Korea WEST

The Korea WEST exchange program provides top South Korean university students and young professionals the opportunity to Work, complete an intensive English Study program, and explore the life and culture of the United States through immersion and independent Travel.

As part of Cultural Vistas' sponsorship, WEST scholars come to the United States for up to 18 months for a personalized exchange experience, which includes English language training and acculturation, placement in professional internships, and the opportunity to travel and sightsee before returning home.

Program Phases

  • Formal English language instruction and cultural training (up to five months)
  • Career-focused internship with U.S. host company (between three to 13 months)
  • Independent travel  (up to 30 days following internship)

Program Benefits

  • J-1 Visa sponsorship necessary to live and gain valuable professional experience in the United States for up to 18 months
  • Four months of study in well-respected English language programs
  • Guaranteed placement in a professional internship that matches your field of study
  • Comprehensive medical insurance coverage
  • Ongoing guidance from our dedicated Korea West program team, including:
    • Pre-departure orientation in Seoul conducted by Cultural Vistas staff
    • Cultural immersion and orientation seminar upon your arrival
    • Assistance coordinating and preparing for interviews
    • 24-hour emergency support  and assistance

Application Information

WEST participants are nominated and competitively selected by the South Korean Ministry of Education. Prospective candidates cannot apply directly to the program through Cultural Vistas.

For More Information

The Cultural Vistas Korea WEST program is a joint initiative of the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Department of State.

Since 2009, Cultural Vistas has provided over 600 students and young professionals the opportunity to enrich their academic studies and advance their careers through Korea WEST.

For more information on the Korea WEST program, please visit the J-1 Resources page or contact us at koreawest@culturalvistas.org.