Ball State has been warmly welcoming exchange visitors since 1951.

We provide visiting scholars with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences.

Hosting visiting professors and research scholars promotes mutual enrichment and connections between Ball State and other research and educational institutions around the world.

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The exchange visitor program at Ball State provides visiting professors and research scholars the opportunity to engage in research, teaching, and lecturing with their American colleagues, to participate actively in cross-cultural activities with Americans, and ultimately to share with their countrymen their experiences and increased knowledge of the United States and their substantive fields.

Visiting scholars also help to diversify and enhance the quality of education at Ball State to the benefit of students, faculty, and staff.

Exchange visitors enter the United States on a J visa.

Categories of Exchange Visitors

Professor – You are engaged primarily in teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at Ball State.

Research scholar – Your primary purpose is to conduct research, observe, or consult in connection with a research project at Ball State. Your appointment to a position is temporary.

Short-term scholar – You are a professor, research scholar, or person with similar education or accomplishments coming to Ball State on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills.