J-1 Specific Requirements

English Proficiency

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:

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.

Health Insurance

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.

Student Interns

Information about student interns (e.g. Visiting Student in Research).