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The information on this page is for individuals who have been admitted to Summer or Winter Institutes within The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

Due to variations in the Institutes and in the situations of individuals attending the Institutes, it is necessary for the Office of International Services to determine the appropriate visa type for particpants on an individual basis.

So that we may advise you regarding the appropriate visa type, please complete the Institute Applicant Form and email it to  In reply, you and the coordinator of the Institute you plan to attend will receive an email indicating the appropriate visa status.  If necessary, the Institute coordinator will begin the process of requesting J-1 sponsorship for you. 

Information for Institute participants requiring J-1 sponsorship

If J-1 sponsorship is necessary, you will need to provide the Institute coordinator with the following documents:

  • copy of your unexpired passport ID page
  • copy of your funding documents

You will receive an email with instructions on how to access a web portal called iHopkins.  The email will ask you to fill out the J-1 Applicant Information E-Form and, if applicable, the SEVIS Dependent E-Form (the SEVIS Dependent E-Form is the form you will need to complete if you plan to bring a spouse or dependent child on a J-2 dependent visa). You will need to provide a copy of your passport biographical page with the request as well as funding documentation. Your institute coordinator will work with the OIS to ensure that you receive your DS-2019.  If you have not received an email with instructions to access the iHopkins web portal and complete the J-1 Applicant Information E-Form, please contact your institute coordinator. 

Health Insurance

While in J-1 status, you must maintain health insurance for yourself and any J-2 dependents.  While the OIS cannot endorse any specific plan we do encourage you to consider those plans endorsed by NAFSA as Global Partners.

 Additional information regarding health insurance.  

Check In with the OIS

Upon arrival, you are required to check in with the OIS.  Please check with your Institute coordinator to see if there is a scheduled time for you to complete the check-in process.  If not, you can check in during OIS office hours.  Please bring your passport, DS-2019, printout of I-94 information (obtained here after arriving in the U.S.) and check-in form.

Frequently Asked Questions


Information for Institute Coordinators

Cut-Off dates for Summer Institute J-1 Requests

Check-in Form

Want to Talk with an Expert?

Walk In Hours
  • Mon & Wed, 1-4pm
  • Tue & Thur, 9am-12pm

Walk in advising is for F-1 and J-1 questions that can be answered in ten minutes or less. For all other inquiries, please visit the Contact Us page.


Summary of Visa Types, Uses & Limitations

Download the Visa Chart