International Students and Scholars Office

Prospective Scholars

We are here to help you, both before you come to CPP and throughout your stay.

The United States created the J Exchange Visitor category for the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Where there is a clear relationship between institutions with an established exchange agreement, the DS-2019 document issued to the J exchange visitor confirms the partnership between institutions and establishes credibility in the visa application process.

Many of the international faculty members, researchers, and scholars who come to Cal Poly Pomona are J-1 exchange visitors. University administrative and professional staff delegations from partner institutions coming to CPP to collaborate on existing exchange agreements and develop new agreements will most often be J-1 Exchange Visitors.

Depending on your J-1 category, you may come here to work on a special project for a few days, or teach or conduct research for as long as five years.

All J scholars and dependent family members must have health insurance for the duration of their program. Insurance can be purchased before arrival in the United States from your home country, or you can purchase insurance from our office upon arrival in the United States. Costs vary depending on many factors. Learn about minimum coverage levels, the CPP health insurance plan, and more.

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is a resource for you throughout your J-1 program. Whether you are applying for a visa or you are already on campus, we will do our best to answer your questions. Contact us.

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