The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is an excellent way for departments to invite international scholars to come to Texas State to teach, conduct research or study. The purpose of this program is "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of education and cultural exchanges." To invite an international scholar, sponsoring individual/department must first secure an appointment through Faculty Records. The sponsoring individual/department is responsible for providing campus privileges (such as office space, use of the library, computer labs, parking, etc.). In addition, arrangements such as housing and transportation should be taken into consideration when inviting someone from abroad. After the appointment has been approved, the sponsoring individual/department should contact International Student and Scholar Services to assist with the immigration paperwork process.
The U.S. State Department has authorized an organization in Austin called Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) to administer the J-1 Exchange Visitor program from Texas State. TIEC charges a fee of $495 to provide this service. This is a one-time fee and may be paid by the sponsor or scholar. TIEC, which is a vendor in SAP, will forward an invoice to the sponsoring department or they can bill the scholar who may pay by check, money order, or credit card. International Student and Scholar Services acts as an intermediary between the sponsor and TIEC to facilitate the process and assist the sponsor with meeting Program requirements such as providing orientation and cultural activities for the scholar.