Exchange Visitors - Visiting Scholars

Who are scholars?

As used in this website, “scholars” refers to foreign nationals invited by a Webster department to teach, lecture, observe, and conduct research at Webster University or at a site affiliated with Webster University.

Purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program 

“The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences and to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries”. (22 CFR 62.1 (b)).

Participants in the Exchange Visitor Program enter the U.S. on a J visa. J-1 scholar status is limited to those who hold University temporary, "visiting" academic positions. It cannot be used for tenure-track faculty positions, regular faculty or support positions, administrative positions, or staff positions.

General Eligibility

  • The sponsoring department has determined that the visiting scholar has the appropriate academic credentials. In general, a prospective scholar should have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • The sponsoring department has determined that the scholar is proficient in English to undertake the program for which he or she is selected.
  • The Webster host department or the scholar must provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover all expenses, including additional financial funds to support any accompanying family members.
  • The exchange visitor and his or her accompanying family members must carry health insurance that meets the minimum federal health insurance requirement by providing coverage for accidents or illness, as well as for medical evacuation and repatriation.