A J-1 Scholar is a visiting researcher, professor, or specialist from a country outside of the United States who has been approved to enter the United States for a specific purpose and for a limited amount of time. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for the express purpose of promoting international educational exchange of expertise and stimulating collaborative teaching and research efforts. Exchange is truly at the core of the program and based on this philosophy and directive.
The International Student Center works with the Provost's Office and the hiring department to determine eligibility and issue DS-2019 documents to Exchange Visitors appointed to positions at Swarthmore College. Through individualized advising, we assist and support J-1 visa holders in maintaining compliance with applicable regulations and adjusting to life in the U.S.
Current scholars can make an advising appointment via the Scholar Portal.