Services for International Employees & Scholars

Occasional Lecture and Consultations

Employment opportunities

Work authorization is limited for J-1 scholars.  Very often the only type of work authorization that can be approved is when your hosting department wants to hire you to perform your specific program activities (research/teaching). If you have an opportunity for employment, please contact International Programs immediately.  Work authorization must be pre-approved.  International Programs will write a formal authorization letter and add this information to your SEVIS record.

Academic Honorarium

Sometimes a department or another university wishes to pay a J-1 scholar an academic honorarium. For example you could give a one-time talk or presentation and the institution wishes to compensate you for the activity. This is considered remuneration and needs to be pre-approved by International Programs. Please contact International Programs before you accept.  International Programs will write a formal authorization letter.

Reimbursement of travel expenses

If a conference, seminar, workshop or any organization wishes to reimburse you for travel expenses please contact International Programs before you accept. This type of reimbursement of expenses isn’t usually considered remuneration, however, it can be complicated.  Please contact International Programs and we can write an authorization letter so that there is no confusion about you accepting the reimbursement. Sometimes the conference or institution will require an authorization letter to release funds.

Other funding scenarios

If you have a different funding opportunity, please contact International Programs.  We will determine what, if any, written authorization needs to happen before you accept the funding while you are a J-1 scholar.

Documentation for authorization letter

  • Letter from faculty advisor or department head recommending the activity and explaining how the activity will enhance the scholar’s J-1 program.
  • Letter from the institution/conference with terms and conditions, including street address of where the activity will take place, the duration of the activity, field or subject, amount of compensation (if any), and description of the activity.

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