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Internships/PCT

StudyUSA Higher Education Consultants Ltd. (StudyUSA) together with CIEE, a U.S. leader in educational exchange, is offering the Internship (INT) and Professional Career Training (PCT) Programs  to students interested in working short-term in the U.S. These two programs are essentially the same but the PCT program requires some work experience whereas the INT program is for students in university or those who have recently graduated.

 

What is the INTERNSHIP (INT) Program?

The Internship (INT) program gives you the opportunity work in the United States for up to fourteen months and is for students who are still studying or who have just graduated. StudyUSA is the official representative of CIEE, the largest educational exchange organization in the United States, and it is through CIEE that we are able to offer this program in Cyprus. To read about CIEE and these programs in detail, please visit their www.ciee.org/intern.

Students can apply either as Self-Placed or Placed students under this program:

Self-Placed: Students who have secured their own internships in the U.S. may apply as Self-Placed students. In this case, students would already have job offers when applying for this program and would only pay the INT/PCT Fee.
If you would like to try to locate your own internship, please read CIEE’s suggestions on how to secure an internship at: https://www.ciee.org/in-the-usa/research-training/intern-professional-training/for-interns/find-internship . CIEE also keeps a list of available internships on their website http://available-internships.ciee.org/. We have had students secure internships through these suggestions so please do not be discouraged! We have also had students secure job placements through their universities in Cyprus so please also speak to your professors.

Placed: Students who do not have job offers and need assistance in securing an internship would apply as Placed students. In this case, StudyUSA, together with CIEE or Internship International would locate an appropriate internship opportunity for the student. The cost of this program includes the INT Program Fee plus a Placement Fee of $1,650. Fees can be viewed in the INT Information Package.

Eligibility Requirements for the INTERNSHIP Program:

To be eligible for the Internship Program you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be registered as a full-time student at a university or other institution of an accredited post-secondary institution in Cyprus, or have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to your prospective employment start date.
  • Have at least a 2.5 CGPA out of 4.0 or 7 out of 10 (A 3.0 is required for the Placed Program)
  • Be able to function in an English-speaking work environment. Complete an English language interview, in person or by telephone, by StudyUSA Higher Education Consultants
  • Must have an internship offer from a valid U.S. employer. Please visit the CIEE Internship website for ideas on how to locate internships and some available positions: www.ciee.org/intern
  • How to apply for the INT Program

The Cost of the INT Program?

The initial application to apply is free.  For full fee details, please view our INT Information Package.

 

What is the Professional Career Training (PCT) Program?

The Professional Career Training (PCT) program gives you the opportunity work in the United States for up to twenty months and is for students who have graduated and have some work experience. StudyUSA is the official representative of CIEE, the largest educational exchange organization in the United States, and it is through CIEE that we are able to offer this program in Cyprus. To read about CIEE and this program in detail, please visit their www.ciee.org/intern

Students can apply either as Self-Placed or Placed students under this program:

  • Self-Placed: Students who have secured their own internships in the U.S. may apply as Self-Placed students. In this case, students would already have job offers when applying for this program and would only pay the PCT Program Fee.

If you would like to try to locate your own internship, please read CIEE’s suggestions on how to secure an internship at: https://www.ciee.org/in-the-usa/research-training/intern-professional-training/for-interns/find-internship . CIEE also keeps a list of available internships on their website http://available-internships.ciee.org/. We have had students secure internships through these suggestions so please do not be discouraged! We have also had students secure job placements through their universities in Cyprus so please also speak to your professors.

  • Placed: Students who do not have job offers and need assistance in securing an internship would apply as Placed students. Only students in the field of tourism and culinary studies can apply for placement. We cannot secure internships in any other fields. In this case, StudyUSA, together with CIEE or Internship International would locate an appropriate internship opportunity for the student. The cost of this program includes the PCT Program Fee plus a Placement Fee of $1,650. Fees can be viewed in the PCT Information Package.

Eligibility Requirements for the PROFESSIONAL CAREER TRAINING Program:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be either a graduate from an accredited post-secondary institution in Cyprus with one year of work experience in Cyprus related to your proposed field of your training, or have five years of relevant work experience in Cyprus.
  • Have at least a 2.5 out of 4.0 or 7 out of 10 CGPA on your most recent university transcript (A 3.0 is required for the Placed Program).
  • Be able to function in an English-speaking work environment.
  • Complete an English language interview, in person or by telephone, by StudyUSA Higher Education Consultants
  • With or without a job offer/internship from a valid U.S. employer

The Cost of the PCT Program:

The initial application to apply is free. For full fee details, please see our PCT Information Package.

 

Cancellation Policy for both the INT and PCT Programs

  • Standard Cancellation Fee – The INT/PCT USA applicant will be charged a $350 USD Standard Cancellation Fee for all cancellations occurring before a DS-2019 has been printed. The INT/PCT USA applicant will be charged a $450 USD Standard Cancellation Fee for all cancellations occurring after a DS-2019 has been printed. To receive the refund of program fees for cancellations after the DS-2019 is printed, the INT/PCT USA applicant must return the original DS-2019 to AG StudyUSA.
  • Visa Cancellation Fee –If the application is cancelled because of the local consulate’s refusal to grant a visa, the Visa Cancellation Fee of $300 USD will be charged (instead of the Standard Cancellation Fee) provided that the INT/PCT USA applicant provides AG StudyUSA with acceptable evidence of visa refusal. The visa application  fee of $160 submitted to the U.S. embassy is non-refundable
  • SEVIS Cancellation Fee – The U.S. government SEVIS fee of $180 USD is non-refundable and will be charged, in addition to all AG StudyUSA cancellation fees Please note that the SEVIS fee is subject to change.
  • Expedited Application Cancellation Fee – The INT/PCT USA applicant will be charged the $1350 USD expedited fee for all expedited applications that were cancelled after the DS2019 form has been printed.
  • Site Visit Cancellation Fee – If an application is cancelled after a site visit has been conducted but prior to DS-2019 production, a cancellation fee of $100 USD will be charged to the INT/PCT USA applicant. If an application is cancelled after a site visit has been conducted and after the DS-2019 has been produced, the INT/PCT USA applicant will be charged a fee of $100 USD in addition to the Standard Cancellation Fee referenced above. If an application is denied by CIEE after a site visit has been conducted, a fee of $100 USD will be charged to the applicant.
  • J-2 Dependent Cancellation Fee – The INT/PCT USA applicant will be charged a $100 USD cancellation fee for all J-2 cancellations regardless of whether it is a standard cancellation or a visa cancellation.