Services for International Employees & Scholars

Eligibility Requirements

The J-1 scholar program promotes mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries by education and cultural exchange.  The Exchange Visitor Program Participant Welcome Brochure» contains contact information for the U.S. Department of Sate Exchange Visitor Program, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Private Sector Program Division which designates all program sponsors including the University of Kansas.

  • Minimum Funding Requirements
    A minimum of $1,000.00 per month is required to support a scholar at the University of Kansas. An additional $350 per month is required for a spouse, and each accompanying child. PLEASE NOTE: for applications started after August 1, 2018 the minimum funding requirement will be $1,350 per month for the scholar and an additional $550 per month for each accompanying dependent.
  • KU Appointment Requirement
    All scholars are required to hold a formal appointment at the University of Kansas, such as Visiting Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers, Fellows, as well as other temporary academic appointments.  The J-1 visa can not be used for tenure-track appointments.
  • English Language Ability Requirement
    The scholar must posses English language ability to successfully participate in his/her program and function in the United States on a day-to-day basis.  Since each scholar's program will have unique objectives, the KU department host will determine required levels of English for their scholar.

Please note: if you do not have a KU department host, then your first step is to contact departments and inquire if they are willing and able to host your research/teaching agenda. Once a KU department agrees to host your program, they will submit information to International Programs.  You will soon receive request to submit information through our iHawk management system.  You will be submit information about yourself, previous visits to the United States, funding information and English language ability.


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Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times