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International Students

Participants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents must be admitted to the U.S. in the appropriate visa status.

The Office of International Services (OIS) will determine the appropriate visa status for Summer Institute participants. The visa type will depend upon a few factors specific to each participant. Bloomberg School Institute participants do not meet institutional standards for F-1 student visa sponsorship. If it is determined that visa sponsorship from the Bloomberg School is necessary, the Institute will initiate an application for J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsorship in coordination with the OIS. [Note: Internet MPH students who are participating in the Institutes must apply for F-1 student visas, since they are pursuing a degree program. Exceptions are made only on a case-by-case basis.]

It can take several months to secure the appropriate visa stamp to enter the United States, so please plan accordingly. Specifically, individuals who will require F1 or J1 visas must submit all required documentation to the Bloomberg School 90 days in advance of the Institute in which they will participate.

Institute participants who do not heed this advice risk being denied entry to the U.S. at the port of entry. If you have any questions about visa sponsorship, please contact

For more information, please visit the Office of International Services' website.