The University of Colorado Denver is an official program sponsor for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program as authorized by the Department of State. The broad purpose of the J-1 program is to promote international educational and cultural exchange to develop mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Under the Department of State’s authorization, CU Denver can offer prospective exchange visitors opportunities for study and research. The CU Denver J-1 program is appropriate for:

  • Visiting researchers and professors at all levels
  • Post-doctoral fellows performing a specified research program
  • Physicians offered a position listed above who are NOT involved in any direct patient care and do not have any form of contact with patients. A letter of offer or letter of invitation signed by the faculty sponsor, the department chair, and the prospective J-1 scholar attesting there will be no direct patient care or patient contact is required. A specific research program must be described in the letter of offer or invitation.


The Department of State allows CU Denver to use the following titles when issuing J-1 scholar invitations:

  • Visiting Professor (3 weeks to 5 Years)
  • Research Scholar (3 weeks to 5 Years)
  • Short Term Scholar (1 day to 6 Months)
  • Specialist (3 weeks to 1 year)
  • Student Intern (3 weeks to 1 year)

CU Denver also hosts Fulbright scholars, ECFMG Alien Physicians, and Postdoctoral Fellows.

For more information about J-1 Scholars, see the J-1 Overview, and for additional information, also see our updated J-1 English Language Proficiency Policy.

For the Departure of a J-1, please complete the J-1 Departure Form.