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J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Information

*Notice for Spring 2025

The ISSS Office will evaluate DS-2019 applications for the Spring of 2025 starting September 15th, 2024 for J-1 scholar applicants.


The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to promote cultural and educational exchange between citizens of the United States and those of other countries. The program provides foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the US and then return home to share their experiences.

The Exchange Visitor Program is for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange, NOT EMPLOYMENT, although many participating in an exchange program may be paid by Texas Tech University. You can read more about the different J-1 Exchange Visitor Program categories hosted at TTU on the US Department of State website.

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is responsiblefor administering the Exchange Visitor Program at TTU and for approving and signing all documentation connected with the Exchange Visitor Program. As participants in the Program, TTU has been designated as an official Program Sponsor. As participants in the program, the ISSS Office and those departments hosting Exchange Visitors are obligated to maintain the integrity of the program by following the rules and regulations designed by the US Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Included in this obligation is regular reporting through SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System).

Please see the ISSS Chart that compares the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa with another common visa used for the purpose of employing non-immigrants here at TTU, the H-1B visa. 

Check-In for Exchange Visitors

All J-1 Research Scholars, Professors, Short-term Scholars, Students and Specialists must check-in at the Office of International Affairs shortly after arrival in Lubbock.

Everyone arriving to check-in should bring their passport, DS-2019 and I-94 card (for you and your family, if applicable) Check-in will normally take one hour.