Teacher Exchange
Teacher Exchange

Teacher Exchange

Teach in accredited public and private primary and secondary schools (K-12) in the USA.

Teach in the USA for up to 3+ years at K-12 schools

Learn about culture, society, and the educational system in the USA

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J1 Teacher Exchange

Intrax is a designated sponsor for the BridgeUSA Teacher Exchange Program which provides international teachers with opportunities for cross-cultural enrichment and professional development.  

The BridgeUSA Teacher Exchange Program enhances mutual understanding between teachers from around the world and their colleagues and students in the U.S.  

Participating in Intrax’s Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to enhance and further develop their professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities at host schools and communities throughout the U.S.

If you have a teaching position in the U.S. and would like to apply for J-1 sponsorship, Register Online.  Please note that you will need the name of your specific host school to register (not just the school district).

For assistance with finding a teaching position in the U.S., submit a Request for More Information.  

Eligibility

Exchange teachers may teach in accredited public and private primary and secondary U.S. schools (K-12), as well as in pre-kindergarten language immersion schools in the U.S.

Program Duration & Benefits

Exchange Teachers may teach in the U.S. for a maximum of 5 years, they typically start with a 3-year program, and may be eligible to extend their teaching contracts for an additional one or two years. After the program, teachers return to their home countries to share their experiences and knowledge of the U.S, its educational system, culture, society, and teaching practices.

The Teacher Exchange Program creates friendships and connections across borders and opportunities to increase cultural exchanges and school partnerships worldwide. Exchange Teachers enhance American and foreign students’ and host communities’ knowledge of each other’s customs and teaching approaches. The BridgeUSA Teacher Exchange program helps program participants sharpen their teaching skills in their respective subject fields.

Program Benefits

The Exchange Teacher Program creates friendships and connections across borders, as well as opportunities to increase the number of cultural exchanges and school partnerships worldwide. Exchange Teachers enhance American and foreign students’ and host communities’ knowledge of each other’s customs and teaching approaches. The BridgeUSA Teacher Exchange program helps program participants sharpen their teaching skills in their respective subject fields.

Teacher Exchange Program Qualifications

To qualify as a J-1 Teacher, you must:

  • Possess, at a minimum, a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject field in which you intend to teach

    AND
  • Meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary, including pre-kindergarten, or secondary levels in schools in your home country; be working as a teacher in your home country at the time of application; and have at least two years of full-time teaching experience and have a bachelor’s degree in education or subject field they intend to teach

    OR
  • Not be working as a teacher in your home country at the time of application, but otherwise meet the qualifications for teaching at the primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary levels in schools in your home country
  • Have had at least two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years and
  • Within 12 months of your application submission date for the program, have completed an advanced degree (beyond a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) in education or in an academic subject matter that you intend to teach or that is related to your teaching subject field.

Additional Requirements

  • Satisfy the teaching eligibility standards of the U.S. state in which you will teach (e.g., meet minimum educational requirements, pass teacher training coursework at a sufficiently proficient level, have provided an evaluation of foreign teaching preparation coursework, have demonstrated the requisite prior teaching experience, etc.)
  • Provide any required criminal background or other checks
  • Are of good reputation and character
  • Agree to come to the U.S. temporarily as a full-time teacher of record in an accredited primary or secondary school, understanding and agreeing that exchange teachers may teach a variety of subjects and levels at their host school or schools, if qualified, but at the pre-kindergarten level, may teach only in language immersion programs
  • Receive from a qualified U.S. host school a written and signed "teaching job offer" (offer of employment/job offer letter).

Do not qualify as a J-1 Teacher?

Learn about our Teaching Intern Program.

