For Faculty and Staff

Hosting Exchange Visitors

The advisors and volunteers at the Office of International Services (OIS) are committed to NC State University’s global mission and vision and we invite you to join with us as we help prepare world citizens and develop global leaders here in North Carolina. We strive to be the number one resource for our international community and a catalyst for North Carolina residents to expand their global horizons.

Most of the international scholars that come to NC State participate in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. Other visa options are also available, but they are less common.

Under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, NC State hosts three categories of visitors: short-term scholars, research scholars and student intern. 

Providing a clear explanation of the rights, responsibilities, requirements, and options to international students is a partnership between OIS advisors and the academic advisors (DGPs, Graduate Secretaries, Committee Chairs, Coordinators of Advising, and others) in the department. Before you start the process of requesting a DS-2019 for an exchange visitor, be aware of the departmental responsibilities and that the following eligibility requirements for the prospective exchange visitor are met:


When the exchange visitor arrives at NC State, please make sure to schedule them a mandatory check-in at OIS. Please see the schedule check-in link below to see available check-in times. For the time being, check-in sessions are being held virtually on Zoom. The visitor should bring the following to the check-in:

  • Passport with J-1 visa stamp
  • DS-2019
  • Print out of I-94 card (can be retrieved here)
  • Proof of health insurance for principal and dependents for the duration of the DS-2019. See requirements for health insurance here.