Grad USA

Cost and inclusions

From a student state of mind to a ‘hell yeah I’m moving to America’ state of mind, we include all the guidance, insurance and sponsorship you need to move Stateside.

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Grad USA program from $2110 AUD/$2249 NZD

Applications for our Grad USA program are open year-round. Book now with a $200 deposit and pay the balance eight weeks before you fly.


  • Full support from the BUNAC team with your J-1 visa application.
  • Sponsorship for your J-1 visa via our in-country USA partners.
  • Assistance to help you prepare for your US Consulate interview.
  • 13 months’ travel insurance. This is a requirement of your visa, find out more here.
  • Handbooks to help you find work, accommodation and sort all your essentials – such as setting up your Social Security number.
  • Pre-departure orientation with the team to get ready to move to America.
  • 24/7 support from our in-country partners while you’re in the USA.

Other costs

US Consulate application fee

USD $185 for New Zealand passport holders
USD $275 for Australia passport holders


Proof of funds

USD $2,000



You can usually book flights up to 11 months before departure. The cost will depend on when you book and where you are flying from/to. We don’t recommend booking flights until your visa is approved.



How it works

Grad USA FAQs Got questions? We’ve got answers.

How long can I stay in the USA for?

You can work in the USA for 12 months. Plus, your J-1 visa allows you to have a 30-day grace period before you arrive and at the end of your visa to travel around the USA. You’re not allowed to work during those 30-day periods.

Can I leave the USA during my J-1 visa?

Can I extend my J-1 visa?

Who can apply for the Grad USA program?

Do I have to specify a start date on my J-1 visa?

What is the DS-2019 form?

What is SEVIS?

Do I need to attend an interview at the US Consulate?

Do I need to take BUNAC’s travel insurance?

Do I need to have a job before I go?

What work can I do when I’m there?

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Apply now for the Grad USA program with a deposit

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