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Visa Summary


These are some of the more common visa categories that International Programs will use to support international employees and international scholars that needs visa support.  The support process is always initiated by the KU hosting / hiring department.

J-1 Research Scholar / Professor
J-1 Short Term Scholar
B Visitor Visa
  • Used for short visits.
  • Restrictive criteria on payment of honoraria and/or reimbursement of expenses.
H-1B Temporary Worker
TN NAFTA Professionals
  • Canadian and Mexican citizens only.
  • Must be a KU employee.
  • Profession must be on the NAFTA list.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
  • For those in F-1 status who have completed a degree program in the U.S. and have received employment authorization from USCIS to work in a field related to their field of study.
  • Maximum period of employment is 12 months.
  • Degree granting institution maintains immigration advising responsibilities.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
  • Applicant must demonstrate sustained national and/or international acclaim and recognition for achievements.
  • Must be a KU employee.

Coming to KU to conduct research 


If you have secured your own funding from an outside source (i.e. your home government, an international organization, your home university, etc.) and you would like to come to the University of Kansas to conduct research you must have a KU professor who is willing to host or sponsor you during your time at KU.  The visa sponsorship process is started by the KU professor or department.

To find a KU professor willing to host your research program, please contact academic unit or research centers directly. Let them know if you already have funding to come to the United States.


International Calendar

One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kanas.
We have computers just for you! The AEC has its own computer lab that AEC students can use for free.
We have tutoring just for you! The AEC has an Academic Resource Center where AEC students can get free tutoring from AEC teachers.
We have Conversation Groups just for you! You can practice your English language conversation skills at our AEC Conversation Groups.
Need help? Have a question? The AEC has a team of cross-cultural advisors ready to answer your questions and help you with any problem you are facing.
We are experts at what we do! AEC faculty and administrators have a total of 701 years in International Education.