Services for International Employees & Scholars


Extension of a J-1 scholar's SEVIS record is based on their continued appointment at KU.  Extensions are permitted if the scholar will perform the same program activity.  Please keep in mind that the both the J-1 Research Scholar and J-1 Professor categories have a maximum stay of five years, while the J-1 Short Term Scholar has a maximum stay of six months.  It is not possible to extend beyond these time periods. 

The following conditions must be met before an extension can be approved.

  • The program must not extend beyond the maximum duration (6 months to 5 years depending on the J scholar category).
  • The program activity (research activity or teaching activity) will not change.
  • Additional proof of additional financial support covering the full extension time period.
  • Scholar must provide proof of health insurance coverage for extension time period.


The J-1 Extension process must be initiated by the KU academic unit or research center.  Please begin the process by submitting the "J-1 Extension Program Information" e-form in the Departmental Services section of iHawk».  If you do not yet have departmental access to iHawk, please look at the instructions on how to request access

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 Kansas.
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.