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June 15 - July 15, 2021 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today

The next session starts on June 15, 2021. Enrollment is open from now through June 11, 2021. For details on applying, review the FAQ section


This four-week, self-paced course provides a general overview of the fundamentals needed to advise J-1 Exchange Visitors to help them maintain their status during their stay in the United States. You will learn regulatory terminology, concepts and the documentation needed for orientation, SEVIS reporting, and other administrative requirements.

This course is for new international student and scholar advisers, admissions staff, and those who would like to understand the basics of the Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) role.

  • Interpret and apply J category immigration regulations to a variety of exchange visitor categories and situations.
  • Advise exchange visitors on J program requirements to acquire and maintain status through potential program changes such as extension, transfer, matriculation, and termination.
  • Facilitate the administrative requirements of the J-1 program including forms and documentation, the bars, SEVIS reporting, and orientation.

Course Objectives

  • Interpret and apply J category immigration regulations to a variety of exchange visitor categories and situations.
  • Advise exchange visitors on J program requirements to acquire and maintain status through potential program changes such as extension, transfer, matriculation, and termination.
  • Facilitate the administrative requirements of the J-1 program including forms and documentation, the bars, SEVIS reporting, and orientation.

Course Format

In each module, you will complete approximately one-two hours of interactive content. This course is divided into 6 modules. Each module will correspond to a section of the workbook and a discussion forum. You will also be asked to complete a final assessment at the end of the course.

  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Effort: 2-4 hours per week, approximately 10 hours to complete.
  • Level: Introductory
  • Course Type: 100% Online (Start on the date assigned and work at your own schedule for 4 weeks)

Syllabus

This class requires a small amount of reading, a series of interactive modules, discussion posts, and a final assessment. To complete the course you should:

  • Go through the interactive module
  • Take notes and fill out your workbook
  • Respond to the discussion prompts in the forum 
  • Explore any of the supplemental readings that interest you
  • Take the final assessment

Grading Policy

  • Mini-Quizzes throughout the modules are meant to guide learning and are not counted towards completion of the course.
  • The workbook is for your own benefit, and will not be counted towards completion of the course. Please take detailed notes to refer back to in the future after you complete this course.
  • The final assessment is comprised of 14 questions. Submitting the final quiz is a required element of the course in order to receive your Certificate of Participation. 
Module 1: Overview
Module 2: SEVIS
Module 3: Pre-arrival and Arrival
Module 4: Ongoing Events
Module 5: 212(e) and the Bars
Module 6: Program Changes

Your 2021 J-1Advising: Getting Started e-Learning Dean

Make use of a unique opportunity. Our subject matter expert, Jessica Ereiz, will be monitoring the discussion boards. If you have questions throughout the course or about situations you are currently facing, she will be ready to provide insights along with your peers. 

Jessica Ereiz

Jessica Ereiz
University of Buffalo
e-Learning Dean
Jessica is the associate director in the International Student Services Office at the University at Buffalo. She has advised international students, both F-1 and J-1 since 2006, all at UB. She is member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corp and has trained several NAFSA CEP workshops at various Region X...