Designed for Students

Look forward to the experience of a lifetime! Work & Travel USA gives you a chance to live in America, immerse yourself in its culture, venture out and explore, earn money, and add work experience to your resume. It's a journey you will never forget.

A Trip to remember - forever

There’s no doubt: this is a terrific way to spend a university break. Students who come to the United States with CIEE Work & Travel USA learn a lot – about America, about working with others, and about themselves. It’s all thanks to CIEE’s focus on cultural exchange and support. Time after time, our students tell us how we’ve helped them gain independence, maturity, and life skills that prepare them for the future. And along the way, they’ve had a great time!
When embarking on a CIEE Work & Travel USA program, students take responsibility for themselves, work, and share experiences with people across America. The employers with whom CIEE works are proud to be part of that discovery, giving our participants a head start in life.

It’s one thing to visit a place, see the sights, and go home. That’s what tourists do.

Truly understanding a culture and its traditions takes more than a quick visit, however. It takes time to really get to know what a place and its people are all about.

That’s why international exchange is so powerful – and why CIEE Work & Travel USA students get so much out of their stay in this country. When you meet and get to know people, you can go beyond first impressions. You get an appreciation for the culture, become more comfortable, and start to see America in a whole new way. Confused about baseball? Don’t watch it on TV. Head to a game with a co-worker and find out for yourself why it’s America’s favorite sport!

What dates can you go to the USA?

If you're studying in the UK you are allowed to take a job starting on or after 1st June and work through till 30th September.
You are allowed to arrive a maximum 5 days before your job starts and can remain a maximum 30 days after it finishes!

Just for Students.

Eligibility - who can go on the programme?

In order to qualify for Work and Travel USA you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must be over 18
  • You must be in full time study at either university or university level on a course of at least 2 years in length
  • You must be studying in the UK Or a UK citizen studying abroad

Does my course qualify for Work and Travel USA?

If you are not on a full time university course, the minimum requirement for eligibility for a J1 category visa is HNC or equivalent - but only if you are already accepted and enrolled on a full time university level course to commence the following year.
The preferred minimum from the US Department of State is HND level or BTEC Professional Award Level 5.
Please note your course must be full time

Useful Information

What's Included?

  • Full Legal Sponsorship - in order to go to the US on a J1 Programme you need a "Designated Legal Sponsor". The Legal Sponsor is not only responsible for your presence in the USA but also for checking and verifying your application and your summer job. They are also responsible for making sure you have support and a point of contact throughout your time in the USA
  • Insurance- ALL Participants are covered by insurance for the entire time they are in the USA (based on the dates given on an application)
  • Emergency support in the USA - 24/7 contact and assistance using a toll-free number from anywhere in the USA
  • Pre-departure online Orientation
  • Access to comprehensive online information and help on life in the USA
  • SEVIS Fees - SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It's included in your fees! Once your application has been approved, we send you a SEVIS receipt along with your other documentation - you then take this to the embassy interview with you!

Fees - How Much does Summer Work and Travel USA Cost?

There are 2 options for Summer Work and Travel USA. If you already have your own job or are planning on getting one independently please choose INDEPENDENT JOB.
If you would like to be able to apply for the jobs provided by CIEE (these are selected form the best opportunities in the USA) please choose PREMIUM.




  • Access to the best summer Job placement through CIEE - with housing!
  • Processing of documentation
  • Legal Paperwork (the DS-2019 Certificate)
  • Insurance cover for the time you are in the USA
  • 24/7 support in the USA
  • Pre-departure online orientation




  • Processing of documentation
  • Legal Paperwork (the DS-2019 Certificate)
  • Insurance cover for the time you are in the USA
  • 24/7 support in the USA
  • Pre-departure online orientation


US Embassy Interviews

Once your application has been fully approved and processed in the USA, you will receive your legal paperwork from us (this normally happen approximately 5 working days after approval)

You'll then be able to go online and start the process of booking your face to face interview at the US Embassy.

Getting Ready to travel/ Pre-flight Check

Once you have received your passport and visa (this is printed inside your passport) back from the US Embassy or Consulate, please check the details carefully.

You will be allowed to remain in the USA until the end date as listed on your Certificate of Insurance. These details are also available to view on your online account.

What to take with you on the plane (these items MUST be in your hand luggage and with you at ALL times)
  • Your Passport!
  • Your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility
  • Your Insurance Card (this is a pull off card on your Certificate of Insurance)

A Chance to Travel

Once your work experience has ended, it’s time for a new adventure. With Work & Travel USA, you have up to 30 days to travel around the United States before you return home.

Enjoy the light show in New York’s Times Square. Walk in the footsteps of those who started the idea of America on the Freedom Trail in Boston. Taste a spicy mix of cultures with every bite of New Orleans’ Cajun food. Explore Chinatown in San Francisco. The cultural experiences are almost endless!

Or, you might prefer to discover the natural beauty of America. There is nothing quite like the soaring Rockies in Yosemite National Park, a walk through giant redwood forests in California, or a hike on the Appalachian Trail that runs all the way from Georgia to Maine.

No matter where you go in the United States, the skills you learned on the job will help you get around and make memories that will stay with you forever.

What People are Saying

"WORK AND TRAVEL USA IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY to work with American people and learn something new. The journey was incredible!"

About Us

IST Plus was formed in 2003. Since then we have worked with thousands of students and young people from all over the world to help and guide them on their international journeys.
We work with partners across the globe to provide the best service possible.

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