Each year, Northeastern hosts a number of faculty members from universities worldwide who teach and/or perform research in a variety of academic disciplines, and we also receive professors from our partner universities. If you would like to hear more, please reach out to the Office of International Programs (OIP) at International-Programs@neiu.edu or reach us at +1(773) 442-4796.

Professors must reach out to the appropriate department in the area of concentration. You can view the department directory to contact the professor or department chair. Once you contact the department, they will notify us to help you submit the following documentation in order to be nominated, and also to obtain the DS-2019. Once you receive the documentation you will be able to apply for a J-1 Visa. 

Steps to Apply 

Contact the Department you will want to work for.

Reach out to the department chair to discuss your visiting and research intentions. 

You will also need to submit a copy of your CV and a letter of intent explaining the following: 

  •  What you will be doing while in residence? (such as research, attend classes, teach classes, etc.) 

  •  Which department you will be affiliated with 

  •  Proposed dates of the stay 

*All visiting scholars will be required to go through a background check during the application process.  

Fill out the Visiting Scholar Application Form 

Visiting Scholars will receive an application packet by email. please fill it out and submit to OIP.


You must provide financial support for the duration of your stay. If you are bringing your family you will need to provide additional funding. This information will be given to you by the Office of International Programs.

Funding types are the following:  

  1. Departmental funding: The department you are working under may or may not provide funding during your program. If you are being funded, you will need to provide a letter from the department indicating the amount you will be funded, and the duration.  

  1. Funding from your home institution/current employer: If you are being awarded funding from your current employer or institution, please submit a copy of the letter indicating the amount and the duration of the funds, indicating in USD and in English.  

  1. Personal Account: If you will be funding yourself, provide a bank letter indicating the amount in USD, in English. This can be a bank statement with - in the last six months. It must be a personal checking, savings, money market, CD, fixed deposit. NO business accounts. 

Copy of passport 

If you would like to bring your dependent, spouse/child(s)*, you will need to submit a copy of their passports and marriage/birth certificate along with your passport copy. 

*You will need to provide additional financial support for you and your family. 


Once we receive your application, nomination, your financial documentation and your passport, you will be given a DS-2019 for the duration of your program dates.  

Visa Process 

We will mail your approved letter and DS-2019. If you would like to have it expedited, we will send you a link to purchase your expedited label. Once you have all documentation you will need to pay for the I-901 SEVIS fee (i.e. the DS-2019 fee). Once you pay the I-901 fee, print it out to present it during your visa interview.  


The Pre-Arrival guide is a complete guide to help our international students,exchange students and visiting scholars get situated in Chicago. Please read and follow the pre-arrival guide. 

Health insurance

All J-1 visa holders and their dependents must have health insurance that will cover them during their whole stay in the U.S. in case of sickness or injury. You should obtain this coverage before entering the U.S. 

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. 


Once you have arrived to the U.S., please visit the Office of International Programs to validate your arrival to the Student and Exchange Visiting Information System (SEVIS). This will indicate that you have arrived in the U.S. and are maintaining your J-1 Visa status. You will need to provide the following documentation. 

  • J-1 visa copy 

  • Original financials 

  • Your U.S. residential address & phone number  

  • Health insurance copy