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 any international student enrolled in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree program abroad who is eligible to obtain a J-1 student visa. Dual citizens who are matriculated at a foreign university are eligible for the VISER program, but green card holders are not eligible. If you are an international student already in the United States on a student visa and are interested in transferring to the VISER program, you must contact us before starting the application process.

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: Student 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: Winter 2020:
Jan 6–March 29, 2020

Spring 2020:
March 30–June 21, 2020
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.