Work and Travel

The Work and Travel Program is an opportunity for students currently studying in a university/college/post-secondary institution in Cyprus to spend up to 4 months in the U.S. in the summer to learn about American culture, improve their English skills while gaining work experience!  Students interested in the Work and Travel program should read the following information to make sure they are eligible.   




StudyUSA Higher Education Consultants Ltd. (‘StudyUSA’ in short) together with CIEE, a U.S. leader in educational exchange ( is offering the Work and Travel USA Program (WAT USA) to students studying in Cyprus this year!

What is the Work and Travel Program?

The Work and Travel Program is an opportunity for students currently studying in a university/college/post-secondary institution in Cyprus to spend up to 4 months in the U.S. in summer 2017 learning about American culture, improving their English language skills while gaining basic work experience. Students who participate in this program work in places such as restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and carry out basic duties and earn a salary to help cover their expenses in the United States. The employment opportunities available for students applying for the WAT Program from Cyprus and details such as salary can be viewed on the Cyprus CIEE pages ( and ( Read about the employer and then click on the 'Job' tab to find out which positions are available. Students are encouraged to view each job opportunity carefully before applying for the WAT Program and to apply only if they are a good fit for the employment opportunities available. Students should be aware that the main goal of the program is cultural exchange and this is a wonderful opportunity to live in the U.S. for up to 4 months, and meet Americans and learn about the United States. If time allows students may wish to travel within the United States upon the completion of their job.  


Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the CIEE Work & Travel USA program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and not more than 30 years old by the application deadline
  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at a university or other institution of post-secondary education in Cyprus. The degree/diploma course in which you are registered must be at least two years in duration.
  • Have completed at least one year of your degree program (foundation year or preparatory year not included) at the time of application
  • Have at least one more year to graduate from your degree program, at the time of application.
  • Have at least a 2.3 CGPA out of 4.0 or 6.5 out of 10
  • Be able to function in an English-speaking work environment. Complete an English language interview, in person or online, by StudyUSA Higher Education Consultants

How to apply for the Summer Work and Travel Program

Students must submit the following:

  • The Pre-Application Form - In order to check for eligibility and before the remaining forms can be filled out, students must submit this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • The CIEE Work and Travel USA Application
  • The WAT Student Agreement Form 2017
  • The StudyUSA Work and Travel Supplemental Form
  • The StudyUSA Work and Travel Job Choice Form
  • A recent transcript from his/her university/college
  • A copy of your passport. Your passport must be valid for six more months after summer 2017. If it is not, you must be prepared to renew it before applying for a visa.


How much does the Work and Travel Program cost?

The initial application for the WAT USA Program is FREE. However, students who are called for an interview and selected should be ready to pay the following fees to StudyUSA:


(US dollars)


Total Program Fee


Interview Fee


The Interview Fee must be paid at the time of the job interview


Process Fee


The Process Fee is only paid once a job offer is made and the student accepts   the job offer


Total Visa Fees


Visa application fee





Flight to the U.S. (arranged   for and paid by the student)

$1,000- $1,500


Not all students who apply will be called for an interview. Those who are called for interviews will be required to pay the Interview Fee of $200 before the interview. Once the Interview Fee is paid, it cannot be reimbursed. The Process Fee of $1300 is only paid by students who receive concrete job offers and decide to participate in the WAT USA program.  If the Process Fee is not made at the time the employment contract is signed, the visa document will not be issued and the offer of employment will be withdrawn.  

Once a job offer has been finalized, students should be aware that they must pay the Visa ($160) and the SEVIS fee ($35) in order to get their J-1 visa to travel to the United States. International flight costs are also the responsbility of the student.

What does the Program Fee Cover?

The initial application for the program is free. Program fees cover the following:

  • Assistance with the CIEE application process
  • CIEE job placement

(Students who are called for job interviews will have to pay the $200 interview fee which is non-refundable. Only students who are offered jobs will then have to pay the remaining process fee of $1,300 outlined below. CIEE jobs are paid jobs so students will earn money based on the number of hours they work and are required to work on average about 32 hours per week.)

  • DS-2019 document required for J-1 exchange visa to the U.S.
  • Assistance with visa application.
  • StudyUSA support before departing Cyprus for Work and Travel Program in the U.S.
  • A mandatory orientation before departing Cyprus for the Work and Travel Program in the U.S.
  • CIEE support 24/7 during the Work and Travel program in the U.S.
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program.


Cancellation Policy:

  • The interview fee is non-refundable.
  • In the case that the student is denied a visa, the majority of the Process Fee, in the amount of $1,250, will be reimbursed. However, neither the visa application fee nor the SEVIS fee can be reimbursed.
  • If a student withdraws from the WAT Program before applying for a visa but after the DS-2019 form has been issued, the Process Fee will not be reimbursed.
  • If a student withdraws from the WAT Program before applying for a visa but after a job has been secured, a cancellation fee of $200 will be charged even if the DS-2019 form has not been issued. Only $1,100 will be reimbursed.
  • If a student withdraws from the WAT Program after s/he arrives in the United States, there is no reimbursement.



Goals of the Work and Travel Program

The goals are three fold: to expose students to the United Sates and the American culture, to gain work experience, and to improve one’s English. Students will very often be working alongside other international students on the same program. Students will earn a wage to support their cultural experience and their living expenses, and depending on the salary and hours worked, and if time permits, students may be able to afford to travel after their employment is ended. Students are encouraged to view the job opportunities set aside for students applying from Cyprus (available soon) to get a clear idea of how much they can earn.

Stipulations of the Work and Travel Program

  • This job is a temporary summer job and is not permanent employment.
  • Once offered employment, the student must arrive at the place of employment in the United States, in accordance with the job offer, which will be given on an official document. Similar to any job, students will be expected to take their jobs seriously and to fulfill all the duties set forth by their American employers. Students who fail to do so may lose their jobs and return to Cyprus without completing the program. In cases such as these, students will NOT be eligible to receive a cancellation fee. It is for this reason that only serious students genuinely interested in learning about the U.S. and gaining work experience apply for the Work and Travel Program.
  • StudyUSA nor CIEE can be responsible for obtaining a visa for the student. The issuance of a visa is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Embassy Consular Officer. Students must present themselves for an interview at the U.S. Embassy once the program details have been finalized and visa documents have been obtained.
  • Students must return to Cyprus upon completion of the program and in time to resume their studies for the Fall semester at their local university. Students cannot remain in the United States once the visa documents have expired.
  • Medical insurance will be purchased for the student that will cover him/her for the duration of the program. This will be arranged by StudyUSA and CIEE and is included in the Process Fee.
  • Students must show that they have at least $800 for emergency funds before they arrive in the U.S.
  • Students must attend a mandatory on-line orientation before departure to the United States.
  • International flights must be arranged by the student according to the date and place of employment. Students should not arrive in the United States more than 5 days before the start date of their employment.
  • Students must comply with all CIEE and StudyUSA regulations before and during this program.
  • Students may not take dependents on this program