Cultural Exchange Requirement

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The J-1 exchange visitor visa was created with the primary purpose of enabling cultural exchange between the United States and other nations, thereby “building mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries.”

Cross-cultural exchange activities are an essential part of the University's J-1 exchange visitor program and of our continued ability to sponsor exchange visitors across campus.

To comply with the federal regulatory requirements of the exchange visitor program, all host units must have plans in place to offer cross-cultural exchange opportunities to J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents. OGA/ISSS is happy to support this effort and hope to highlight the presence of visiting scholars to enrich our community.

Below are some ideas for activities:

Participate in Weekly UWTea Time

This informal gathering is open to everyone on campus who is interested in International Education. The group meets at the atrium outside of the West Coast Grocery Store from 2:30 PM- 3:30PM during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters.

Participate in International Education Week (IEW)

IEW is celebrated every November during the week before Thanksgiving. Visiting Scholars are encourage to submit a proposal to host a program during IEW or showcase their culture by hosting a country table during "Around the World". To learn more about IEW, please visit this page.

Present for the Visiting Scholar Research Lecture Series

Office of Research and Office of Global Affairs host this lecture series. Here is a list of past lectures. If you are interested, please contact us!

  • "A Cultural Glimpse of the Chinese Concept of Xisheng" by Professor Yuhong Yang
  • "Reducing Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo" by Dr. Abel Ntambue Mukengeshayi
  • "Some Structural Factors Behind State Collapse: A Case Study on the Democratic Republic of Congo" by Dr. Yan Jian