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Several options exist for exchange programs in our department. These include:

  • Pursuing a Master’s Degree in cooperation with Blaise-Pascal University in France
  • Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Completing a research internship through the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program


About the J-1 Research Internship Program

The purpose of the US Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. The J-1 Student Intern program at OU is designed for graduate or undergraduate students who are currently pursuing a degree program outside the US, and who wish to participate in an internship opportunity in the US that fulfills an educational objective of their degree program.

The J-1 Exchange Visitor program at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is administered by OU and the US Department of State. J-1 students often receive program funding from a government, a corporation, a non-profit foundation. A number of J-1 students come to OU as short-term exchange students for one or two semesters. The financial sponsor for these students is their home University. Exchange students at OU enjoy the benefit of a research experience without having to pay tuition and fees.

Prospective J-1 student interns are encouraged to examine the brochure and become familiar with the participating faculty and their research interests, and are invited to contact them and learn more about their programs. All of us in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry look forward to answering any questions you may have about the Department and how you can contribute to becoming an agent for positive change.

Required Materials for Formal Application to the J-1 Student Intern Program

1. Complete the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry J-1 Student Intern Program Application

For assistance in completing the online application forms please contact:

Chemistry and Biochemistry Intern Program Assistant
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Oklahoma
101 Stephenson Parkway, SLSRC, Rm 1000
Norman, OK 73019-5251 USA
Phone: (405) 325-4811
Fax: (405) 325-6111

2. Photocopies of your transcripts

3. Photocopies of your TOEFL or IELTS score

4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your college work. These letters should address your likelihood for success in the program and should be mailed by the letter writers, not the applicant.

All correspondence, letters of recommendation, transcripts and scores should be mailed to the following:

Tracy Shaw
International Intern Coordinator
International Student Services
College of International Studies
University of Oklahoma
Hester Hall
729 Elm Avenue, Room 144
Norman, OK 73019-2102
Phone: (405) 325-3337
Fax: (405) 325-0197