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Benefits

 

Supporting U.S. national security & foreign policy priorities

J-1 Exchange Visitor Program participants take home positive impressions of America -- 9 out of 10 report a more favorable view of the U.S. These university students and young professionals move into a broad range of professions in their home countries where they are likely to be influencers. Their exchange experiences create a foundation for positive relationships and trust with our country, equipping these future leaders with favorable impressions of America, firsthand experience with American business practices and American families, and improved English skills.

FUTURE LEADERS FROM 200+ COUNTRIES

Participants are university students and young professionals from around the world. They are the future business, political, and civil society leaders of their countries.

9 out of 10 have a better view of the U.S.

More than 90% of all J-1 exchange program alumni report a more positive view of the U.S. following their programs.

6.5 MILLION+ WORLDWIDE ALUMNI

Since 2000, 6.5 million + students and young professionals from around the world have experienced American culture and values through the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

1 in 3 world leaders is an exchange program alum

One in three current world leaders is an alumnus of a Department of State international exchange program.

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Helping American small businesses and working families 

J-1 Exchange Visitor Programs engage American businesses, summer camps, and families as hosts. 

The Summer Work Travel Program helps local businesses—many of them small and family-operated, and all in tourist locations—to fulfill short-term, high-volume needs during peak seasons and the shoulder seasons (before Memorial Day and after Labor Day). 

The Au Pair Program provides a valuable option for hardworking American families looking for quality, culturally enriching childcare.

The Camp Counselor Program places young people from around the world at American summer camps, providing a culturally enriching and memorable experience for young American campers.

The Intern and Trainee Programs allow American host businesses to train their American workforce to operate in the global economy, as well as to create new business connections in new countries.

$37 billion contributed to the u.s. economy

J-1 exchange participants contribute to local American economies, spending their personal funds on living expenses, travel, shopping, and more. Summer Work Travel students contributed $509 million to the U.S. Economy in 2016. International students overall contributed $36.9 billion.

9 out of 10 say exchanges increase business

More than 90% of Summer Work Travel hosts said J-1 participants enhance their businesses. 86% of Intern and Trainee hosts say that staff with more international expertise increases their business. 

450,000 American Jobs created

J-1 exchange supplement and sustain the existing American workforce in seasonal areas. They are placed in tourist destinations with already high American employment rates. International students helped create more than 450,000 American jobs in 2016.


50% would lose revenue

Half of Summer Work Travel hosts said they would lose critical seasonal revenue without J-1 participants.

Facilitating a 360° cultural exchange

By living in the U.S. and interacting with Americans on a daily basis, international students and young professionals learn firsthand about American culture and American citizens Their programs also allow Americans to learn about the participants and their countries and cultures, fostering mutual respect and understanding. The fundamental purpose of all J-1 Exchange Visitor Programs is to encourage meaningful interactions between visiting participants and Americans.

Work is an integral part of the cultural experience. International students and professionals learn about American free market business practices and a transparent work culture, interact with American co-workers and customers, improve their English language skills, and in the process earn money to help defray the cost of their travels throughout the U.S. Outside of their work hours, participants further learn about American culture by getting involved in their communities, engaging in volunteer and leadership activities, and traveling and sightseeing. They gain a broader cultural understanding of the U.S., its customs, and its values.
 

96% share their culture

96% of J-1 participants reported sharing their own culture with Americans.

95% make friends with Americans

95% of J-1 participants reported making friends with Americans, and 88% reported keeping in touch with American friends after returning home.

9 out of 10 seek cultural exchange

91% of J-1 participants reported cultural exchange as their top reason for participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.