Services for International Employees & Scholars

J-1 Responsibilities

As a J-1 research scholar, professor or short-term scholar there are numerous regulations that must be followed to maintain legal J status:

  • Complete online check-in through your iHawk account»
  • Attend New Scholar Orientation with International Programs after arrival in the United States.
  • Maintain health insurance coverage throughout entire period of J status. Health insurance must meet U.S. Department of State requirements.
  • Maintain valid passport at all times.
  • Maintain valid DS-2019, which accurately reflects your purpose for being at KU. If it is close to expiring, request an extension from host department.
  • Obtain travel signature on DS-2019 prior to traveling outside the United States.
  • Report any life event that may affect immigration status such as birth of a child, marriage, change of legal name, divorce or death. This rule also extends to J-2 dependents.
  • Receive employment authorization prior to the start of any activity.
  • Report any change of address through your iHawk account within 10 days.

International Calendar

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.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times