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What’s included

*All figures are based on the available jobs, advertised salary and accommodation costs for our Work USA 2022 program. Calculations are based on working 40 hours a week over the 12-week summer period. Contracts are usually 9-12 weeks, contracted hours are usually 35-40 hours a week, and tips can vary. BUNAC is not liable for any differences in these salaries, directly or indirectly related to your performance. This should be used as a guide only.

Other costs

Other costs

J1 visa fee

USD $160

Proof of funds

As a requirement of your visa, you’ll need to show proof that you have the following funds: USD $800.


You can usually book flights up to 11 months in advance. The cost will depend on when you book and the date you leave your home country. Travelling on a J-1 visa, you must have a return ticket booked.

Staff accommodation

Many of our US employers offer included or subsidised staff accommodation (usually costing between USD $50-$125 per week). If accommodation isn't provided, your employer or BUNAC can assist you with your search. Find out more in our FAQs.

Spending money

Don’t forget to factor in living costs and spending money while you’re working. As well as free accommodation, some of our employers may also include free staff meals.

Travel insurance

Medical cover is included for the duration of your visa, but all travellers should ensure they have comprehensive travel insurance.

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