International Visiting Scholars
The primary purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa is to foster the exchange of ideas between Americans and foreign nationals and to stimulate international collaborative teaching and research efforts. The J-1 visa is the easiest and quickest visa to get, but it has certain limitations which must be considered when bringing foreign faculty members and researchers to the University. Additional information on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa is available on the U.S. Department of State website.
The Office of International Programs & Services encourages all academic departments to considering hosting Exchange Visitors (EVs) as either a Professor, Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar, or, in limited cases, Student. Carefully read through the instructions and campus procedures on Page 1 of the Request to Host an Exchange Visitor form. Once you are ready to obtain approval to host an EV, use the Approval Request Form to acquire all necessary signatures from campus officials.
If you are unsure about how begin this process or have more questions about Georgia Southern’s Exchange Visitor Programs, contact Dr. Dorothee Mertz-Weigel (Director/DSO/ARO).
- Request To Host Exchange Visitor Form
To be completed by the prospective EV and the hosting department/supervisor
- Host EV Approval Request Form
To be circulated with required documentation
- Hosting Visiting Scholars Sample Letter Of Invitation
Template vetted by Legal Affairs. To be issued by the hosting department on official university letterhead with original signature(s).
Last updated: 7/5/2018