New Visiting Scholars

Welcome! Each year the University of Connecticut hosts hundreds of visiting scholars from around the world who are advanced students, faculty, scientists, researchers and other experts in their field, to perform research, teaching, or other scholarly activity at the University. We also host student interns - current students in their home countries who are coming to the University to conduct an internship required for your degree. If you have been invited by a UConn department, school, or institute to be a visiting scholar or student intern, International Student and Scholar Services is here to help you navigate the visa process and other aspects of life at the University.

Your hosting department at UConn will initiate the visa process on your behalf by requesting a Form DS-2019 for you and any accompanying dependent family members. Visiting scholars at UConn apply for J-1 Exchange Visitor visas after receiving Form DS-2019 from your department.  This webpage contains information to help you prepare for your arrival after you receive your Form DS-2019.


Apply for the Visa

Step 1: Review your Form DS-2019 for accuracy, and sign at the bottom. If you have accompanying dependents, they should sign their own DS-2019 as well (except for children under age 14 - you should sign for them).

Step 2: Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. This $220 fee can be paid at If you are a citizen of or were born in the countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Gambia, you cannot pay online by credit card, but may pay by money order or through Western Union Quick Pay. Only J-1 visa applicants pay this fee – it is not paid for accompanying J-2 dependents. Print your payment receipt, as this will be needed at your visa interview and for entry to the United States.

Step 3: Follow the instructions on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you, to apply for your J-1 visa. If you have accompanying dependents with Forms DS-2019, they will apply for J-2 visas. Citizens of Canada or Bermuda are not required to apply for a visa stamp at a U.S. embassy or consulate, but you will be required to present your Form DS-2019 for admission in J-1 status at a U.S. port of entry when you travel to the U.S. to begin your program.

Step 4: If your visa application is delayed and you will not be able to arrive to begin your program on your DS-2019 program start date, you must notify your hosting department and ISSS. We will need to issue for you a new Form DS-2019.

You may arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your Form DS-2019. This gives you time to settle in before beginning your appointment at UConn.

Prepare for Arrival

J-1 Visiting Scholar Pre-Arrival Information

Pre-Arrival Information for J-1 Scholars
Purchase Medical Insurance

Click on "Resources" above for information on getting a driver's license, finding housing off-campus or other information on how to prepare for your visit.

Check-In at ISSS

All Visiting Scholars must check in with ISSS within 3 business days after arrival. Failure to check in may result in a termination of your SEVIS record, and you will have to depart the U.S.  Review our check-in information to learn what you need to bring for check-in. 

Fall 2020: Visiting scholars will submit their arrival documents online through the ISSS Portal only. You are not required to check-in in-person at the ISSS office. After you have submitted your arrival documents, you will receive an email from ISSS with an invitation to attend a brief orientation meeting provided by ISSS for new visiting scholars.


All visiting scholars on J-1 visas must attend a J-1 Scholar Orientation at ISSS. This 90-minute orientation is given on the first Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m.You will sign up for orientation upon check in at ISSS.

WATCH: J-1 Scholar Orientation (04/03/2020)

Student/Exchange Visitor Applicants Privacy Notice

For information on the University’s privacy policy and how it relates to international students and exchange visitors, please visit here