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Summer Institutes

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) provides J-1visa sponsorship* to  participants who enroll in the full-time equivalent of 2 credits of coursework per week, for academic credit. Participants must apply to the institute(s) and register for coursework before visa sponsorship can be requested. 

*Part-time internet-based 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. Students should contact the OIS at for more information. 

It can take several months to secure the appropriate visa stamp to enter the United States, so please plan accordingly. Specifically, individuals requesting J1 visa sponsorship must work with the Institute Coordinator to submit all required documentation 90 days in advance of the beginning of the course 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.

Institute Contacts for Students with General Questions about Visa Process, Deadlines, etc.:

Institute In Which Student Is Taking At Least One Course Email Address for Contact Person
Center for Indigenous Health Institute
Center for Injury Research and Policy Summer Institute
Data to Policy in Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Environmental Health and Engineering Summer Institute
Gender and Health Summer Institute
Global Health Systems Summer Institute
Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Health, Behavior and Society Summer Institute
Health Emergencies in Large Populations
Health Policy and Management Summer Institute
Summer Institute in Bioethics
Summer Institute in Mental Health Research
Summer Institute in Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Winter Institute