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J-1 Scholar Program at W&M

William & Mary values the exchange of ideas, people, research, and culture as central to its mission of furthering human knowledge and understanding.

Aligned with this mission, the Office of International Students, Scholars & Programs (ISSP) administers the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program at W&M and VIMS. Through the W&M Exchange Visitor Program, we bring students and scholars from around the world to advance the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community engagement at W&M and to promote mutual understanding among people of diverse backgrounds.

J-1 Scholar Eligibility

To be eligible for sponsorship in a J-1 scholar category, the individual typically must hold the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher. Exceptions exist for artists, musicians, and performers.

Learn more about the J-1 scholar categories available at W&M and VIMS.

J-1 Scholar Sponsorship

An invitation by an academic department or unit is required for J-1 sponsorship. See J-1 Scholar Sponsorship for more information.

Enrolling in Courses

J-1 scholars may enroll in courses for credit on a part-time basis. At the discretion of the program, school or department, they may audit as many courses, provided it does not interfere with the primary purpose of research or teaching for which the DS-2019 was issued. If the scholar wishes to begin a degree program full time, they must first be approved for a change of category or change of status.