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

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.