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Exchange Visitor (J-1) Program

Introduction

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is managed by the US Department of State. Since 1961 it has promoted mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. Institutions throughout the country are designated by the US Department of State to sponsor J-1 Exchange Visitors. Sponsor institutions and exchange visitors are required to comply with the Exchange Visitor Program regulations as set forth by the US Department of State. Salisbury University has been designated as a J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsoring institution by the US Department of State since 2009 in the categories of Student, Short-Term Scholar, and Professor.

Exchange Visitor Student Program

The Student Program at Salisbury University is designed to provide individuals from partner schools in foreign countries the opportunity to live and study for a short period at an American university while experiencing American life and culture from the perspective of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Some Exchange Visitor students earn degrees at Salisbury University, others study for just a short-period as non-degree-seeking students. Salisbury University provides opportunities for Exchange Visitor Students to get to know the City of Salisbury and the greater community including neighboring resort beaches, and the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore. Moreover, the University has abundant opportunities to expose Exchange Visitor students to cultural events, athletic activities, and other social opportunities to experience American culture first hand. Of equal importance is the opportunity for Salisbury University students to study alongside fellow students from around the world, each with his or her own global vision.

Exchange Visitor Short-Term Scholar Program

The Short-Term Scholar Program at Salisbury University is designed to provide academic colleagues from foreign countries the opportunity to live and work for a short period of time at an American university. Short-Term Scholars may have direct connections with American students through their classes. Other Exchange Visitor short-term scholars may consult with colleagues, observe, train, or demonstrate special skills respective to their area of expertise. There is no minimum length of stay for an Exchange Visitor Short-Term Scholar. The maximum length of stay is six months. Host academic departments provide opportunities for their Short-Term Scholars to get to know the City of Salisbury and the greater community, including neighboring resort beaches, and the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore. Moreover, the University has abundant opportunities to expose Short-Term Scholars to cultural events, athletic activities, and other social opportunities to experience American culture first hand. Of equal importance is the opportunity for Salisbury University students to study with instructors from around the world.

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Exchange Visitor Professor Program

The Exchange Visitor Professor Program at Salisbury University is designed to provide academic colleagues from foreign countries the opportunity to live and work for a longer period of time at an American university in contrast with an Exchange Visitor Short-Term Scholar. Minimum length of stay for an Exchange Visitor Professor is three weeks. Maximum length of stay is five years. Exchange Visitor Professors may have direct connections with American students through their classes. Other Exchange Visitor Professors may conduct research, observe, or consult. Exchange Visitor Professors are NOT eligible for tenure-track positions. Host academic departments provide opportunities for their Exchange Visitor Professors to get to know the City of Salisbury and the greater community including neighboring resort beaches, and the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore. Moreover, the University has abundant opportunities to expose Exchange Visitor Professors to cultural events, athletic activities, and other social opportunities to experience American culture first hand. Of equal importance is the opportunity for Salisbury University students to study with instructors from around the world.

Applying for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program at Salisbury University

Exchange Visitor Student

Students from Salisbury University's partner universities abroad are welcome to apply to be an Exchange Visitor Student at Salisbury University. Availability for positions is determined by each individual partnership agreement.

International students who are not affiliated with one of Salisbury University's partner universities abroad may still be eligible to apply to be an Exchange Visitor Student at Salisbury University.

For more information on the application process students should contact the SU Center for International Education at sucie@salisbury.edu

Exchange Visitor Short-Term Scholar/Professor

Sponsoring SU faculty members and/or academic departments can apply to the University to host an Exchange Visitor Short-Term Scholar or Professor. Only sponsoring SU faculty members and/or academic departments may initiate the process to host an Exchange Visitor Short-Term Scholar/Professor.  Note:  Effective August 6th, 2013 all sponsoring SU faculty mentors are required to make an appointment with Agata Liszkowska/Brian Stiegler to discuss the application process and departmental responsibilites before submitting the application.

The basic responsibilities and expectations for SU sponsoring faculty and academic departments are outlined in the document, Departmental Expectations for Hosting Exchange Visitors. The application process begins with filing the Application to Host Exchange Visitor (J-1)

Additionally, the Exchange Visitor, Scholar or Professor needs to complete the DS-2019 Information Form, and submit it to the RO/ARO.

Sponsoring SU faculty members and/or academic departments are encouraged to contact the SU Center for International Education at sucie@salisbury.edu with any questions at the time of filing the Application to Host Exchange Visitor (J-1).

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