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In 2009, Franklin University was designated by the U.S. Department of State as an exchange visitor program sponsor, eligible to host foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a J-1 visa. Since that time, the program has generated numerous questions about its benefits and administration. Faculty, staff, and students have asked: what is the Exchange Visitor Program? What is a J-1 visa? What can it do for me or my program? Learning that the program is designed to foster cross-cultural educational exchange and bring talented students, researchers, educators, and specialists to the University from around the world, individuals often follow with: I want to host an exchange visitor! How can I make it happen?

In this poster session, a background of the exchange visitor program in the US and at the University will be shared, along with an evolving case study. The case study will illustrate how Franklin University’s Office of International Students and Programs identified an opportunity to host an exchange visitor, set a program objective, secured a placement for the visitor, and plans to measure exchange visitor’s impact. Emphasis will focus on how to replicate the existing model for recruiting an exchange visitor to other University programs and departments.

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International and Comparative Education

Hosting Exchange Visitors at Franklin University: Why it Matters and How to Make it Happen