J Scholar Training for Departments


We hope you are enjoying your new role in bringing international scholars 
to UC Berkeley.

Watch the J Scholar Overview for UC Berkeley Video

This video will provide a definition for our international visitors at UC Berkeley, as well as an overview of the process from when the visitor is initially invited, to when they arrive on campus. You will also receive a short introduction to some of the rules and regulations the visitor must follow to maintain their status while in the U.S. This video is required for anyone who will be submitting J-1 requests to the Berkeley International Office, and is beneficial for anyone who works with J-1 exchange visitors.

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ISD Training for Departments

If you will be responsible for submitting requests for J scholars, please email jscholar@berkeley.edu to be directed to the required ISD training video and to set up a meeting with your Berkeley International Office liaisons.

Meeting topics:

  • Introduction to the Berkeley International Office and your liasion
  • Review of the J Scholar Overview video
  • Review of ISD Training video
  • Question and answer period

International Scholar Dossier (ISD)

ISD is a web-based system used to request visa documents needed to invite J-1 visiting scholars to UC Berkeley. See the system requirements for ISD.

A complete International Scholar Dossier (ISD) record must be submitted to Berkeley International Office at least 2-4 months before the scholar’s start date.