J-1 exchange visitors are individuals who come to the United States under the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor program for the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Exchange visitors accomplish this by teaching, lecturing, consulting, and/or conducting research for educational institutions such as the University of Central Florida.
Individual UCF academic departments manage the sponsorship procedure for all international exchange visitors. Once the department has offered an exchange visitor a position at UCF, International Affairs and Global Strategies will begin the process of issuing a Form DS-2019.
There are four categories of J-1 scholars at the University of Central Florida: