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Korea WEST

Exchange through language immersion, professional development and travel

Intern, learn, and explore American culture

The Korea WEST exchange program provides top South Korean university students and young professionals the opportunity to intern, 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 on a J-1 visa for a personalized exchange experience which includes:  

  • Formal English language instruction and cultural training (up to four months) 
  • Career-focused internship with U.S. host company (between four to 12 months) 
  • Independent travel (up to 30 days following successful internship) 

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 1,250 students and young professionals with the opportunity to enrich their academic studies and advance their careers through Korea WEST.  

Program Details

Inside the Korea West Experience

English Study Locations

Participants are placed in four-month intensive language training programs in one of two major U.S. cities: New York City or Washington, D.C.

Each training program features a comprehensive curriculum focused not only on building English language proficiency, but also with assisting participants to develop the confidence and skills, both interpersonal and professional, necessary to succeed in any business environment.

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