International J-1 Scholars
Penn State has a diverse academic environment with J-1 Scholars coming from every part of the world and representing an important research component of the University. This section provides information for/about prospective and current international J-1 Scholars.
A J-1 Scholar is a visiting researcher, professor, or specialist from a country outside of the United States who has been approved to enter the United States for a specific purpose and for a limited amount of time. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for the express purpose of promoting international educational exchange of expertise and stimulating collaborative teaching and research efforts. Exchange is truly at the core of the program and based on this philosophy and directive.
Your host department and J-1 Scholar Advising will help you through important processes, such as applying for a visa document, meeting J-1 regulations, and arriving at Penn State.
The university policy AC01: Visiting Scholars applies to all J-1 Scholars who are not employees of the university. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs must approve an unpaid visiting scholar before J-1 Scholar Advising can issue a visa document. Your departmental contact will complete all necessary forms.
As a J-1 Scholar, you are required to have health insurance that meets the requirements for yourself and for any accompanying J-2 dependents during the entire time you are a scholar at Penn State.
The J-2 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa for the spouse or the unmarried child under the age of 21 of a J-1 visa holder. This visa will allow your dependents to accompany or later join you to live in the United States during your J-1 program.
Please review this document to learn what to expect upon arrival to Penn State.
It is important that International J-1 Scholar Advising be notified of your departure from Penn State so that your DS-2019 reflects an accurate program end date and your record is completed properly.
International J-1 Scholar Advising 409 Boucke Building University Park, PA 16802 +1 814-863-2631 JScholarAdv@psu.edu
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