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The J-1 Exchange Visitor program was founded as part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (The Fulbright–Hays Act) and falls under the purview of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States (U.S.) and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges. Please visit U.S. Department of State's website, to learn more about the J-1 Exchange Program.  

You can also read their The Exchange Visitor Program Participant Welcome Brochure that contains contact information for the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Private Sector Program Division which designates all program sponsors including JHU.