J-1 student status might be possible if one of the following conditions is met:
1. You or your program is financed directly or indirectly by the U.S. government, your home government or an international organization of which the U.S. is a member;
2. The exchange program is based on an agreement between the U.S. and another government;
3. The exchange program is based on a written agreement between: a) U.Va. and a foreign educational institution; b) U.Va. and a foreign government; or c) A U.S. state or local government and a foreign government; or
4. You are supported substantially by funding from any source other than personal or family funds.
All J-1 students must pursue a full-time course of study unless otherwise specifically authorized by the ISO. The ISO must approve of any drop below full-time. Full-time status for undergraduates is 12 credit/hours per semester. Full-time status for graduate students is 9 credit/hours per semester.