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J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is pleased to host students and scholars in its Exchange Visitor program as well as those who are under the program sponsorship of outside agencies and organizations.

A Brief History

The J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) program was created by the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 to facilitate educational and cultural exchange. The overall purpose of the Exchange Visitor program, administered by the Department of State (DOS), is to increase mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange between people of the United States and the world. The exchange programs at UMB seek to do this primarily through research, instruction, and study.

UMBC’s J-1 program allows for non-clinical instruction, research, and educational exchange. As a J-1 EV program sponsor, UMBC is obligated to comply with the U.S. Department of State’s procedures and regulations. The J-1 program is divided into categories which correspond to the purpose of the visit and the proposed activities.

UMBC is approved to sponsor the following categories:

  • Short-Term Scholar – Appointments lasting no more than 6 months
  • Professor/Research Scholar – Appointments of a minimum of 3 weeks to a maximum of 5 years
  • Bachelor’s Students – Externally funded degree-seeking undergraduates, usually by a government entity
  • Master’s Students – Externally funded degree-seeking masters-level students, usually by a government entity
  • Doctoral Students – Externally funded degree-seeking Ph.D. students, usually by a government entity
  • Non-degree Students – Visiting non-degree bilateral exchange student visitors

NO staff titles are eligible for J-1 sponsorship.

Departments should consult the following website for an outline of UMBC appointments and corresponding titles.

J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars and Professors

J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars and Professors are limited to employment at UMBC that is consistent with the intent of their program and their J-1 category. Under certain circumstances, they may be approved for employment at other locations. This employment, in addition to their activities at UMBC, must be consistent with their original program objective (i.e. occasional lectures, consultations at other academic institutions) and they must have IES authorization in writing prior to beginning such employment.

J-1 Students (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and Non-Degree Students) **********

J-1 Students (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and Non-Degree Students) may be authorized to work on-campus, or off-campus pursuant to Academic Training (AT).