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J-1 Visa Program for Secondary Students

Experience the United States with a Year in a J-1 Visa High School Program
J-1 VISA PROGRAM LAUNCHING NOW! Student Ambassador Exchange is excited to announce that we have received our approval from the Department of State to offer secondary students the opportunity to attend high school for up to one year in the United States.

IMG_2735The J-1 Visa Program allows students to study for a year in the US, live with a host family, and connect with a different culture while sharing their own. To participate in our program, students should have good English abilities,  a commitment to their academics, and an open mind about living and learning with an amazing host family! Students have the opportunity to learn about a new culture and to make new friends in the United States.

SAE J-1 Visa Program includes:

  • Enrollment in a U.S. public high school for one or two semesters
  • Room and board with a volunteer host family
  • Orientation training after student’s arrival in the U.S.
  • Support and contact with an SAE Local Coordinator and Regional Program Coordinator
  • Regular Program Evaluation
  • Departure training prior to the end of the school year
  • Health and accident insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop off for arrival and departure from the program
  • DS-2019 support for J-1 Visa applications

The program excludes:

  • International and domestic air travel
  • School fees
  • Additional activity fees
  • Lunch at school
  • Personal money

Students should be prepared to provide for their own personal expenses and for any meals outside of those eaten with the host family. Placements in our J-1 Visa program are determined by school and host family availability. Students should be prepared to be placed in any region in the continental United States.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please fill out our inquiry form to the right, and an SAE Program Coordinator will get in touch with you within 48 business hours.

The Department of State implemented a toll free number (1-866-283-9090) for secondary school students, which was effective August 1, 2009. The toll free number can be used by host families, exchange students, and the public to report circumstances impacting the students’ health, safety, and well-being during their exchange visitor programs. You can also email the Department at jvisas@state.gov.
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SAE hopes to launch its Study Abroad program in the summer of 2016!

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Student Ambassador Exchange (SAE) offers internship programs for international college students to study for six months in the United States. With our partner organizations, our internship program offers:

  • Quality internship opportunities
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship for 6 months
  • Health insurance
  • Housing location assistance

Student Ambassador Exchange (SAE) offers you the opportunity gain valuable work place experience in the United States! We offer opportunities in major cities and areas throughout the U.S..

With offices in the United States and abroad, we are ideally qualified to help you find an internship that will sharpen your job skills and get your resume noticed!

Let us help you by placing you with one of the many organizations seeking international interns today!

RequirementsFeesHow to ApplyAcceptance
Applicants to our program should meet one of the following:
    • Currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree or certificate granting post-secondary academic institution outside of the United States
    • Graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the program start date, and intend to enter the Unites States to participate in a guided work-based internship program specific to the student’s specific academic field
SAE Fees
    • Application Fee: $120
    • Program Fee: $5000 (Includes Finding and Placement fee, and mandatory health insurance)
    • J-1 Visa Fee Six Months: $2200

Additional Fees

      • SEVIS Fee: approx. $180
      • US Embassy Interview: approx. $160
      • Flight costs
      • Food and lodging costs


Step 1: Pay the non-refundable $120 application fee

Step 2: Upload documents

      • CV/Resume
      • University Transcript
      • Cover Letter (describing type of internship you want and how your background and education supports your desires)
      • PDF of your passport photo and signature page
      • Two letters of references

Step 3: Receive authorization for online signature forms with our partner agency after review of your application materials

Step 4: Digitally sign the a) Internship Agreement, b) the Refund Policy & Withdrawal Fees Documents and c) Liability Waiver

Step 5: Complete the online questionnaire


Step 1: Submit refundable $2000 deposit (fee will be refunded if we are unable to secure a placement for you)

Step 2: Telephone or Skype interview with your company

Step 3: Placement is secured

Step 4: Submit Program fee balance of $3000 (total program fee is $5000)

Step 5: Submit Visa fees (6 month Visa fee is $2200)

Step 6: DS-2019 issued by our partner office and mailed to applicant

Step 7: Complete I-901 form and pay SEVIS fee to the State Department

Step 8: Schedule an interview with the nearest U.S. consulate

Step 9: J-1 visa is approved

Step 10: Book flights and make final arrangements for the trip to the USA!

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Welcome to the New Student Ambassador Exchange!

SStudent Ambassador Exchange (SAE) is excited to launch its website for 2015! The new year will see the start of SAE program services and opportunities for students abroad and in the United States. At the beginning of the year, SAE will be operating its Homestay Program for high school students in F-1 Visa Programs as well as an Internship Program for college students abroad seeking internship opportunities in the United States. We also look forward to beginning our additional programs in cultural exchange and study abroad in the near future!

AAll information about our programs and services will now be available at your fingertips. At the top of our website homepage, you’ll find information specific for students, host families, and schools interested in our programs. If you simply want to browse through our current and prospective programs, use the slider on our homepage to find out all the different opportunities SAE has to offer now and soon.

EEach day SAE will provide updates to its services, so check back frequently to find out what services we have available for you!

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2015 Program Launch

Student Ambassador Exchange is looking forward to a new year and its launch of the following services: Homestay Program, Internship Program, and Cultural Exchange Program. Keep reading to find out more about these programs and what we can offer you!

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