Wall of international flags in the Hill Student CenterWelcome to UAB! We are excited that you will be joining us to continue the search for knowledge that will change your world.

J-1 scholars must attend an orientation session with a representative of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services within 30 days of the start date on your Form DS-2019. Orientation sessions for J-1 scholars are held at the international center on the second floor of Mervyn H. Sterne Library on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM and on Thursdays from 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM. Please bring with you your signed/stamped Form DS-2019, your passport, a printout of your Form I-94, and proof of health insurance that meets Department of State requirements. If you have dependents (spouse and/or children), please bring their documents too. Orientation sessions generally last about 1 hour. The Department of State requires all J-1 exchange visitors to review this Welcome Brochure outlining Exchange Visitor Program regulations. You may also want to review the Wilberforce Pamphlet concerning the rights of temporary workers in the United States.

Other services provided by ISSS:
  • Free tax treaty analysis for proper withholding from your paycheck
  • Free Tax Software Code for federal and state returns
  • Globetrotter weekly e-newsletter with event announcements and federal regulatory updates
  • Weekly Dessert Hour every other Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the international center on the 2nd floor of Sterne Library
  • Weekly Coffee Hour every other Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the international center on the 2nd floor of Sterne Library


COMPASS: J-1 Exchange Visitor Handbook