Cost

Fees payable to the sponsor program

BSG

Total Cost: typically between $1500-$2200

Items included in the Fee:

  • Pre-screening and on-site visit of Host Organizations
  • Facilitation of interview between interns and Host Organizations
  • Issuing DS-2019 form to assist in obtaining a J-1 visa
  • SEVIS fee paid by BSG to the US government
  • Direct UPS shipment of the DS-2019 to your home address
  • Medical insurance for the duration of your internship
  • 24-hour emergency support provided by BSG during your stay in the USA
  • health insurance

Items not included in the Fee:

  • Embassy fee for interview at the US embassy ($160)
  • Airfare
  • Housing and meals
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses

Student Services provided by BSG (no charge):

  • Informational presentation at universities
  • CV guidance
  • Interview preparation
  • Coordination with club
  • Coordination with visa sponsor
  • Visa application assistance
  • Pre-Departure orientation seminar in London
  • 24-hour personal support
  • Cultural events schedule

Budgeting for your trip

While this is a paid internship, you must come to the USA with enough funds to pay for initial expenses and to support yourself until you get paid for the first time (could be up to 3 weeks after arrival). 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 a uniform, food, entertainment and a local mobile phone, if you wish to purchase one. 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