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.


13 Months–2 Years


32 Hours/Week

English Level


F-1 Visa

Not Eligible

What You'll Do

Engage in supervised research at the University of Washington, one of the top research universities in the world.

Program Features

  • Work-based learning
  • Opportunity to interact with other scholars in your field

Who Should Apply

This program is for J-1 visa eligible undergraduate and graduate students studying at universities outside the United States who want to participate in an internship related to their field of study.

You need advanced English skills to participate. For admission requirements, see How to Apply.


This program requires a minimum participation of 32 hours per week.


UW Registration Fee – $55 per quarter

Quarterly fee paid to Registration Services upon arrival and each academic quarter after that.

Student Health Insurance – $145 per month

Available to and required only for student; full amount for duration of program.

Paid directly to LewerMark Insurance Company online in advance; Statement of Compliance required upon arrival.

UW Department Fees – variable

Paid to department administrator if applicable.

Cost of Living – $2,927 per month (spouse and children extra if applicable)

Government-mandated estimate of living expenses, which is not negotiable regardless of your living arrangements.

Cost of Living: Self  $2,927 per month

Cost of Living: Spouse  $1,200 per month
If applicable; includes required health insurance.

Cost of Living: Child/Children  $600 per month
If applicable; includes required health insurance.

Your expenses will depend on the length of your internship. Expense estimates include all full and partial months or quarters. Quarterly fees cannot be prorated if the research activity does not span a full quarter.

Expenses above do not include the I-901 SEVIS fee, the visa fee or cost to travel to and from the United States.

All costs subject to change without notice.