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Where to go

J1 Destinations

Talk to our J1 USA visa advisers today and we'll help you decide which location is right for you. Here's some info about where you can go.


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Wondering where to head for your J1 summer?

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Take your pick

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Los Angeles

You can live the showbiz lifestyle for a summer! The entertainment industry was born in L.A., so if you’re an aspiring actor or entrepreneur, L.A. is for you. Live by the beaches, go to the major super clubs, go hiking on your day off.

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Washington DC

Did you know that Washington D.C. is the capital of the US? It’s the bursting with history, politics and culture. Known for its endless museums, vibrant food-scene and excellent public transport facilities you’ll struggle to run out of things to keep you entertained while on your J1 in Washington D.C.

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Cape Cod

This may be the cutest place in America with its seafood shacks, lighthouses, quaint villages, ponds and miles of ocean beaches. Why not pop into Boston on your day off? It’s only an hour and 40mins away! Make sure to check out the beach and house parties!

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It’s the city where old-world atmosphere is mixed with present day excitement and vitality. The city of Boston is vibrant in outlook and vibrant in attitude making it the perfect J1 destination for those who want a little piece of authentic America. It’s a world centre for education, medicine, high technology and finance. Boston’s role in shaping American History is unique among all other cities, from Paul Revere’s House to the Boston Tea Party Ship; history is on every corner.

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New York

Over eight million people call the Big Apple home and it’s not hard to see why. New York is a thriving metropolis of sights, sounds and scenes. Every world culture combines to create a city of attitude and atmosphere with every intersection offering something new. Made up of various districts including Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island, it’s a popular destination for J1ers.

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San Francisco

San Francisco is renowned for its often-chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and its peninsular location surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Spending your J1 in San Francisco could be the Summer of a lifetime.

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The picturesque skyline of Chicago is one of the best in the world, and for the third largest city in America it’s managed to remain so charming even though it’s so large. The city runs along the shores of Lake Michigan and covers an area of over 200 square miles. So you’re sure to find something you love on your J1 in Chicago.

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San Diego

Its superb coastline and near-perfect climate make it the quintessential Southern California beach city. Most J1ers heading for the beaches end up living in the beach towns north of the city of San Diego in places like Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach all of which are blessed-by-nature.

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Where you can't go

Yes we know - but there are some places that you can't go on a J1 summer, and there's some good reasons why. Not sure if your dream destination is a goer? Give our team a shout and ask.

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Summer stories

"USIT make the whole thing easy and doable in-between college.

It can be difficult trying to get all the paperwork before you go, but USIT take all the hassle out and keep things smooth. It'll be the best summer of your life for sure!" Áine

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Don't take our word for it

Check out our J1 stories

Don't take our word for how great a J1 summer is – hear from people who’ve been there and had the summer of their life. (Until this next year, when they go back!).

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