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Information for International Students

Based on updated guidance from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service [USCIS], participants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents are now strongly encouraged to follow the appropriate steps to secure a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for participation in a BSPH Institute. NOTE: Internet MPH students who are participating in the Institutes must apply for F-1 student visas. Exceptions are made only on a case-by-case basis.


After you have completed the application for the Winter Institute, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access a web portal called iHopkins. The email will ask you to fill out the J-1 Applicant Information E-Form and, if applicable, the SEVIS Dependent E-Form (the SEVIS Dependent E-Form is the form you will need to complete if you plan to bring a spouse or dependent child on a J-2 dependent visa). You will need to provide a copy of your passport biographical page with the request as well as funding documentation. The Institute coordinator will work with the OIS to ensure that you receive your DS-2019. If you have not received an email with instructions to access the iHopkins web portal and complete the J-1 Applicant Information E-Form, please contact

Institute participants who do not heed this advice risk being denied entry to the U.S. at the U.S. port of entry by USCIS. If you have any questions about visa sponsorship please contact For more information please visit the Office of International Services’ website at

Please see our International Students Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Please note that December 7, 2012 is the deadline for requesting a DS-2019 for participation in the winter institute 2013.