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Chapter 2D: Visiting International Graduate Students (VIGS)

International graduate students who wish to enroll at Washington State University for up to one year and then return to the graduate school in which they are pursuing an advanced degree may be admitted as VIGS. Such students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Each student must complete an application for admission as a VIGS AND meet the following WSU Graduate School requirements:
    • Must have been admitted to a recognized international graduate school, be in good standing, and actively pursuing a graduate degree at that institution.
    • Must be accepted by a WSU graduate degree granting department/program and WSU Graduate School.
    • Must be accepted by a WSU graduate degree granting department/program and WSU Graduate School.
    • Must submit TOEFL scores at the minimum level required by the department in which the student will be studying. Other English language proficiency requirements may be required by departments or the Graduate School based on proposed course of study or level of service appointments.
    • All documentation submitted by the applicant must be in English or official translations into English accompanied by the original foreign language document.
  2. Admission as a VIGS is for the equivalent of up to one academic year (i.e.,two semesters). If a student later applies for admission to the Graduate School to work toward a degree, the student must formally apply and submit complete credentials as outlined in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures Manual.
  3. To qualify as a VIGS (J-1visa) a student must submit a completed application form and statement of financial support for the student and any accompanying dependents. The support must meet or exceed the estimates as published each semester by the Graduate School. Such documentation may be in the form of original documentation from the home institution, WSU department (if funding is from WSU sources), documentation from other agencies, personal bank statements from the student (for dependent support), or a combination thereof.
  4. Students will be admitted as a VIGSand issued an immigration document (DS2019). The DS2019 will be sent to the Graduate School by the Office of International Programs (OIP) for transmittal to the students.
  5. All VIGS must report to OIP for orientation shortly after arrival at WSU (to be arranged between the supervising faculty member and OIP).
  6. All VIGS must enroll in,and will automatically be charged for,the international student health insurance plan on arrival (including the required insurance for any accompanying dependents).
  7. VIGS may be required by the J-1 sponsor to reside in WSU on-campus housing, if available.