Overview of Exchange Visitors

J-1 Exchange Visitors

Exchange Visitors at NC State are non-degree seeking exchange visitors such as visiting professors, research scholars, short term scholars and student interns. These Scholars and Student Interns take part of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of State which implements the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. This Act promotes mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides eligible foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences.

The J-1 Exchange Program is category specific and they vary according to research activity, immigration history, the possibility of repeat visits to the U.S., anticipated length of stay, and the possibility of extension to that length of stay. The host department at NC State is responsible for deciding visiting scholar’s category. 

Visiting Scholar and Student Intern Eligibility Requirements


Consult the Pre-Arrival Guides for Important Information for Incoming Exchange Visitors at NC State


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