Visiting Faculty and Scholars
Learn more about joining SMC as a short-term or research scholar.
Information for J-1 Short-Term and Research Scholars
As a J-1 short-term or research scholar, you are part of the Exchange Visitor Program which was designed to promote “global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. All exchange visitors are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program in order to share their exchange experiences.” (Department of State)
The two-year home-country physical presence requirement, referenced above, applies to exchange visitors who:
- receive funding from the US government or a foreign government,
- develop/acquire skills included in the Department of State exchange visitor skills list, or
- complete medical school/training in the US.
If you are subject to the two-year requirement, it does not mean you are not allowed to return to the US or to leave your home country. Rather, you will not be eligible to immigrate to the US or apply for certain non-immigrant visas until you have fulfilled the requirement. Additional details are available from the Department of State.
When budgeting for your time as an exchange visitor, you may take into account the following expenses:
- SEVIS and visa issuance fees
- Travel to/from the United States
- Room and board
- Health insurance
- Personal spending money
The local housing market is competitive and vacancy rates are low. For these reasons, it is recommended that you make housing arrangements prior to your arrival. Off-campus housing listings can be found in the Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, or through local real estate agents. Additional options include two hotels located directly across the street from campus: Days Inn Colchester or Handy’s Extended Stay Suites. Inquire about discounted rates to affiliates of Saint Michael’s College.
When arriving at a US port of entry, an exchange visitor should have the following on their person (do not pack these items in your luggage):
- Passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the anticipated end date of his/her program) with valid US visa
- Form DS-2019
- Documentation of sufficient financials to support the Exchange Visitor during his/her time in the US (approximately $1500/month, more if accompanied by dependents)
Upon arrival at a US port of entry, the officer will ask for your passport and immigration documents. Be prepared to answer questions about ties to your home country, your reason for entering the US, and your program at Saint Michael’s College.
Bus, train and air service are within minutes of campus.
Burlington International Airport (BTV) – South Burlington, VT
Amtrak – Essex Junction, VT
Greyhound bus lines – arrive/depart from the Burlington International Airport
Megabus – Burlington, VT
City buses and taxis are available to bring you to your accommodations.
Green Cab VT – South Burlington, VT
89 Taxi – Burlington, VT
- Please report to the Office for International Students (Saint Edmund’s Hall 222A) with your passport, and local address and telephone number no later than three days after arriving on campus. Please contact your host department directly to confirm their reporting requirements.
- Changes to your name, address, program or financing, must be reported to the Office for International Students within 10 days of the event.
Tips for remaining in lawful status:
- Maintain a valid Form DS-2019
- Maintain a valid passport
- Do not work without permission
Please contact the Office for International Students for assistance with the following:
- Applying for a Social Security number
- Applying for a Vermont driver’s license
- Opening a bank account
- Any concerns regarding employee rights and laws, including workers’ compensation
There are opportunities to learn about US and other cultures, as well as share your culture with the Saint Michael’s College community.
- Coffee Hour is held weekly on Wednesday afternoons and is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage in a casual setting. Exchange visitors interested in hosting a Coffee Hour should contact Jacqui Samale Roden for more information.
- The Adventure Sports Center offers day trips, as well as multi-day excursions throughout the region. It is a great opportunity to try something new, meet people and enjoy Vermont’s natural beauty!
- Saint Michael’s College offers a multitude of on-campus events. Watch your SMC email for updates as well as postings on the SMC portal.
- Venture off campus and you will find rich cultural opportunities in the form of performing arts, museums, restaurants and markets, and festivals.
Health & Safety:
- Campus emergencies: 911 or +1 (802) 654-2911 (x2911)
- Saint Michael’s College switchboard: +1 (802) 654-2000 (or “0” on campus)
- Public Safety (non-emergency): +1 (802) 654-2374 (x2374)
- Bergeron Wellness Center: +1 (802) 654-2234
- LiveSafe app
- RAVE – Registration for this text/email emergency alert system is through the SMC portal.
Jeffrey Trumbower, Interim VP Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, RO
email@example.com, +1 (802) 654-2492
Kevin Spensley, Director of International Enrollment, ARO
firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 (802) 654-2357
Melissa Holzman, International Student Advisor, ARO
email@example.com, +1 (802) 654-2391
Saint Michael’s College
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05439
Telephone: +1 (802) 654-2000
U.S. Department of State
Office of Designation
Private Sector Programs
DivisionAcademic and Government
Street SW, Room 668th 3014
Washington, DC 20547-4406
Telephone: +1 (844) 300-1824
Fax: +1 (202) 203-7779
Life and Customs in the United States:
International Student Guide to the USA –Geared toward students, but useful information relevant to Exchange Visitors as well. Also contains state-specific details.