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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.
BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Teacher is for foreign nationals with the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree in either education or the subject matter (or related subjects) s/he intends to teach and a minimum of the equivalent of two years of post-degree full-time teaching experience, who are employed as a teacher at the time of application for the program, for the purpose of teaching full-time in a primary or secondary accredited academic institution.
• 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 US 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 US 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 US (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

Program summary
• Educational and cultural enrichment: Sharpen professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities in schools and communities, and return to their home school after the exchange to share their experiences and increased knowledge of the US and the US educational system

• Maximum 3 years

• Participants teach in accredited primary and secondary schools in the US