Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

MIIS Departments

The Office of International Studies supports international faculty, researchers, staff, and visitors at MIIS with documentation needed to obtain visas and legal status in the U.S. MIIS sponsors scholars in a variety of different nonimmigrant classifications, depending on the purpose and nature of their visit. All requests for university sponsorship officially begin in the host department or research center. This section of the website is a resource to departments or offices that need to complete paperwork for visa or immigration sponsorship.

J-1 Exchange Visitor Status


Categories and Durations

MIIS has been authorized to bring in individuals as visiting professors, visiting research scholars, short term scholars, and specialists. Individuals may come for a minimum of two weeks to teach, to conduct research, or to share their expertise and may either be paid by MIIS or by their home institutions. In order for a department to initiate the request, the online DS-2019 Request Form for Departments must be completed and submitted.

J-1 Category


Time Limits


primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting. May also conduct research.

5 years

Research Scholar

primarily conduct research, observe, or consult in connection with research project. May also teach.

5 years

Short-term Scholar

professor or research scholar on short-term trip to lecture, observe, consult, train, or demonstrate special skills.

6 months