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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) provides opportunities for qualified foreign nationals to travel and gain experience in the US through a wide range of programs for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.
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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Secondary School Student is for secondary students in his or her home country who have not completed more than 11 years of primary and secondary study, exclusive of kindergarten; or are at least 15 years of age but not more than 18 years and six months of age as of the program start date. Through the Secondary School Student program, participants study at an accredited public or private high school and live with an American host family or at an accredited boarding school.
Eligibility
• Age 15 to 18.5 (if the participant has not completed more than 11 years of primary and secondary study), or not have finished more than 11 years of primary and secondary school, not including kindergarten
• Not have previously participated in a secondary school student academic year or semester exchange program or attended school in the United States in either F-1 or J-1 status

Highlights
• Studying in the United States pursuing a full course of study at a secondary accredited educational institution

Duration
• Varies according to the full course of study being pursued
• No less than one academic semester (or quarter equivalency) and not more than two academic semesters (or quarter equivalency) duration

Benefits
• Extracurricular experiences: May take part in school sanctioned and sponsored extra-curricular activities, including after school sports programs

Remarks
• Accommodations: Live with an American host family or at a US boarding school
• May take part in school activities, including after school sports programs; however, the school district and the state office in charge of deciding athletic eligibility must approve the exchange student’s participation
• May not work part-time or full-time jobs, but may accept occasional work, like yard work or baby-sitting
• No living with relatives