Skip to main content
Scenes from the College of Arts and Sciences

General Information for J1 Scholars and Professors


Professor and Research Scholar Program from overseas organizations and schools join American universities in the capacity of professors and research scholars to engage in research, teaching, and lecturing in collaboration with their American colleagues. At the discretion of the responsible officer, professors may freely engage in research and research scholars may freely engage in teaching and lecturing.

For detail discussion on the professor and/or research scholar J-1 categories, visit the J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program page

All J-1 categories might be subject to the two-year residence requirement as set by USCIS, click here for more information.

To find the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consular Post that has jurisdiction over your visa application, visir

Documents to take to the Consulate:

  • DS-2019 issued and signed by URI
  • Letter of invitation and/or employment from URI
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months into the future
  • Two photographs. For more specification please visit USCIS Photo
  • Proof of I-901 SEVIS fee payment. Please click here to pay the fee.
  • For more details, please click here.

    University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881


International Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015


Place: Multicultural Center

Undergraduate Students' Time:

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Graduate Students' Time:

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.



Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)

FALL 2015 OPT workshop schedule: Available

Host Family Application Download in PDF format