Teacher USA

The Adventure
The Details

The Adventure


What is Teacher USA

CCUSA’s Teacher USA is designated by the United States Department of State as a BridgeUSA J-1 Visa Teacher Program Sponsor. Teacher USA allows qualified international teachers from around the world to teach full-time in accredited public and private primary and secondary schools (K – 12) in the United States. Exchange Teachers must work at least one full school year and can work for up to three years with the option to extend for an additional two years. Exchange Teachers can expect to enhance their professional development, participate in cross-cultural activities, and encourage learning for all parties.

Teachers in the CCUSA Teacher USA program are allowed to work at K – 12 schools in the following positions: General Education (primary grades); Bilingual Education (English, Spanish, French); Foreign Languages; STEM and Special Education.

During the academic year, teachers will be required to share their culture by participating in and planning at least two cross-cultural activities a year. Some popular activities include class pen pals, International Day in the classroom, art projects from your home country, and many more. These are exciting activities created to enhance the impact of the program on the teacher, students, and community.

The Details


To be eligible for the Teacher USA program, you must:

Program Options

Teacher USA has two program options to choose from:


The exchange Teacher is responsible for finding their own placement with an approved and accredited host school.


Teacher USA will match the exchange Teacher to one of our approved and accredited host schools.

CCUSA Benefits

The benefits of going with CCUSA are endless, but here are just a few highlights.

Visa Sponsorship

Worldwide Travel Insurance

Coverage for the first 90-days, before your Host School’s insurance starts.

Emergency Assistance

24-hour emergency assistance while in the USA.

Pre-departure Orientation with CCUSA

Arrival Orientation with CCUSA

Salary and Benefits

Earn the same salary and receive the same benefits as U.S. teachers.

Live and work in the USA as a Teacher for 1 to 5 years

Family Visas

Ability to bring your spouse and/or children as BridgeUSA J-2 dependents. CCUSA will assist you with the paperwork and visa sponsorship.

30-Day Grace Period to Travel

30-Day grace period to travel within the US after you complete your teacher contract.

Gain knowledge and new methodologies

Program Fees and Expenses

Program Fees

Fees vary by country. Please contact your local office for more information

Fees Include:

  • Application processing
  • Application screening
  • Interview
  • CV/Resume assistance
  • Job placement at an accredited U.S. Host School (placement program)
  • Host School vetting and application processing
  • DS-2019
  • Visa sponsorship
  • Assistance with Embassy appointment
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Arrival orientation
  • SEVIS check-in and regular compliance review
  • Medical insurance coverage for the first 90 days
  • Access to the Teacher USA Footprints portal for documents, instructions, and support
  • 24/7 emergency support while in the U.S.
  • Reminder and review of required participant annual report
  • Administrative costs

Additional Fees

The following fees are not included in your program fees and set by independent bodies.

  • SEVIS Fee:   $220 USD
  • SEVIS Extension Fee: $367 (Fee paid directly to the U.S. Department of State and subject to change)
  • Embassy Visa Interview Fee:  $185 (depending on your nationality)
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation Fee:  $200-$400 (the exact amount depends on the number of transcripts being evaluated)
  • Annual State Teacher Certification:   fee varies by state
  • Criminal Background Check:   fee varies by state and country
  • TOEFL Test (if applicable):   $190
  • J-2 Dependent Application Fee:   varies (only if applicable)
  • Medical Insurance Upgrade:  available

Expenses to Consider

As part of the program, you need to plan on additional costs. These expenses can include:

  • Airfare (international and domestic) to and from the U.S.
  • Housing (depending on area)
  • Transportation (depending on area)
  • Food:  $600-$900 per month
  • Utilities and Leisure: $100-$400 per month

All expenses are dependent on the state and area you will be living and will be given to you when your placement is done.

Tax Deductions from Paycheck

Tax Deductions from Paycheck:  Teachers on the BridgeUSA J-1 visa program are typically subject to the federal, state, and local taxes where they apply. Tax rates vary based on the state and location of your host school, where you are living, and your income.   Free Paycheck Calculator: Hourly & Salary – SmartAsset (Average of 10-15% of your gross pay).

*Medicare and Social Security Taxes (FICA) and Federal Unemployment Tax (FUCA): Teachers on the BridgeUSA J-1 visa program are typically subject to FICA and FUCA taxes after the first two tax calendar years in the US. In most cases, these payments will begin January 1 of your second year on the program. Free Paycheck Calculator: Hourly & Salary – SmartAsset (Average of 8% of your gross pay). Please note that you will need to begin paying these taxes right away if you were in the US previously on an F, J, M, or Q visa.



The Application Process

Complete an Online Application
First check if you are eligible for the Teacher USA program (see above).

Start by completing your online application and pay your registration fee. This will begin your application for the next full U.S. school year.
You will be contacted by a Teacher USA Coordinator to schedule an interview. Our interviews are typically 45 – 60 minutes. You will be asked a series of questions related to your education, teaching experience, and goals. The Interviewer will complete an “Interviewers Report Form” highlighting your skills and work experience.
Complete Your Application

If accepted to the program, you will be required to complete and/or submit the following:

  • Program Fee
  • Photo
  • 2 Letters of Reference
  • 60-second Video
  • Diploma/Teaching Credentials
  • TOEFL Test Score
  • Health History Form
  • Police Background Check
  • Job Offer (Independent Program only)


Teacher USA is a BridgeUSA J-1 Visa program and requires a signed DS2019 from CCUSA, as your program sponsor to enter the United States.

To obtain your visa, once accepted to the program and all fees are paid, CCUSA will issue you your DS2019 Form electronically.  You will be required to take your DS2019 Form with you and go in person to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country for a Visa Interview.

Once your visa is granted, you will be allowed to enter the United States on the Teacher USA program.


Application Timeline

Applications Open
June 5
Applications Close (Placement Option)
June 5
June 20
Applications Close (Independent Option)
June 20
July - August
U.S. Arrival Dates and Pre-Departure Orientations
July - August
August - June
U.S. School Year
August - June