For Researchers, Scholars, Professors, and Specialists

Bringing The Working World Together

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CIEE Professional Exchange Programs empower international innovators – researchers, scholars, professors, and specialists from almost any industry – to collaborate with tech startups, research laboratories, universities, libraries, and other institutions and businesses across the U.S. How? By sponsoring J-1 visas in the following categories: Short-Term Scholar, Research Scholar, Professor, and Specialist.

Our goal is to bring the working world together. Participants get the opportunity to learn, demonstrate, and practice skills, to conduct research, to teach or lecture, to attend seminars, workshops, or conferences, while host organizations get a fresh global perspective and the international insights they need to succeed.


Case Study

The Rockefeller University identified a researcher from Turkmenistan they wanted to host in order to conduct a research project. However, Rockefeller University is not a designated sponsor of the J-1 Research Scholar visa. Thankfully, CIEE was here to sponsor the researcher’s visa on the university’s behalf – facilitating the international collaboration they needed to complete their research. 

Why CIEE Professional Exchange Programs?

Since our founding in 1947, CIEE has helped hundreds of thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. This is more than just our history; it is experience you can trust.

  • Industry Expertise

    We are the nation’s oldest and largest J-1 visa sponsor. Let our experts guide you through the process.

  • Visa Sponsorship

    Not only will we help you navigate the immigration process, but we will also sponsor your J-1 visa.  

  • Industry-Leading Support

    With CIEE, you get more than just a visa sponsor. You get 24/7 multilingual support.

What People are Saying

  • “The guidance received is very clear and the application process is seamless. Staff are very responsive and made the process simple for us.”

    Evalicia Lyneborg, NovoNordisk
  • “CIEE is extremely knowledgeable, highly responsive, and very effective in processing J-1 Research Scholar applications. We have worked with a number of J-1 sponsor organizations and CIEE is our top choice.”

    Rosanna M. Fox, Lepore Taylor Fox LLP

Connecting Global Leaders, Creating Lasting Impact

Led by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with organizations like CIEE, BridgeUSA brings together the next generation of current and emerging young leaders through unmatched cultural and professional exchange programs.
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