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University Exchange Programs
Under partnership agreements between their universities, American and international students can trade places and experience living in each other’s countries and studying at each other’s universities. This study might be part of a degree program in your home country, or you might take just a few courses at a U.S. university—at the undergraduate or graduate level—for your personal or professional enrichment.
J-1/Professional Exchange Programs include:
Summer Work/Travel. Permits postsecondary students to work in the United States during summer vacations. Maximum program duration is four months.
Camp Counselor. Allows foreign participants to work at U.S. summer youth camps for up to four months.
Intern. Allows current university students and recent graduates to pursue an internship with a U.S. business or non-profit organization for periods of up to 12 months.
Trainee. Allows eligible foreign participants the opportunity to develop professional skills with a U.S. business or organization for periods as long as 18 months.
Teacher. Allows qualified, experienced teachers to teach full time in U.S. primary or secondary accredited schools for up to three years.
Au Pair. Allows foreign participants ages 18-26 to live with an American family and provide up to 45 hours per week of childcare in the home. The program also includes a mandatory educational component conducted outside the home.
Vocational and Technical Exchange Programs
To learn a new skill or update an existing one, consider a short-term program at a two-year community college or junior college, a vocational or technical institution, or a private training center. Programs range from several days to more than a year and are designed to meet specific, practical training requirements that prepare students for employment. Common vocational and technical exchange programs include data processing, culinary arts, construction, automotive mechanics, game design, and secretarial services.