Federal regulations require evidence of an assessment of English language proficiency prior to sponsoring a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa . Using OISS Connect, the host department indicates how the faculty supervisor determined the scholars English language proficiency from the following three choices:
- The faculty supervisor conducted an interview in English (upload to OISS Connect English Language Proficiency Assessment Form with details)
- The scholar has taken a recognized standardized test of English as a second language (upload to OISS Connect English Language Proficiency Assessment Form with details) or
- The scholar has a degree or transcript from an academic program conducted in English
Most host departments chose the interview option. In choosing the recognized test (TOEFL or IELTS) it is up to the department to decide on what test score is an acceptable minimum.
J-1 scholars and their J-2 family members are required to maintain specific health insurance coverage during their entire stay in the U.S.
Information about student interns (e.g. Visiting Student in Research).