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VISITING SCHOLAR STEP BY STEP PROCESS (PDF)

The Center for International Education in collaboration with the Institute of International Education will work with you in an effort to help procure you a J-Visa. Please review the step by step process below to view your role and responsibilities.

PRE-ARRIVAL

STEP 1

Select a Department you would like to collaborate with, and contact the Department Chair.
Submit a DS-2019 Request form to the Center for International Education three months prior to your intended start date.

STEP 2

In collaboration with the department you will work with, submit a DS-2019 Request form to the Center for International Education at least three months prior to the date you would like your program to begin. In addition to submitting your DS-2019 request you must also submit the following documents in English:

  • Proof of Financial Support

Proof of English Proficiency (IIE prefers a TOEFL score. Scores can be sent to code (2326) OR written confirmation of sufficient proficiency in English language to participate in proposed exchange program.

  • Document of Highest Degree
  • Passport Data
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of Health Insurance

STEP 3
All materials will be sent to IIE for processing. Upon approval IIE will send you A "Terms of Agreement Letter."  This letter must be signed, and sent back to IIE.

STEP 4

Upon recieivng your "Terms of Agreement Letter" IIE will issue you a DS-2019 form that will be sent to your mailing address, along with instruction on how to obtain your Visa.

STEP 5

Arrive in U.S. (may arrive 30 days before or not later than 30 days after program start date)

Airport Ground Transportation

When you arrive to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you can take a shared ride van. These include but are not limited to, Super Shuttle, Prime Time Shuttle, etc. directly to Otis College or any location in Los Angeles. Reservations are not required to use a shared ride van. Shared ride vans are located at the designated ground transportation areas just outside baggage claim areas. Each van will have a sign on it indicating its destination. Make sure your van is going to Los Angeles. You can ask where and when to board a shuttle van by using the courtesy phones available in the baggage claim areas. The cost is approximately $15 - $35 for transportation from LAX to Los Angeles with an optional tip recommended for the driver. The shared ride van will take you to the destination you specify. You may also take a taxi, which will cost significantly.