ERIC Number: ED331344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Background and History of the Exchange Visitor Program from the Perspective of Educational Institutions of Higher Learning.
This paper examines the Exchange Visitor Program in which students, scholars, and other professionals have spent varying amounts of time studying or practicing in the United States. The discussion looks at the program's historical background, the exchange visitor classifications (private or governmentally sponsored), the categories and conditions under which individuals could be accepted for exchange visitor sponsorship, the 2-year home residence requirement, and the grounds on which waivers are granted. Next, legislative changes and new developments in exchange visitor requirements and regulations that occurred since the program's inception 40 years ago are reviewed, as well as the evolution of the program. New trends in U.S. educational programs, such as internships or work-study programs, and why these changes are equally appealing to foreign nationals are discussed. Next, the administrative position of responsible officer is examined, followed by an exploration of the change in focus of faculty/research scholar exchanges and how this has benefitted foreign nationals over the years. Finally, what the considerations/expectations of exchange visitor participants should be in the 1980's are discussed, followed by an historical look at the administration of the exchange program. A summary and conclusions are presented. Contains an appendix specifically addressing the issue of foreign medical graduates. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Exchange Visitor Program; United States
Note: Paper submitted to the Government Regulations Advisory Committee of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs.