You are participating in a Cultural Exchange program. The primary purpose of this program is cultural exchange. If you are only interested in making money, this is not the program for you. Exchange Visitors in the J-1 Intern / Trainee program are allowed to participate in a structured and guided work-based training program in their specific academic or occupational field. You are required to comply with the terms of your program and Training Plan.
The Exchange Visitor Program fosters global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. As an exchange visitor in the U.S., you are required to return to your home/school country upon completion of your program in order to share your exchange experiences. GEC encourages you to share your cultural activities with us by sending us photos and taking the time to share your experiences when you submit your monthly monitoring questionnaires.
Once you complete your program, you may travel in the U.S. for up to 30 days before returning to your home/school country.
Below is a helpful guide of average expenses in the U.S. Exact costs will vary based on different locations throughout the U.S. This only serves as a guide to assist you with creating a budget based on your hours and training stipend.
Make sure you bring the required amount of funds with you to the U.S. so that you can cover your first several weeks of living expenses.
|RENT||$600 – $1250 per month||(Based on a room in an apartment or house with shared kitchen, living room, bathroom)|
|RENTAL DEPOSIT||$100 – $500||Paid along with the first month’s rent, and may or may not be refundable|
|UTILITIES||$100 – $300 per month||May include electricity, water, phone, gas, trash pickup|
|UTILITY DEPOSITS||$25 – $150||May be required by some rental properties|
|GROCERIES||$150 – $500 per month||Based on your personal choices|
|PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION||$4.00 – $20.00||per one-way trip|
|PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION||$5.00 – $25.00||per one-way trip|
The U.S. government requires all Exchange Visitors to be insured for the duration of their program. Failure to maintain insurance is a violation of your program and will result in the termination of your program even if your program has ended.