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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. The Exchange Visitor Program Participant Welcome Brochure 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.

Academic Appointment Requirement

All J-1 Scholars are required to hold a full-time academic appointment with the Johns Hopkins University. To this end, positions posted through University Human Resources (non-academic staff positions), Johns Hopkins Hospital or Johns Hopkins Health Systems are not eligible for sponsorship under the JHU Exchange Visitor Program. In addition, the program cannot be used for tenure-track faculty positions or for part-time academic appointments.


In 2019, the University established a policy for Visiting Faculty, Scholars and Students. Schools and Departments should be familiar with the requirements this places on all Visiting appointments, for both foreign and domestic visitors. As a result of the policy, some Schools may need to revise or develop internal processes to comply with the new policy, and in some circumstances, the OIS may be unable to extend immigration sponsorship where a School is unable to comply with all requirements set forth in the policy.


Minimum Funding Requirements

A minimum of $2,000 per month * is required to support a scholar at Johns Hopkins University; an additional $300 per month is required for an accompanying spouse, and for each accompanying child.  In addition, if JHU is not paying the exchange visitor's health insurance premium, the exchange visitor must show the estimated cost of health insurance for themselves and dependent family members for the duration of their stay.

*Please note that funding for postdoctoral fellows must meet or exceed the NRSA/NIH minimum requirements and that JHU policy requires the faculty sponsor to pay for the fellow's health insurance.

English Proficiency Requirement

The Exchange Visitor is required to possess English language proficiency to successfully participate in his/her program and function in the U.S. on a day-to-day basis. Proficiency must be determined by an acceptable objective measurement.

Clinical Training Prohibition

The Exchange Visitor program of the Johns Hopkins University may not be used for appointment into any JHU clinical training program. The only exchange program authorized to sponsor foreign medical graduates as J-1 exchange visitors for medical internships, residencies, specialized clinical training, and in other positions involving more than incidental patient contact, is the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

If you have questions about J-1 Exchange Visitor status, please contact the OIS at