The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth welcomes scholars from many parts of the world in the J visa category under the U.S. Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program.
The J Exchange Visitor Program is designed to invite international students and scholars to the U.S. on a temporary basis for cultural, scientific, and educational exchange. UMass Dartmouth is approved by the Department of State to sponsor students, student interns, professors, research scholars, and short-term scholars. Professors, research, and short-term scholar categories are discussed in this section. For information on students applying to exchange programs or to full-time degree programs please refer to J visa information for students.
At UMass Dartmouth, academic departments or colleges may request permission, through the department chair or dean, to sponsor scholars from outside the U.S. to participate temporarily in various academic and/or research opportunities. This information may be helpful in understanding the appointment process, and includes a checklist and data forms for information the International Student and Scholar Center will require to issue the DS-2019. Scholars use the DS-2019 to apply for the U.S. entry visa.
The Center provides J-1 scholars and interns, after arrival on campus, with general advice and assistance with campus life and personal concerns. Ongoing support for visas and other immigration forms is also available.
The following University officials are authorized to sign the DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms and other J-1 paperwork:
Responsible Officer (RO)
Christina Bruen, Director
International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC)
Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO)
Administrative Assistant ISSC