Introducing the HPUSA J1 Cultural Exchange Program FOR HUNGARY RESIDENTS!

This program allows students and graduates from Hungary to enjoy a hands-on PAID training experience in the USA for up to 12 months.

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Its capital, Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Hungary is renowned for its rich history, art, culture, and culinary traditions, and values professionals who can thrive in multicultural environments, appreciate the customs of other cultures, and effectively engage in the globalized world.

HPUSA maintains an active presence in Hungary. We offer paid work experience opportunities in the United States to enhance the careers of young professionals from Hungary. Join us in this exciting cultural exchange program that will broaden your horizons, refine your skills, and connect you with a global network of professionals.

on the HPUSA J1 Program

We take the guesswork out of applying for a Visa to the USA and handle the complete process including acting as liaison with your Host and Sponsor for the duration of the program.

  • J1 Visa Sponsorship to train in the USA for 12 months (DS-2019).
  • 12 months of basic health insurance.
  • Pre-departure orientation.
  • 12 months of support and assistance from our US office while you’re in the US.
  • Banking and Tax assistance.
  • 24 Hour emergency support.
  • Access to the HPUSA Facebook group.
  • USA work handbook through the sponsor organization.
  • 30-day grace period to travel (not work) after your Visa expires.

are you ready?

We’ll help you navigate the process of applying for your J1 Visa, interviewing with luxury hotels and resorts, and traveling to the U.S. to work. Just click the button below to start your application for our program and get ready to begin an exciting new experience.

So what are you waiting for — let’s get started!

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  • You must be able to travel to a U.S. Embassy located in Budapest.
  • You must be able to depart any time during the year.
  • You must be committed to training in the US for the duration of the program.
  • You must quality for basic health insurance for the duration of the program.
  • You need to be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • You must have funds to cover all expenses and accommodation on arrival in the USA.


  • You must hold a hospitality or hotel-related Degree or Diploma.
  • You also need one year of full-time hospitality related work experience outside the United States OR have at least 5 years of relevant work experience.


  • You must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States or have graduated in the past 12 months with a hospitality/ hotel/ tourism degree.
  • Some hospitality related experience or on the job training in the position you are applying for is preferred.



To find out what are program fees are for you coming from Italy, CONTACT US and we’ll respond within 24 business hours with more information.


Traveling to expand your career in the hospitality industry is a big step. We understand that you have a lot to learn, and we’re here to help! Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


After you’re accepted to our program, things will move quickly. Within 11 weeks, most of our participants find themselves booking their flight to the USA and starting their journey.

Learn exactly what to expect from the first week to the moment you book your flight in our week-by-week process breakdown.

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