J-1 Exchange Scholars

How To Apply:


Step 1: Create Account

  • Before you can apply, you need to create a non-Bellevue College account to use during the application process. If you are accepted, you will get a Bellevue College NetID¬†to use while you are a student.
  • You only need to create a non-Bellevue College account once. If you are a current student re-applying, or if you already started an application and would like to continue, you do not need to create a new account.
 Create Account

Step 2: Start Application

  • After you create your non-Bellevue College account, you can apply for J-1 Exchange Scholar admission to Bellevue College
Start Application

J-1 Exchange Scholar Programs Information:


Click on each “tab” below to view more detailed information for “What is it?”, “Offered Programs”, “Requirements”, “Program Cost”, and “Insurance Requirements”.

What is J-1 Exchange Visiting Scholar Program?

This is a program that Scholars facilitate the exchange of ideas, skills, research, teaching, etc., in a variety of fields between people of the United States and people of other countries. The duration periods are ranging from a few weeks to several years.

Which J-1 Exchange Visiting Scholar Programs/Categories Does Bellevue College Sponsor?

The US Department of State allows Bellevue College (BC) to sponsor these J-1 Scholar categories: Professor, Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar, and Specialists.

Depending on which category you are interested and qualified for, the duration of stay of participation is different.

  • Professor:

    This category is for those primarily are involved in teaching, lecturing, observing or consulting at Bellevue College. A Professor may also conduct research.
    * Duration: Minimum is one quarter, and maximum is 5 years.

  • Research Scholar:

    This category is for those primarily want to conduct research, observe or consult in connection with a research project at Bellevue College. The research scholar may also teach and lecture.
    * Duration: Minimum is 3 weeks, and maximum is 5 years.

  • Short-term Scholar:

    A professor, research scholar, or person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the U.S. on a short-term visit to lecture, observe, consult, train, or demonstrate special skills at Bellevue College.
    * Duration: Minimum is 1 week, but maximum is 6 months.

  • Specialist:

    This is for experts who will exhibit specialized knowledge or skills in the U.S. Such exchanges are primarily non-academic and provide opportunities to increase the exchange of knowledge and ideas between Americans and foreign specialists. (22 CFR 62.26)
    * Duration: Minimum is 3 weeks, and maximum is 1 year.

  • Completed an online J-1 Exchange Scholar Application Form
  • $50 Non-Refundable application fee, due with application
  • Personal Plan and Goal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of Scholar’s passport photo and expiration date page(s)
  • Copy of dependent passport photo and expiration date page(s), who travel(s) with Scholar to the US
  • Financial verification statements, in English, showing in USD the total required amount depending on the duration Scholar wishes to participate at BC
  • An additional $2,117 is required per dependent (spouse/child)
  • Statements must be dated within 6 months of application
  • Up to $4,000 program fee, due with application
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • BC Academic Hosting Division Sign-Off form

Admission documents sent outside the US must be sent by express mail via eShipGlobal.

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Requirements Information Booklet

The breakdown costs below are suggestions of the minimum and required amounts. It is recommended that you should include the total amounts, SEVIS fee (about $200), Visa fee (about $160/each), and airfare to your initial budget. However, during your stay of the program, the only expenses you need are the health insurance fees, the social & cultural activity fees, and living expenses. Please note that the living expenses amounts are minimum amounts. Actual living expenses might be higher depending on where you stay and your lifestyle. The financial documents you are submitting to our office should show the amount that at least cover the ‘total monthly expenses’ for yourself and accompanying dependent(s) for the entire period of stay.

(minimum suggestions & required)
(additional cost to the Primary Scholar)
(additional cost for each child to the Primary Scholar)
MONTHLY FEESHealth Insurance Fee$123$123$123
Social & Cultural Activity Fee$100$100$100
(Monthly Fees)
Room & Board (not to BC)$1,434$1,434$1,434
Transportation (not to BC)$130$130$130
Misc. (personal expenses) (not to BC)$330$330$330
ONE-TIME FEE / PAYMENTProgram Process Fee(Up to) $4,000$0$0
It is mandated by the U.S. Department of State that all J-1 Exchange Visiting Scholars and their dependents must have medical insurance coverage in effect for the entire period of their exchange visiting program and coverage with the following minimum benefits [22 CFR 62.14]:

  • 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 visiting scholar to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000;
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

An Exchange Visiting Scholar must either:

  • purchase health insurance through Bellevue College-Foundation Arranged Medical Insurance Plan (named Firebird International Insurance Group, LLC.), OR
  • purchase a health insurance plan from home country that meet all of the insurance requirements listed above and submit proof of your health insurance at the time of your application.

Scholars’ Stories:


Kunjie Lu - 2018-19 J-1 Scholar

Kunjie LU
I came from Weifang University, Shandong Province, China. I have been a college English teacher for 16 years. I collaborate with Dr. Jun Xu and audit her English 101 class. I also attended several seminars and conferences.

Qin He - Fall 2018 J-1 Scholar

Qin HE
I come from Shanghai Sanda University in China.I observed and learned psychology courses and health education cousres.
In such courses I not only learn how to effectively teaching psychology courses, but also expand my knowledge and skills in the field of psychology and health.

Weina Sun - 2018-19 J-1 Scholar

Weina SUN
I was born and raised in China. I graduated from Changsha University of Science and Technology with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Accounting. Moving then to the United States, I earned my Master’s in TESOL from Seattle Pacific University. I have been working at Bellevue College teaching English in the ELI and ESL since I graduated in 2016. I enjoys working with my international and immigrant students as the career makes it possible for her to travel around the world and take in diversified cultures without leaving my classroom.

James Riggall - OIE J-1 Scholar 2019

I’m from Tasmania, Australia. I first travelled to BC on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2017 and have since returned to teach a virtual reality course that I developed with my colleague Bruce Wolcott during that trip and also to help establish the XR Lab in the Bellevue College Library. My main job back home is as an executive director of a small tech company, Bitlink. However, I also do a lot of work with the University of Tasmania in Australia, and I also help manage a couple of coworking spaces/business accelerators in Tasmania (the Enterprize startup hubs). When I’m in Bellevue, I teach an introductory virtual reality course with Bruce Wolcott (CMST116) and also help manage the XR Lab in the BC Library.

Photo of Djafe Djafari Simba - J-1 Scholar

Djafe Djafari SIMBA
I am a teacher of English as Foreign Language at BELLEVUE High School from Lubumbashi in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a partner school to BELLEVUE COLLEGE since 2016. I came to Bellevue College with 40 students for these past two summers (2018 and 2019) as a Short-term Scholar for the Leadership and Sustainability program.

I had learned that Bellevue College (BC) is really committed to become exceptional. It is exceptional with respect to the issues that concern the cultural exchanges through its educational policy and partnerships. In educational policy, BC offers huge opportunities to both domestic and international students for studying and working. In building partnerships, BC receives, trains, and treats the partner students very well, particularly during these two short term programs. Finally, Bellevue College flies higher and higher to become exceptional.

Last Updated October 17, 2019