Exchange summer programs allow a group of students from a partner university or a group of students from outside the U.S. to take part in a classes or other activity. These programs are short-term and can take place throughout the summer semester or for just a couple of weeks. The Office of International programs (OIP) will help get the group obtain their DS-2019s or "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" in order for them to obtain a J-1 visa at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy. We recommend submitting the documents no later than March 1 to allow enough time for visa processing.  

The department or faculty member inviting the group will need to identify what the group will be doing at NEIU. We advise the host to reach out to the following departments ASAP to help organize the experience: The Nest for housing; A’viands for food service; the Student Union for room reservations; and of course OIP for help with visas, etc.  
Once you have outlined your program plan, and the anticipated number of students, submit the following documentations to OIP: 

Summer Program Cost Calculator** 

Summer Program Student Application** 

Summer Program Financial Form (this will be given once you have determined the cost for the program)**

**Reach out to the OIP office for these documents. 

Health Insurance Requirement 

All students participating in a summer program who have been given a DS-2019 must demonstrate health insurance coverage for the duration of their stay. The criteria that the U.S. Department of State requires is:  

Program participants and their dependents are required to have medical insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits. 

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness 

  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000 

  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000 

  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness 

Group Arrival 

Upon arrival all visiting summer participants must report to the Office of International Programs to validate their participation. We will request the following information: 

  • U.S. residence 

  • U.S. phone number and email address 

  • Visa copy with entry stamp 

  • Original financial documentation 

  • Proof of health insurance