Information on Fees and U.S. Living Expenses

2024-2025 Program Fees

Fees Payable to Intrax (can be paid by host school or teacher):

  • Sponsorship Fee - 1st year: $2,325 (includes insurance valid through June 30, 2025)
  • Renewal fee (2nd – 5th year, each year, if applicable): $1,440 (includes insurance valid through June 30, 2025)

Additional Fees Payable to Intrax (optional - depending on services requested):

  • J-1 / J-2 Insurance (emergency medical & travel policy; if enrolling in Intrax’s plan):  $48/month
  • Placement Fee (if Intrax provides placement services):  $1,500
  • J-2 Dependent Fee (1st) (if applicable): $400
  • J-2 Dependent Fee (each additional; if applicable): $250
  • Extension Fee (extensions beyond 3 years must be approved by Intrax and U.S. Department of State (DoS)): $442 ($367 DoS fee + $75 for DS-2019 reissue)
  • Host School Transfer Fee (transfers to new schools must be approved by Intrax prior to signing a new host school contract, even for transfers within same school district): $500
  • Form DS-2019 reissue fee (required for any program date changes after initial DS-2019 issuance): $45
  • Travel Validation: included in sponsorship/renewal fee

Additional US Government Fees:

  • I-901 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee: $220 (payable to SEVIS)
  • Embassy Fee: $185 (payable when scheduling US Embassy appointment)

Insurance

J-1 Teachers must have insurance in effect for their program’s duration (from the start to the end date as noted on their DS-2019). Insurance must cover any sickness or accidents during the time they are on program in the U.S. Spouses and dependents are also required to be covered for the duration of the J-1 program. Minimum coverage must provide:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness;
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000,
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of exchange visitors to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000, and
  • Deductibles not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

All Intrax sponsored teachers are automatically enrolled in an emergency evacuation and repatriation plan, but it is the teacher’s responsibility to enroll in a medical plan that meets all other J-1 requirements as listed above.

Fees noted above are for Intrax’s J-1 Teacher insurance plan. If enrolling in a different medical plan, teachers must provide Intrax with confirmation of enrollment and a copy of the plan document to verify J-1 program compliance.

Estimated living expenses while in the US:

The cost of living can vary depending on where you will be living in the U.S. Please conduct research to get the best estimate for what your living expenses will be for the city where you will be residing.

Cost of living calculator – this website allows you to compare the cost of living between two cities.

Below are averages for a single person and may or may not apply to your planned living situation in the US.

  • Housing: $1,500 - $3,000
  • Local transportation: $500 - $800
  • Food: $600 - $1,000
  • Utilities: $150 - $300
  • Cell phone: $50 - $100
  • Clothing: $100 - $500
  • Travel / Entertainment: $250 - $500
  • Medical including insurance deductibles: $300 - $600
  • Cable and Internet:  $50 - 300
  • Childcare:  $600 - $1,500 (per child)

Download a Sample Budget Planning Sheet.

Other expenses (payable to applicable vendors):

  • Credential evaluations, translations, or other document services: $170 - $500.
  • Teacher certification, licensing costs $100 - 300
  • Background check, fingerprint services $50 - 150
  • Potential work-related paycheck deductions:

    These deductions will vary depending upon salary and school district and would be reflected in your current employment agreement.

    We recommend that Exchange Teachers consult qualified school personnel and accounting professionals for tax advice. Actual payroll tax deductions will depend on your taxable income and tax filing status – Federal Income Tax Return Calculator.

    • Federal and state income tax withholding (required for all J-1 program participants)
    • Social Security, Medicare (FICA), or Unemployment taxes (FUTA) (J-1 program teachers may be responsible for these taxes depending on their length of stay in the U.S.)
    • Union dues (variable): $50 - $100
    • Pension plans (variable): $50 - $100
    • Insurance (See above for J-1 program insurance requirements. Please review all plan documents carefully to understand your benefits.): $100 - $300

    Partner agencies:

    Intrax partners with select third-party agencies who assist some teachers with finding teaching positions. These third-party agencies may also provide additional, optional services including school placement, background checks, assisting with obtaining a state license, and assistance with finding housing.

    Below is a list of third-party agencies that Intrax is partnering with for the AY (Academic Year) 2024-25.


    Should you choose to contract with an agency, Intrax strongly recommends that you carefully review the terms of the contract before signing and consult with an attorney or other professional to ensure that you fully understand and agree to the contract terms.

    Intrax cannot provide legal advice but if you have questions regarding any of the third-party agencies that we partner with please contact teacher@intraxinc.com.

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