Visiting International Student Engaged in Research (VISER)

The Visiting International Student Engaged in Research (VISER) Program permits students pursuing degrees at universities outside the United States to participate in a full-time prescribed course of study with a specific educational objective at the University of Washington. The program allows for courses of study lasting between 13 and 24 months.

VISER students must either be substantially supported by their home government or university (at least 51 percent) or be part of a written exchange agreement between the UW and the foreign educational institution. The UW agreement must be signed by the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.

Who the Program Is For

The VISER program is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying at universities outside the United States who are seeking a bachelorís, masterís, or PhD. Participants must hold a J-1 visa.

Program Features

  • Engage in supervised research at the University of Washington, one of the top research universities in the world
  • Participate in work-based learning
  • Interact with other scholars in your field

Note: Intern must pay required fees to participate – see Program Details tab for more information

Quick Facts

Location: UW campuses
Length: 13–24 months
Hours/Week: Minimum of 32 hours
Upcoming Sessions: Autumn 2016:
Sep 28–Jan 2

Winter 2017:
Jan 3–Mar 27
Application Deadline*: None
Costs: See Details

*Application process takes 3–5 months to complete. VISER Office must receive application no later than 12 weeks before internship's start date


Email us to access faculty and administrator information, obtain application forms or reach the coordinator of the VISER program.