Summer Undergraduate Research Mentored Experience

New Electronic Background Check Process

The University of Texas at El Paso has contracted with Kelmar Global to conduct background checks. In order to receive your final acceptance, you must pass this background check. The following are a short outline of what you need to know/do:

  1. Check your email constantly beginning Feb 15th of the program year for preliminary acceptance.
  2. Continue checking your email for a message from Kelmar Global that will contain a link to the electronic background check form.
  3. The link is ONE-TIME USE ONLY and WILL EXPIRE 72 HOURS FROM SENT DATE/TIME. Be sure to gather any documents/information you may need before clicking the link.

If for any reason you are unable to complete the form, please use the following link to notify us and explain the situation.

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Health Insurance Requirements

Health care system in the U.S.

Health care in the United States is provided by private hospitals and clinics. Although in many countries the government bears the expense of health care for its citizens, in the U.S., individuals and families—including students—are responsible for these costs themselves. Living in the U.S. without adequate health insurance is unwise and potentially extremely expensive.

International students on a J-1 or F-1 visa as well as visiting scholars on J-1 visa are required by the University Texas System to have medical insurance during the duration of their studies/research.  J-2 visa holders who live in the U.S. are also required to have medical coverage. All exchange visitors and any accompanying dependents also may be subject to the terms of the Affordable Care Act.

J-1 Visitors

All SURME program international students are classified as J-1 Student Interns. Please use this form for confirmation of insurance.

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English Proficiency Verification Information

Documented scores must be submitted at the time of application.

Recent changes to the U.S. Department of State regulations for J-1 Exchange Visitors [22 CFR 62.11(a)(2)] require that program sponsors verify that a prospective J-1 Exchange Visitor’s English proficiency is sufficient to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day-basis as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency.

The UTEP SURME Program will accept any of the following to satisfy the English Proficiency verification:


Program Coordinator

Joseph Ramos - SURME Program Coordinator

Joseph "Joe" Ramos

Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

(915) 747-6210