This page explains why some J-1 visa students are in the category of non-degree-seeking.
Many J-1 students are enrolled at UMass Dartmouth for a formally-approved program of study but will not receive a degree and diploma from UMass Dartmouth.
Admission to the University for non-degree J-1 international students in formal exchange programs is processed through the International Programs Office (IPO)
- the student submits the required information about current visa status and finances to the IPO.
- the IPO sends to the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) a request for creation of an initial DS 2019 form.
- the IPO mails the DS 2019 form to the student, who uses it to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate abroad (usually in the student’s home country.)
- After arrival at the University, the IPO will help with
- aspects of your study program
- questions about the exchange agreements
- academic issues such as billing and financial matters
- After arrival at the University, the the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) will help with
- general advice and assistance with campus life and personal concerns
- ongoing support for visas and other immigration forms
- other matters outside your academic program
Admission to the University is processed through the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) for non-degree J-1 students who enroll
- through an outside agency (IIE/LASPAU), like the Brazilian Science Without Borders students
- through a University department; for example, the summer programs in Portuguese.
The ISSC invites J-1 non-degree students to use us as an on-campus resource in addition to your IIE or LASPAU agency.
Academic advising for non-degree J-1 students
- non-degree students receive academic advising from a faculty member
- SWB students are assigned to the Assistant or Associate Dean of their college
Updated August 21, 2014