The YEAR program partners with American Universities and Community Colleges across the United States to provide an enriching academic and cultural experience to YEAR students. Host institutions play a key role in the success of the program.

The program covers participants’ international round trip travel, tuition and mandatory fees, room and board, health insurance, as well as provides a small stipend and a book allowance for students.

YEAR students will enroll as full-time non-degree students at host institutions and take courses in their field of study, as well as American studies and elective courses.

Students study in the United States on a J-1 visa, and the YEAR program issues the DS-2019 Form.

YEAR Program Expectations from Host Institutions:  

  • two and four-year institutions that provide high-quality academic programs
  • experience working with international students
  • ability to provide a significant cost-share contribution. Cost-share can be offered in the form of full or partial tuition, partial meal plan cost waivers, scholarship, or other contribution
  • providing academic, cultural, and logistical support to YEAR students
  • place students in on-campus housing or with host families if on-campus housing is not available
  • enrolling students in meal plans on campus
  • ability to connect students with local communities and support identifying volunteering opportunities
  • availability to connect YEAR students with host families on holidays, weekends, and/or school’s breaks to help students learn about American culture and values

YEAR Program Expectations from Students:  

  • enroll as a full-time, non-degree student at an American university or community college
  • volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours in their local community as part of the community service activity
  • maintain a good academic standing
  • share their culture with American people and students on campus
  • connect with American host families to deepen understanding about American culture and values

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