Exchange Visitor Program encourages intellectual pursuits
Gallaudet University is authorized by the United States Department of State to operate the Exchange Visitor Program under the categories of Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Specialist, and Student. The purpose of the program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange.
The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences. Gallaudet University hosts Exchange Visitors in the Student classification of associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, non-degree, and intern.
An Exchange Visitor in this category is partially or wholly funded by his/her own government, the U.S. government, or Gallaudet University, and must attend orientation during the semester of his/her arrival at Gallaudet University. He or she is expected to register for a full course load each semester: 9 credits as a graduate student, or 12 credits as an undergraduate student.
An Exchange Visitor in the Student category is an individual who is studying at Gallaudet University:
- a. Pursuing a full course of study leading to or culminating in the award of a degree, or
b. Engaged full-time in a prescribed course of study of up to 24 months
- Engaged in academic training as permitted
- Engaged in English language training
A brief description of each of the categories can be found in the sublinks on this site.