Let’s say you buy an all-inclusive package tour...

Your vacation is all planned out in advance by a rep, you just laze by the pool, cultural knowledge comes a travel-guide, and local interaction is limited to “Another beer, please”.

Kinda sounds like the vacation your parents would take, right? And you want a summer to truly remember and to meet real friends for life.

And that’s why we at IEC have given over 100 000 students the great opportunity to work and travel in the US since 1989 — and enjoy truly unique adventures.

Work and Travel USA is your first step into a brave new world. A world independent from your parents for a while, striving to get by and earn money yourself...and whether this summer is the best ever depends on YOU.

So...interested in an exciting challenge?

Work and Travel USA combines hard work with a great vacation. That’s why for students it’s pretty much the most interesting and affordable way to experience the awe-inspiring USA. So — discover this country like never before during your next summer vacation! Work and Travel USA is SO MUCH MORE than three to four months of summer work in the US in hotels, restaurants or amusements parks. It’s about making new friends from all over the world, fabulous adventures, and inspiring journeys. Check out the program profile below. Listen to Discover the World with Work and Travel. Then pack your bags and take off!

Who can participate?
Full-time university students aged 18 to 28 with everyday English knowledge

Applications accepted
September thru April 2023

Program length
2,5–4 months

Варианты программ

Your schedule thru September 2023

September 2022 — March 2023

OK, so let’s get started:

First you’ll have a short Skype interview – which is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about the application procedure. When everything checks out we’ll send a Work and Travel program agreement for you to sign. At which time you’ll pay the initial program fee.

Program agreement (PDF, 322,5 КБ)

Complete the online application

Register on Exchange! by completing the application form – it’s the social network for students just like you: work abroad program participants!

Get a job in the US

Work and Travel self-arranged participants look for jobs in the US themselves, while Full Service participants receive job offers from the program sponsor. After the job offer is confirmed the program sponsor sends you the DS-2019 form.

March — June 2023

Pass the visa interview, get insurance, receive info package

Your local US Embassy conducts visa interviews — usually between one and three weeks from appointment to interview date. After your visa is issued, we’ll send you insurance proof and program info materials.

Мay — June 2023

Fly to the US

Almost there!

So you’ve navigated all levels of the Work and Travel USA journey — congratulations! Now only the airport departure lounge awaits!

You’ll work and travel in the USA — and have the time of your life on your American working holiday!

August — October 2023

Home, sweet home

When you get home after the Work and Travel program you can apply for a tax refund for most deductions from your earnings. You can even use this tax refund to cover your initial program deposit if you fancy reapplying for the program!

As you can see — everything is simple!