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LSUS Receives J Visa Host Designation for International Visiting Scholars

May 02, 2017

We are pleased to announce that LSUS will now be able to host international visiting scholars under the J- 1 Visa designation. J-1 visiting scholars (professors, terminal degree holding researchers, subject experts, and students) will provide an added educational, research, and cultural experience for our students. J-1 visiting scholars are work and study based exchange visitors that will facilitate the exchange of ideas and research in a variety of fields, not just STEM based programs. Foreign scholars gain by exposure to our faculty and programs. The J-1 scholar can be a paid or a gratis position. Most scholars have funding from their home country, university, or are self-funded. Students must be funded by a federally funded exchange program, or sponsor organizations can charge participants program fees. LSUS has previously served international students on F-1 visas and will continue to host F-1 students as well. The presence of J-1 scholars in labs and classrooms across campus will facilitate increased opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, thus enhancing our reputation and aiding in recruitment of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

There are 4 types of J-1 Exchange Visitors that we will be hosting:

1. Professor and Research Scholar: Scholars in this category may be invited to collaborate in research projects, to teach courses in non-tenured or non-tenure track positions, or to give lectures or seminars. Masters or PhD required. They may come for visits of up to five years.

2. Short Term Scholar: The short term scholar category is suitable for scholars coming to lecture, observe, consult, and participate in seminars, workshops, or conferences, and who will definitely leave the United States within six months. No extensions are allowed.

3. Specialist: This category is appropriate for visitors coming for visits of up to one year to consult, observe, or demonstrate specialized knowledge or skills in which they are experts.

4. University/college exchange students: Students may engage in degree-granting programs until completion or non-degree granting programs for no more than 24 months. Students must be funded by a federally funded exchange program, or sponsor organizations can charge participants program fees. If you are interested in hosting a J-1 scholar at LSUS please contact Amanda Lewis, amanda.lewis@lsus.edu or 795-4237. For more information about the J-1 Visa visit https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/