Program & Application Guidelines
Applicants are highly advised to plan their arrivals according to the Washington College of Law academic calendar.
- Fall Semester (anticipated arrival in August): End of February
- Spring Semester (anticipated arrival in January): End of July
- Summer Sessions (anticipated arrival in May): End of September
If your dates of visit do not correspond with the WCL academic calendar, please apply 6 months before the date you plan to arrive.
- International Visitor Application Form (click to download form)
- Exchange Visitor Application Form (click to download form)
- Copies of passport
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of research objectives: Please indicate where you learned about WCL's International Visitors Program
- Letter of reference from employer or institution
- Official TOEFL score report (minimum 240 or 250 preferred)
- $65 application fee (payable by money order or a U.S. bank-issued check, made to "Washington College of Law")
- Proof of financial funds: A minimum of $1,600/month must be available to meet the estimated minimum expenses. Exchange Visitors who will not receive financial support from American University must submit current bank statements or other financial documents verifying their ability to support themselves (and dependents, if applicable) for the duration of their stay in the United States. If the J-1 applicant will be accompanied by dependents, additional support will be required: $5,500/year minimum for spouse, $4,000/year for each child.
Copies of Passport
Statement of research objectives: Please indicate where you learned about WCL's International Visiting Scholars Program
Letter of reference from employer or institution
Official TOEFL score report (minimum 240 or 250 preferred)
$65 application fee (payable by money order or a U.S. bank-issued check, made to "Washington College of Law")
Sponsorship for J-1 Visa Required:
To read more about the Exchange visitor J-1 visa requirements, please visit the U.S. State Department's visa site.
No J-1 Visa Sponsorship Required:
Successful applicants will have a strong academic background, a focused research proposal, and proficient English language skills.
ARRIVAL DATE AND ORIENTATION
International Scholars must arrive in the United States before or on the start date of the program. Upon arrival, International Scholars will meet with the International Programs Coordinator, who will be the main contact throughout the research period upon arrival in D.C. In addition, scholars will meet with International Student & Scholar Services regarding J-1 visa issues.
International Scholars are provided with an AU ID card and access to our state-of-the-art library for research, telephone services (excluding long distance), computer labs and meeting rooms. Additional information will be given upon arrival.
Participants in this program pay a monthly program fee of $250.00, and are responsible for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and any related living costs. Additional proof of finance is needed for dependants, and health coverage is required for visitors and dependents.
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents are required to have health insurance that meets the minimum provisions of coverage as outlined by the United States State Department (DOS). For more information and for a list of insurance companies, please visit: http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/J-1-Health-Insurance-Compliance.cfm
The International Legal Studies Program administers the International Visiting Scholars Program in consultation with the Office of the Dean, the Office of Grants and Programs, the Pence Law Library, and the International Student and Scholar Services Office.