If not, it can also be processed independently. More information and an application can be found on the J-1 Student Intern page.