The J Exchange Visitor category was developed to implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961. The overall purpose of that Act, and the objective of the Exchange Visitor category, is "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges."
UMass is proud to sponsor hundreds of exchange students, scholars, and employees every year from all over the world.
Undergraduate and Graduate students attending overseas UMass partner institutions are eligible to apply for the International Exchange Program. For more information about our program, visit the University Exchange Program page.
Visiting Scholars and Employees
International scholars, researchers, and faculty who are being sponsored by a UMass Amherst academic department may be eligible for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. For more information on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, contact the relevant hosting UMass academic department.