UF Administrators & Faculty

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is the official Program Sponsor designated by the Department of State (DOS) to administer J-1 Exchange Visitor programs at UF. The Exchange Visitor Services unit (EVS) at UFIC interprets federal regulations covering the exchange visitor program, and administers the program for international visitors to UF in any of the J 1 visa categories. EVS works closely with academic units sponsoring the exchange visitors and with support units across campus to help assure that the visitors are able to complete their programs at UF successfully, comply with immigration regulations, and fulfill the requirements of the Exchange Visitor program for educational and cultural exchange.

Research scholars and professors who are invited to visit the University of Florida to conduct research, observe, teach or consult on a temporary basis may be sponsored for the J Exchange Visitor program. For more information about the J-1 Program at the University of Florida and the procedures associated with it, please select the appropriate link on our menus.


Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of State is asking J-1 sponsors to ensure that exchange visitors have sufficient English proficiency to perform their jobs or complete their academic programs; to navigate daily life in the United States; to read and comprehend program materials; to understand fully their responsibilities, rights, and protections; and to know how to obtain assistance, if necessary. EVS has made changes to the application packet to document language competence.