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!


HPUSA has a very good reputation in helping foreign applicants

I heard that HPUSA has a very good reputation in helping foreign applicants looking for placements here in this country. They are very thankful to you, including me for helping all the way.


We came here to build our skills to our chosen field and it has helped us a lot!

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 HPUSA Cultural Exchange Participants

I give you and HPUSA a five star rating.

I just want to thank you for this great opportunity. I’m in my first week of training now and I love it! People here at the Westin are really friendly and nice, and I’m learning a lot. I give you and HPUSA a five star rating. The managers are so welcoming, and he is helping me to learn more and keep up in the environment of international hospitality which is really superb.


You made my dreams come true!

Thanks a lot for your support and guidance. You made my dream come true, ma’am. I have experienced first snow in Vernon, NJ, USA for the first time in my life. Thanks to HPUSA for guiding me all the way to my culinary journey in United States of America!! My training is going well. It’s very useful for me to make my career stronger and better. I am learning and experiencing many new things which I had not come across so far. Thank you HPUSA for providing me such a wonderful opportunity.

Ashok Saripalli

A great journey indeed!

“We are all interns from a different state. A great journey indeed! Thank you so much HPUSA for helping mold us to be who we are today! It has been a roller coaster journey but it all started with a decision to challenge myself to join the HPUSA Cultural Exchange Program. It has helped me build strength and character.”

Allynna T., Sheraton
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