J-1 Exchange Visitor: Research or Short Term Scholar, Professor

The University of North Texas has been designated by Department of State to operate a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program to bring scholars here in the categories of Researcher, Professor, and Short Term, and Student.

The Scholar Program allows international faculty, post-doctoral researchers, scientists, and other professionals to spend time at the University of North Texas participating in such activities as research, lecturing, presenting concerts. They may be working independently or in collaboration with UNT faculty. 

Exchange visitors can be invited for a period of a few weeks for up to five years.  Please note that a J-1 visa is not an appropriate fit for tenured or tenure-track positions.

If you are a J-1 Scholar, please see our Scholars page for important information.

Requesting Documents for a J-1 Exchange Visitor
Departments should first review the instructions and requirements document below. Then submit a completed DS-2019 Request Form with all required materials (all supporting documentation MUST be in English) to the J-1 Advisor at jinfo@unt.edu.


DS-2019 Request Form

Requirements for the J-1 Visa

Funding Requirements
Proof of financial support is required. Proof of financial support should be submitted with the DS-2019 Request Form.

The financial monthly requirements are listed below. The financial support proof submitted must cover the costs for the duration of their program.

  • $1,300/month for the Scholar
  • $420/month for the J-2 Spouse
  • $420/month per J-2 Child

Insurance Requirement
J-1 and J-2 Exchange Visitors are required by the Department of State to hold sufficient insurance coverage throughout the duration of their program.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Medical Benefits: At least $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of Remains: At least $25,000
  • Medical Evacuation (to home country): At least $50,000
  • Deductible: $500 or less per accident or illness