Admitted Visiting Scholars

Visas for Studying in the United States

All international visiting scholars at the University of Washington who are not U.S. citizens must maintain a valid visa status for the duration of their visit (limited exceptions apply). Upon acceptance, the Visiting Scholars Program Coordinator and the UW Office of International Scholars (ISO) will assist the scholar in obtaining the documents (DS-2019 form) necessary in order to request a J-1 visa. For more information, please check the University of Washington J-1 Reference Guide.


New Visiting Scholars Law School orientation takes place by appointment, typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Law School (443 William H. Gates Hall) or as otherwise arranged. It is timed to allow new Visiting Scholars to attend the mandatory visa check-in with IS0 offered Tuesdays at 3pm and Thursdays at 10am.

When paying your program and DS-2019 fees, please note that we strongly prefer credit card payments but will accept personal checks, money orders and travelers checks (exact amount) when pre-arranged. No cash please.

J-1 Scholars must check-in with ISO within 30 days of arrival to the U.S. in 239 Gerberding Hall at 3pm on Tuesdays. Please register online to attend at .

Visiting Scholars are also invited to participate in our international programs orientation events during the 3rd week of September, prior to the start of fall quarter classes.

Other usuful information about coming to the U.S., health insurance, and other resources is available at the University of Washington J-1 Reference Guide and the ISO Resources page.

Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice

All international Visiting Scholars are welcome to participate in the Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice at the University of Washington School of Law for an additional fee.

The Summer Institute is a two-week intensive non-credit program at the Law School specifically designed to introduce international law students and attorneys to the structure, culture, and thinking of the American Legal System. The program focuses on three areas—Introduction to the American Legal System and Practice, Legal Skills and Methodology, and Legal English. Sample topics include the United States Constitution, government branches and sources of law, the criminal and civil court systems and procedures, how to read and brief cases, and persuasive legal writing and argumentation. All will be taught by law faculty and practitioners who are experienced in cross-cultural communication.

English Programs

Visiting Scholars are may enroll in a UW or similar ESL course during their stay on a part time basis only, as the Visitng Scholar visa status requires full time engagement in research. Separate fees apply for ESL courses. See additional information about UW’s ESL courses or contact AEP advisor at .


UW affiliated housing: Housing on campus is typically for students only. As a Visiting Scholar you are considered faculty, which makes you eligible to rent an apartment in Radford Court off campus. It is a very nice complex not to far from the University and on the bus route.

Visiting Faculty Housing Service: Many Visiting Scholars make arrangements through the visiting faculty housing office.  Please look at their website or contact them directly by e-mail at . This is where faculty on sabbatical and other individuals nearby the University will typically list their houses, and visitors seeking housing would list their needs. The office will then try to match up directly.

Off-campus housing: you can obtain current price information from any of the following sources that show apartments to rent. Seattle is divided into numerous unique neighborhoods. Most University of Washington students prefer to live in neighborhoods such as the University District, Ravenna, Wallingford, or Capitol Hill for their proximity to the University.

Homestay - If you would like to live with a host family for a short time before finding permanent housing or prefer to rent a room in someone's home, you can contact our homestay referral center or the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS).

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