How Does the J1 Cultural Exchange Program Work?

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Week 1

Your students and recent graduates will learn about the program by reading HPUSA website information — including FAQs. They will be able to ask us any questions they have while completing their online application and uploading their registration documents.

Week 2

We will complete a Skype Welcome and Registration Interview as well as request the signed HPUSA Participant Confirmation and Terms & Conditions. Your students will then have the option to either pay the full program fee at this stage, or just pay the $600 USD registration fee.

Week 3

We will begin scheduling Skype webcam interviews with potential host employers. If successful, we will confirm your placement offer and training plan for signing. Any remaining program fees are due to be paid now.

Weeks 4 to 7

We will upload the completed application and signed documents for sponsor processing. This may include a Skype interview with the sponsor and completing an online orientation quiz.

Week 8

We will confirm when DS kit is ready to be sent.

Week 9

Once the DS Kit is received, we will provide instructions to pay the SEVIS fee of $180 USD, the Embassy interview fee of $160 USD plus complete their DS-160 Form and book their embassy interview.

Week 11

Their passport with stamped visa should be returned within 1 week. Some students/ recent graduates will attend pre-departure orientation if their specific country requires it, then they can book their flight and head off to the USA!


Thank you so much HPUSA for giving us this great opportunity!

"We came here to build our skills to our chosen field and it has helped us a lot! They help us to develop our skills, knowledge, character and to deal with the different people in the hospitality industry! We have experienced different cultures and got a chance to travel different states. We united as one big family and this is only some of the pictures of our memorable moments that we will treasure forever! Thank you so much HPUSA for giving us this great opportunity!"

Marriott Pennsylvania Interns

Such a wonderful experience!

"I was given the opportunity to visit “Hacienda Patron”, Patron Tequila’s Distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. I was able to learn more about tequila and meet some new friends. Such a wonderful experience!"

Keir James E

I really enjoyed celebrating 4th of July in NYC

“I really enjoyed celebrating 4th of July in NYC and watching the beautiful fireworks. I also had the opportunity to play in a baseball game. It was so much fun! I am learning so many new things and developing my skills in the hospitality industry thanks to the HPUSA Cultural Exchange Visitors program.”

Veronika S.

Thank you for such a rewarding experience.

Thank you to HPUSA and your team for making my USA Internship experience so rewarding. I had so much fun and learnt a great deal at the Marriott San Diego. I’m looking forward to continuing my career growth back home.

Damien Welsh

This has been the best experience!

"This has been the best experience! I enjoy being part of the Cultural Exchange Visitor Program because I have experienced training internationally, got to learn and appreciate the American culture, to be independent, and to improve and share my knowledge of the hospitality industry?. Thank you HPUSA for assisting with placement with the best host company! It feels amazing that my hard work has been recognized and being rewarded for the efforts that I put in. You are all awesome!"

Kristina A.
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