Visiting International Student Internship & Training (VISIT)

VISIT internships directly relate to your current field of study in your bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree program at your home university. You and your University of Washington host department or program will formulate a clear written statement of the internship's learning goals and objectives.

Your internship must meet the following requirements:

  • Consist of at least 32 hours of structured activities per week
  • Not involve entry-level work or duplicate any previous experience you have had
  • Not allow you to engage in clinical or other tasks that involve patient care or contact
  • Not allow you to enroll, audit, or unofficially audit UW courses

Although you cannot enroll in or audit UW classes, you may (with the permission from your supervisor and the VISIT office) occasionally and infrequently observe classroom lectures, if the topic specifically relates to your research. With permission from your supervisor, you may also participate in an English language course administered by an outside source or by UW International & English Language Programs, but only if the course does not interfere with your research activities.

In certain circumstances, you may be permitted to receive a stipend from the UW host department. Stipends are at the discretion of the department or program. Please note that taxes will be withheld from your stipend paychecks (about 14 percent).

You must enter the United States on or before the start date listed on the VISIT application and the DS-2019. Note: Quarterly fees cannot be prorated if the research activity does not span a full quarter.

Note: We advise potential VISIT interns to purchase their flight only after they have received their DS-2019 immigration documents. Please refer to the VISIT Program Timeline for approximate wait times on application completion.

Health Insurance

As a VISIT student intern, you are required to purchase a health insurance policy through the University of Washington International Student Insurance Program before attending your required J-Visa Orientation at the UW. This insurance is required even if you have insurance from your home country. The VISIT office will provide insurance enrollment instructions when you receive your DS-2019, and at the J-Visa Orientation you will submit a Statement of Compliance with Insurance Requirements that includes your policy number.

J-1 Visa Orientation

Register to attend the mandatory J-1 Visa Orientation the first Monday after you arrive. Bring the DS-2019 forms for you and any dependents along with a printout of your I-94 card, passport, Statement of Compliance and Seattle-area residence address to the orientation. You will receive the Statement of Compliance included with your DS-2019 after acceptance into the VISIT program.

2018–19 VISIT Internship Expenses

Expense Amount (USD)
Required UW Fees
VISIT Program Fee
(one-time fee, paid to Registration Services upon arrival)
UW Registration Fee
(quarterly fee paid to Registration Services upon arrival and each academic quarter after that)
$45 per quarter
Additional Charges
Student Health Insurance
(available 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)
$117 per month
UW Department Fees
(paid to department administrator if applicable)
UW Student Transit Pass
(optional; paid to Registration Services if desired)
$150 per quarter
Cost of Living
(government-mandated estimate of living expenses, which is not negotiable regardless of your living arrangements)
Cost of Living: Self $2,100 per month
Cost of Living: Spouse
(if applicable; includes required health insurance)
$1,200 per month
Cost of Living: Child/Children
(if applicable; includes required health insurance)
$600 per month

A student's expenses will depend on the length of their internship. Expense estimates include all full and partial months or quarters. Travel expenses to and from the U.S. are not included here, but should be planned for.

Applicants will be required to provide documentation (in English) that demonstrates they have sufficient funding to cover all expenses for their internship.

All expenses subject to change without notice.


We are happy to answer any questions you may have about applying to VISIT.