J-1 Teacher Exchange USA

J-1 Teacher Exchange USA 2020-01-20T00:32:07+00:00

Teach in a School to Influence Young Lives in the U.S.

The future development of any nation is in the hands of teachers.

The J-1 Teacher Program is a nonimmigrant cultural exchange program, which gives foreign teachers the opportunity to teach in accredited primary and secondary schools in the United States. Teachers may work in a U.S. school for up to 3 years, with the possibility of extending the program for 1 or 2 years.The program gives the teachers a chance to inspire a new generation of leaders, enrich the minds of the youth, and shape a nation’s future. The teachers present students with ideas from a refreshing perspective, which empowers them to think with a greater point of view.

The J-1 Teacher Program is designed to immerse the teacher and students in a cultural component. Exchange teachers sharpen their professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities in schools and communities, and they return to their home school after the exchange to share their experiences and increased knowledge of the United States and the U.S. educational system

Program Eligibility

    1. Are currently employed as a teacher in his or her home country, or country of legal residence.


2. If not currently employed as a teacher, have within the past 12 months completed an advanced degree beyond the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either general education, or in the specific academic subject field in which they intend to teach.


  • Meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence;

  • Be working as a teacher in the home country or country of legal residence at the time of application, or, if not working as a teacher, otherwise meet the eligibility qualifications and (a) have recently (within 12 months of application) completed an advanced degree and (b) have two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years; 

  • Have a degree-equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject field in which they intend to teach;

  • Have a minimum of two years (24 months) of teaching or related professional experience;

  • Satisfy the standards of the U.S. state in which they will teach;

  • Be of good reputation and character;

  • Be seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of full-time teaching as a teacher of record at a primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary accredited educational institution in the United States (pre-kindergarten teachers must teach full-time, and at the pre-kindergarten level, may teach only language immersion at an accredited host school);

  • Possess sufficient proficiency in the English language.