Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for a cohort program:
Please submit the following to fmp@gsu.edu
- Resume
- Letter of interest
- Expected program dates

To apply for Faculty Mentoring or Faculty Pedagogical Summer:

Online applications will be available soon.


Georgia State University offers four faculty programs.

Month-long to Year-Round Faculty Programs

Faculty Mentoring Flex and Faculty Mentoring Lab are programs where scholars collaborate with a mentor. Scholars can attend from one to 24. Academic mentoring include: research, teaching in an U.S. classroom, class observations, syllabi development, enhancement course evaluation, and language training. If you are specifically interested in working in a lab with a mentor, then Faculty Mentoring Lab is the perfect program for you! With this program, participants enhance their knowledge in the sciences and research techniques.

Summer Faculty Programs

Summer Faculty Mentoring and Faculty Pedagogical Summer are two summer programs where scholars enhance their skills for one or two months. Scholars may attend between the month of June or July. Housing is included for both summer programs! If you are specifically interested in enhancing your pedagogical skills without a mentor then the Faculty Pedagogical Summer is the best program for you. Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning(CETL) is a resource that is included with the Faculty Pedagogical Summer .


J-1 scholars must demonstrate that they possess adequate financial resources to support themselves and their dependent(s) for the duration of their stay. For more information, click here.

Please note: the personal bank statements must be no more than 3 months from the day the DS-2019  is issued (NOT program start date).

Mandatory medical insurance is not included in the program fee, however you may purchase medical insurance.

You can get an estimate on https://www.pghstudent.com/. Select Georgia State university, and J-1 visiting Faculty/Scholar.

If you have opted to purchase health insurance in your home country prior to arrival, you should also have documentation showing proof of insurance in English.

If you have not yet purchased insurance, you will be required to purchase insurance for the duration of your stay through PGH Global -- this information will be provided during your ISSS orientation.


You may bring your dependents! The J-2 dependent visa is available to the legal spouse and/or children of the J-1 principal. Additional documents will be needed. For more information, please click here .  Please note: Program fees do not cover airfare, airport transportation for dependents, visa fees, housing, or mandatory medical insurance.

Please note: Scholars must send all documents 2 months prior to their program start date.

Scholars may arrive 30 days prior to their program start date or leave 30 days after their program end date on the DS-2019.

Yes, you may. It has to be done prior to your arrival. The new date cannot be more than two weeks after the original arrival date. If it is going to be more than two weeks, you should wait for the updated DS2019 to arrive in the mail and then schedule a visa interview. If you have already received your Visa then you can pick up the updated DS-2019 on arrival.

Schedule an interview to get your J-1 visiting faculty/scholar visa. Click here

for more information.

Yes. Your extension will not carry you beyond five years in the United States as a J-1 Visiting Professor or Research Scholar, or beyond six months in the United States as a J-1 Short Term Scholar.