Hosting an Exchange Scholar | St. Lawrence University International Student Services

Hosting an Exchange Scholar

Information for Academic Departments

St. Lawrence sponsors faculty exchange visitors only in the Professor category.


"The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program, in part, is to foster the exchange of ideas between Americans and foreign nationals and to stimulate international collaborative teaching, lecturing and research efforts. The exchange of professors . . . promotes the exchange of ideas, research, mutual enrichment, and linkages between research and educational institutions in the United States and foreign countries. It does so by providing foreign professors . . . the opportunity to engage in research, teaching and lecturing with their American colleagues, to participate actively in cross-cultural activities with Americans, and ultimately to share with their countrymen their experiences and increased knowledge of the United States and their substantive fields." [22CFR 62.20(b)]

This category is appropriate to non-tenure track positions, and maximum program length is 5 years.  Scholars in this category have teaching as their primary focus, but may also conduct research.

Hosting an Exchange Scholar in Your Department

  1. Establish Eligibility.  Departments should first consult with human resources to assure that their position and candidate meet the initial eligibility requirements for the exchange visitor program. 
  2. Provide Letter of Invitation. Because the foundation of the exchange program is based on intercultural exchange of ideas, it is essential that departments provide information on how the exchange will benefit their department.  In order to meet federal regulations, it is also necessary to issue that exchange visitors receive information about health insurance requirements, housing, and orientation.  The letter of invitation should be prepared by the department chair and forwarded to Human Resources. A sample letter is provided to assist you.

Once you have completed the above steps, human resources will then provide SLU's Responsible Officer with the necessary documents to begin working with the exchange scholar on securing his or her visa.