J-1 Exchange Visitors

Whether you are an exchange student, a degree seeking student, a visiting researcher, or a faculty member, this page will provide J-1 Exchange Visitors with valuable information about your rights and responsibilities, how to maintain your immigration status and how to apply for benefits while at UT Austin.

Home Country Presence Requirement and Repeat Participation Bars

Exchange Visitors and their dependents may be subject to the 212(e) two-year home residence requirement. Learn about this requirement and any potential impact on your future plans.

English Proficiency for J-1 Scholars and Student Interns

The U.S. Department of State requires all J-1 faculty, research scholars, and student interns to have sufficient proficiency in the English language. This ensures you can successfully participate in your academic program and day-to-day life in Austin. Explore ways you can satisfy this requirement.

J-2 Dependents

Are you bringing your family with you to the U.S.? J-1 Exchange Visitors may bring their spouse and children in J-2 status as dependents.

J-1 Scholar Orientation

This is an orientation session for J-1 faculty, researchers, and interns. Exchange students and international students who plan to enroll in classes at UT do not need to attend this session.

Employment for J-1 Students

J-1 students are eligible to work in the United States under specific circumstances. Review the work authorizations available to you in J-1 status such as Academic Training and on-campus employment.

J-1 Pre-Arrival Checklist

We have created a checklist for J-1 faculty, researchers, and interns to prepare for their arrival at UT. Exchange students and international students who plan to enroll in classes at UT should reference the student checklist.

Insurance Requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors

All J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to have health insurance for themselves and their dependents. Learn about ways you can fulfill this requirement while at UT Austin.

Important Brochures for Exchange Visitors

The Department of State provides important information for J-1 Exchange Visitors. Find the most up-to-date brochures here.

J-1 Extension of Stay

An extension of stay is required for students in J-1 status who do not complete their degree program by the program end date listed on the DS-2019.

Reciprocal Exchange Students

Each year The University of Texas at Austin receives hundreds of reciprocal exchange students from our partner universities around the world.