J-1 International Exchange Visitor Program-Students (Draft)

Basic Visa Information

The J Exchange Visitor category was developed to implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961. The overall purpose of that Act, is to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world; to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.


Types of J1 Students

1. Exchange Students

Current St. Cloud State University International Exchange Students can find helpful information on our services, immigration rules and regulations, links to the international community at SCSU and additional resources that are helpful to international students as they pursue their studies and maintain their status in the United States.


2. Sponsored Students

This website is to provide information for our current St. Cloud State University International United States Government Sponsored Students from the following agencies: Fulbright, IREX Muskie, AMIDEast, IREX Pakistan, IREX UGRAD, World Learning Forecast, and World Learning UGRAD.

US Government Sponsoring Programs

There are many sponsored programs here in the United States. Below are a few of the programs here at St. Cloud State University.



The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program has provided approximately 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Below are two of the Fulbright programs that are currently here at St. Cloud State University.

  • AMIDEAST is a U.S. non-profit organization that works to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. AMIDEAST provides English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports numerous institutional development projects in the region; and administers educational exchange programs.
  • IIE brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.


"IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. They enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also focus on conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth."

World Learning

"World Learning is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. We envision a just world, driven by engaged citizens and thriving communities. To achieve this goal, our mission is to empower people and strengthen institutions through education, exchange, and development programs."





Basic Visa Information came from the source below:

Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961 [Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. § 2451, et seq.]; INA § 101(a)(15)(J); INA § 212(e); INA § 212(j); IIRIRA § 641; 22 C.F.R. Part 62; 22 C.F.R. §§ 41.62 - 41.63