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J visa Requirements at UIW

Students under the J-1 exchange student visa must meet the cultural exchange requirement by building mutual understanding between Americans and of their home residence.  UIW exchange students meet this cultural exchange requirement by living on-campus and experiencing typical day-to-day interactions accompanied with formal and informal campus cultural activities with their peers from the U.S.   


Students who have been pre-authorized to live in alternate housing, shall meet the cultural exchange requirement by experiencing cross-cultural experiences within the assigned program and/or within the community to comply with the J-1 exchange student Federal Regulatory Requirements of the exchange visitor program.

Written description of such cultural activity is required to be submitted to the office of the International Student & Scholar Services Office and on this website. This report shall be included in the Department of State’s J-1 Visa Annual Report to demonstrate compliance of the Federal Regulatory Requirement


Front Desk Hours

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm (make an appointment)

Phone: (210) 805-5705 


Please include your Name & Student ID


Regular Mailing Address

Office of International Student & Scholar Services

University of the Incarnate Word

4301 Broadway, CPO 31

San Antonio, Texas 78209 

Express Mailing Address

University of the Incarnate Word 

847  E. Hildebrand Ave

Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78212 

Physical Location & Directions

Grossman International Conference Center

847 E. Hildebrand Ave.

Suite 200

San Antonio, Texas 78212 




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