Pre-Arrival Visiting Scholars

We are excited to welcome you to Cal Lutheran! Please see below for important details regarding the process for Visiting Scholars at CLU. Contact us at with any questions.
Exchange Visitor Program Welcome Brochure

Apply for the J-1 Visa

Visiting Scholars and Sponsoring Departments are responsible for requesting a DS-2019 from the Office
of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Once the OISS processes the Sponsorship Request form,
the OISS issues the DS-2019, and emails the document to the VS and the sponsorship department. The
VS uses the DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country (i.e.,
country of citizenship or permanent residence).

Note: Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a visa but must pay the SEVIS fee.

Health Insurance

Your wellbeing is a priority to us and our government! The U.S. Department of State requires that the
exchange visitor obtain health, accident, medical evacuation, and repatriation of remains insurance. The
insurance policies must cover the exchange visitor and all accompanying dependents for the EV’s entire
program duration as indicated by the dates noted on the DS-2019. Any exchange visitor who willfully
refuses to comply with this requirement shall be considered to be in violation of their exchange visitor
status. EV’s will need to provide proof of insurance coverage from one of the preapproved insurance
companies reviewed by OISS.

J-1 Visiting Scholars at CLU are required to enroll in one of the preapproved providers.

Housing and Transportation Options