International J-1 Scholars & J-1 Students

The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs, in concert with academic departments and the Intercultural Center, facilitates visiting scholars' and students' engagement in the RWU community.

International Student and Scholar Services - J1 Exchange Visitors

Roger Williams University sponsors J-1 Exchange Visitors in the following categories:

  • Students
  • Professors
  • Research Scholars
  • Short Term Scholars

The Intercultural Center, assists international scholars and students with their arrival and adjustment to Roger Williams University, including:

  • Determining Visa Eligibility
  • Prepare and Issue Visa Documents
  • Offer Advice on Immigration Procedures
  • Offer Counseling on Academic and Cultural Adjustment Issues
  • Offer Programs to Enhance the American Educational Experience

The Intercultural Center determines visa eligibility and prepares and issues all immigration documents needed for non-immigrant students, scholars and their dependents to obtain visas to come to Roger Williams University to study, teach and/or conduct research. IC staff can assist international students, scholars and their dependents with immigration benefits and procedures as well as advise them about their rights and responsibilities as non-immigrants living, studying and working in the United States, as well as financial, academic and personal issues which may impact their legal status in this country and at this university.

U.S. Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

The primary purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa is to foster the exchange of ideas between Americans and foreign nationals and to stimulate international collaborative teaching and research efforts. The J-1 visa is the easiest and quickest visa to get, but it has certain limitations which must be considered when bringing foreign faculty members and researchers to the University. Additional information on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa is available on the U.S. Department of State web site.