Exchange Visitor Program

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Pfeiffer actively promotes educational and cultural exchanges to encourage mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Our exchange student program offers opportunities for foreign visitors to teach, observe, study, consult, conduct research and share specialized skills or knowledge.

Visitor Program Legal Issues

The U.S. Department of State administers the Exchange Visitor Program under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. The Act promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States with the expectation that on completion of their exchange program, they will return home to share their experiences.

  • Sponsors: The U.S. Department of State designates U.S. organizations such as government agencies, academic institutions, corporations and educational and cultural organizations as administrators of exchange visitor programs. These organizations are known as sponsors. Sponsors screen and select exchange visitors to participate in their programs based on the regulations governing the exchange activity and stated in 22 CFR Part 62. Sponsors provide participants pre-arrival information and an orientation. They also monitor their activities throughout their exchange program.

  • Responsible Officers: Sponsors appoint individuals as responsible officers and alternate responsible officers to advise and assist exchange visitors. These officers issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form DS-2019) and conduct official communications with the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on your behalf. Should you have any questions about the regulations or any aspect of your exchange program, your initial and primary contact is the sponsor. Unless provided specific contact information by your sponsor, you should contact the person whose name and telephone number can be found on your Form DS-2019.

  • Exchange Visitor: An exchange visitor is a foreign national selected by a sponsor to participate in an exchange visitor program and who is seeking to enter or has entered the United States temporarily on a J-1 visa.

  • Spouse and Dependents: Some categories of the Exchange Visitor Program permit a spouse and/or unmarried children, under 21 years of age, to accompany an exchange visitor to the United States. These individuals are dependents of the J-1 and may apply for J-2 visas with the permission of your sponsor.

Visit Pfeiffer University

Make Pfeiffer University your international destination. Contact our international students advisor to access the necessary forms.


Rebecca Hraczo
Coordinator, International Students

[email protected]
(704) 463-3368

Mailing address:
International Center
Pfeiffer University
48380 US Hwy 52 North
P.O. Box 960
Misenheimer, N.C. 28109-0960
Fax: (704) 463-3356
Main: (704) 463-1363