J-1 Visiting Scholars

J Visa:  Exchange Visitor Program

Ball State University 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. The exchange visitor program at BSU 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 University to the benefit of students, faculty and staff.

Exchange visitors enter the United States on a J visa. 

Ball State University currently welcomes three categories of Exchange Visitors:
Professors, Research Scholars, and Short-Term Scholars


The professor category is for someone who is engaged primarily in teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at Ball State.

Research Scholar

This category is for someone whose primary purpose is to conduct research, observe, or consult in connection with a research project at Ball State. The research scholar’s appointment to a position is temporary.

Short-Term Scholar

This category is for someone who is 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.

If you are a Ball State faculty or staff member and are interested in hosting a visiting scholar, please contact International Services to learn more about the requirements and procedures.