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J (Exchange Visitor) Information

The U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program is designed to promote international academic, scientific, and cultural exchange in order to develop mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. This program is utilized to bring Exchange Visitors to the U.S. on a temporary basis to engage in exchange activities in various "categories."  Exchange Visitors to UIC include: Research Scholar, Student Intern, or Professor, among others. The nature and scope of the Exchange Visitor's visit to the U.S. will guide our office in determining the most suitable category for each visitor.  The Exchange Visitor program should not be used as a general means of employment, though the source of funding may be from a U.S. sponsor, including UIC.

In addition to their exchange activities at UIC, Exchange Visitors are encouraged to participate in cross-cultural learning opportunities.  The Office of International Services offers several opportunities to experience American culture as well as luncheons and a Lunchtime Speaker Series to supplement their learning experience.