Central Washington University is able to accept Exchange Visitors in three non-student categories: Professor, Research Scholar and Short-Term Scholar. Each has a particular definition based on the activities to take place at CWU, as well as particular requirements and limitations.
To qualify for the Professor category, the primary purpose of the visitor’s stay must be teaching, lecturing, observing or consulting; research may also be a component of the proposed program.
To qualify for the Research Scholar category, the primary purpose of the visitor’s stay must be conducting research, observing or consulting in connection with a research project; teaching or lecturing may also be a component of the proposed program.
Visitors under the Professor and Research Scholar categories may not be a candidate for a tenure-track position and are expected to have the appropriate credentials for their proposed program. At absolute minimum, visitors must have completed a bachelor’s degree. The proposed program must be at least three weeks and no more than five years in duration.
Depending on the nature of prior participation as an exchange visitor, visitors under the Professor and Research Scholar categories may be subject to one or both of two separate bars on repeat participation.
The purpose of the Short-Term Scholar category is to facilitate “short-term collaboration and interchange” and can be somewhat more specialized than the Professor or Research Scholar categories.
To qualify for the Short-Term Scholar category, the purpose of the visitor’s must be “lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills”, and the visitor must have the qualifications appropriate to the proposed activity. While there is no minimum duration of stay, Short-Term Scholars are subject to a maximum stay of six (6) months and may not extend their stay beyond that limit.
While attending classes at CWU may be one small component of a scholar’s proposed academic program, it may not be the scholar’s sole or primary purpose. In such a case, the individual should apply to the university as Non-Matriculated (Guest) Student and obtain an F-1 visa.
Those scholars who wish to incorporate attending classes, whether for credit or not, into a larger academic program, must also apply and be admitted as a Non-Matriculated (Guest) Student. In accordance to the University’s Auditing Policy, even those who do not wish to receive credit must formally register for the desired class and pay the applicable tuition.
Sitting in on a class in order to observe the instructor’s pedagogical techniques would not constitute attendance in the above sense, but would require the instructor’s permission.
US Department of State regulations mandate J-visa sponsors proactively verify and document that the “exchange visitor possesses sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis”.
For more information, see the English Proficiency page.
Those wishing to apply to be a visiting scholar at CWU must submit the following documents and information to the Office of International Studies and Programs.
If planning to take classes:
Visiting J-1 scholars must have a CWU academic department, and a CWU faculty member in that department, willing to serve as a host. If a prospective scholar does not have a contact at CWU, OISP can forward his or her application, CV and research proposal to the appropriate Department Chair to assist with a hosting inquiry. Prospective scholars should know that some CWU departments do not grant at-large hosting requests.
While some scholars have chosen to live in private accommodation off campus, most scholars have found it more convenient to live in university housing. Unfortunately, CWU does not have housing specifically dedicated to scholars, though university housing options do include a variety of apartments in which scholars may request to live. As these apartments are also open to CWU students, we cannot guarantee space will be available, though the past has seen few problems. More information about and the application for university apartments are available here: http://www.cwu.edu/housing/apartment-home.
OISP is unable to assist with off-campus housing in any way.
CWU does not maintain university housing at any of its centers, so private accommodation is the only option. OISP is unable to assist with off-campus housing.
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