International Scholars


In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020. These embassies and consulates will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but  are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Given this, in conjunction with rapidly changing travel restrictions, The University of Montana has made the decision to temporarily suspend the sponsorship of J-1 nonimmigrant visas for incoming international scholars and interns.

The Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals (including scholars and researchers) with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the U.S. and to return to their home country to share their experiences.  Currently, the University of Montana sponsors the following J-1 categories:

The role of the International Students & Scholars office is to assist you in navigating the J-1 visa process and to support you and your dependents throughout your time in the United States. Explore our website or contact us directly at for more information. 

Click Here for An Overview of the J Visa Process