Please Note: Effective May 15, 2015, the U. S. Department of State will increase their minimum insurance requirements. Please visit our J-1 Students' Health Insurance page for more details.
The J-1 student visa is used for different types of Exchange Visitor students at UMass Dartmouth:
- non-degree students in the University exchange programs under an agreement between their home institutions and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
- non-degree home government-sponsored students, like Science Without Borders (SWB)
- non-degree students in special summer programs
- degree students with a Fulbright award
- degree students with home government sponsorship
Depending on your category, different offices or advisors will be in charge of your study program and other academic matters such as billing and financial issues. This is further explained under the Degree Status and Non-Degree Status links below.
In some cases the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) issues the DS-2019 form that will enable you to apply for a
J-1 entry visa. The Center also provides J-1 students with general advice and assistance with campus life and personal concerns. Ongoing support for visas and other immigration forms is available.
The J-1 visa differs from the F-1 visa in important ways. Authorization for this program comes from U. S. Department of State, although the regulation and reporting are under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies, as are other visa types. Before applying for a J-1 visa, you must pay the SEVIS fee. Learn more about the J-1 visa and the SEVIS fee.
|Please review the summary of requirements below, as well as the links at the very bottom of the page.|
Summary of Requirements for J-1 Visa
The section below contains actions that you are responsible for as a student at UMass Dartmouth on a J-1 visa.
Most Important: Contact the International Student & Scholar Center if you are unsure about any of the regulations or procedures that affect your J-1 status.
|THINGS YOU MUST ALWAYS DO AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AT UMASS DARTMOUTH
THINGS YOU MUST NEVER DO AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AT UMASS DARTMOUTH
THINGS ALWAYS REQUIRING SPECIAL PERMISSION
WHEN MUST I LEAVE THE U.S.?
A Note About Health Insurance
All enrolled international students must carry health insurance:
- J-1 non-degree students in University exchange programs may be covered by health insurance from their home countries. It is your responsibility to consult with the UMass Dartmouth Health Services to determine if your insurance meets the U.S. Department of State and Massachusetts requirements.
- J-1 degree students and Science Without Borders students must purchase U.S. health insurance (through UMass Dartmouth) even if previously or concurrently covered by home-country insurance.
- J-1 Fulbright scholars may use the insurance provided by their agency but must have their insurance reviewed and cleared by UMass Dartmouth Health Services. Please see the additional information in the Health Insurance link.
The following University officials are authorized to sign UMass Dartmouth DS-2019 forms and other J-1 paperwork:
Responsible Officer (RO)
Christina Bruen, Director
International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC)
Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)
Administrative Assistant ISSC
Please review this additional information about the J-1 visa:
- Degree Students
- Non-Degree Students
- Two-Year Rule
- Length of Stay
- Grace Period
- Health Insurance
- Spouse or Dependents