J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
Purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program
The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to promote cultural and educational exchange between citizens of the United States and those of other countries. The program provides foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the US and then return home to share their experiences. The Exchange Visitor Program is for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange, NOT EMPLOYMENT, although many participating in an exchange program may be paid by Florida Tech. You can read more about the Exchange Visitor Program at the US Department of State website: http://exchanges.state.gov/jexchanges/index.html.
The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is responsible for administering the Exchange Visitor Program at Florida Tech and for approving and signing all documentation connected with the Exchange Visitor Program. As participants in the Program, Florida Tech has been designated as an official Program Sponsor. As participants in the program, the ISSS Office and those departments hosting Exchange Visitors are obligated to maintain the integrity of the program by following the rules and regulations designed by the US Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Included in this obligation is regular reporting through SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System).
Florida Tech's Exchange Visitor Program is defined as "a program to provide courses of study, lecturing and research opportunities, in the various fields of instruction and research conducted by Florida Tech for foreign students, professors, research scholars and short-term scholars to promote the general interest of international educational and cultural exchange."