Home-country Physical Presence Requirement

The two-year home-country foreign residency requires that J-1 students or scholars must return to their home country for a cumulative total of two years at the end of their program. This requirement applies to any J-1 students and scholars who are funded by either their government, or the U.S. government; have specialized knowledge or skills deemed necessary by their home country; or received graduate medical training.  

Health Insurance

All J-1 students and scholars (as well as their dependents) must have insurance in effect that covers them for sickness or accidents during the time of their exchange visitor program. For more information on coverages, visit the Exchange Visitor Program website 


CGU and the Claremont Colleges offers many different options for on-campus and off-campus housing. Visit the Housing Community page for information. 


Claremont Graduate University hosts two orientations each academic year during the fall and spring semester. We encourage all CGU J-1 students and scholars to attend, if their program begins at the start of the fall and spring semester. For non-CGU J-1 students and scholars, we encourage you attend CGU’s international orientation, or contact your campus specific international advisor. For more information on CGU’s orientation sessions, please visit the CGU Orientation website.

SEVIS Check-In

All J-1 students and scholars must complete a SEVIS check-in with an International Advisor upon arrival to the United States. Most will complete the check-in process by attending CGU’s International Orientation session. However, if your schedule does not align, you can complete the check-in by scheduling an appointment with an International Advisor. SEVIS check-ins are typically 45-60 minutes. International Advisors review J-1 regulations and policies as it applies to the Claremont College host site. J-1 Scholars and Students should bring their J-1 visa, and proof of health insurance coverage to the appointment.