Study & Exchange

The United States supports international education and welcomes foreign students and exchange visitors. If you are a returning student, please check to see if you are eligible for the Interview Waiver Program HERE.

The United States supports international education and welcomes foreign students and exchange visitors. Students and exchange visitors must be accepted by their schools or program sponsors before applying for visas.

For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor (B) visa can be used.  Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate, is permitted on a visitor (B) visa.

Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, distance learning which includes a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus requires an F-1 visa.

For more information on study & exchange visas please visit the Department of State website.

You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.

F Visa: attend University or College, High School, Private elementary school, Seminary, Conservatory, another academic institution, including a language training program

M Visa: attend vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program.

Exchange visitor (J-1) visas are nonimmigrant visas for individuals approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States.