Frequently Asked Questions
The program is $1000.00 per month or discounted rate of $11,000.00 per year for a 12 month visit. Visits shorter than two weeks are free.
Unfortunately, no. Our VIS program is self-funded and much of the cost of running the program is paid by the VIS program fee.
The minimum amount of money a visiting scholars need to show in their bank accounts or other funding sources is $1500.00 per month for living expenses plus the $1000.00 program fee. Scholars whose spouses or children accompany them need to show an additional $725.00 per month for their spouse and $362.50 per child per month.
No, the scholars are expected to find their own housing and it is not included in our fee. Airfare and other travel is also not included in our fee.
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Usually, we can accept a potential VIS into the program within several weeks of receiving their application. However, due to shipping and processing times, obtaining the official DS-2019 can take several months. We recommend that potential scholars start the process at least four to six months before they would like to arrive on campus.
Yes, family members can join the visiting scholar under a J-2 visa.
No, you don’t have to be a nurse or nursing student. However, you need to have a minimum of a master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) in a field related to your desired area of study. Scholars with a bachelor’s degree and extensive experience in their field are also given consideration and eligible to apply..
Each VIS works with their mentor to develop an overall study plan and focus area for their visit. They should have formulated these ideas before they get to UNC. Once here, scholars can audit up to two course per semester, as well as, participate in relevant research, seminars, and other enrichment activities. Scholars are not allowed to engage in practice or treatment of patients.
No. We evaluate every scholar’s English skills via a short Skype interview. This eliminates the need for any other testing.
Any of the faculty members at UNC can potentially be your mentor. Determinations are made based on the desire of the scholar, the expected area of study, and the faculty availability.
No. The U.S. State Department regulations forbid nurses with a J-1 visa status from participating in clinical activities.
Yes. All scholars can audit two courses per semester are highly encouraged to do so. Audit courses do not count towards a degree, however, a certificate of completion is available upon request.