Cost

Fees payable to the Visa Sponsor

BSG

Programme & Visa Costs:

  • $500 for any student on a 6-12 month internship
  • Fee is payable directly to the visa sponsor (BSG recruits and places; charges students no fees)
  • The balance of the visa fee is paid by the Host Club/Hotel

Items covered by the Fee:

  • Pre-screening and J-1 eligibility reviewing
  • Facilitation of student interview with Host Organization
  • Preparation of Form DS-7002 Training & Internship Placement Plan (TIPP)
  • Issuing of Form DS-2019 form (approval to be an Exchange Intern)
  • SEVIS fee paid to the US government
  • Direct courier shipment of the DS-2019 to your home address
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the internship

Items not included in the Fee:

  • Form DS-160 visa application fee (payable directly to the US Embassy)
  • Airfare
  • Housing and meals
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses

Services provided by BSG to students (no charge):

  • Informational presentation at universities and colleges
  • CV guidance
  • Coordination with J-1 Visa sponsor
  • Skype Interview advice and preparation
  • Coordination with Host club/hotel
  • Visa application assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation seminar in London
  • 24-hour support provided by BSG during your stay in the USA
  • Cultural events schedule

Budgeting for your trip

While this is a paid internship, it is advisable to come to the USA with enough funds to pay for initial expenses and to support yourself until you get paid for the first time. With Hosts operating on two-week pay cycles, that could take up to three weeks. Most Host Organizations provide free transport from the airport to your new address, plus daily transportation to and from work. You will need enough funds for food, entertainment and a local mobile service. It is recommended that you arrive with access to at least $750.

Estimated cost of living

  • Housing: $475-$530 per month
  • Food: $150-$300 per month
  • Transportation: $0-$40 per month
  • Personal: $0-$100 per month