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Program Overview


Students enroll with Central Michigan University and go directly to the Walt Disney World® Resort to participate in the J1 Academic Exchange Experience. The experience is designed for you to earn a certificate for 12 to 24 academic credit hours over a 6 or 12 month program.


Students are placed in entry-level positions at one of the four theme parks, two water parks or over twenty resort hotels that are part of the Walt Disney World®Resort. Students will be scheduled between 30 and 37.5 hours per week at an hourly rate (depending on the role).

In addition students will be engaged in a variety of educational opportunities provided by both CMU and Disney. In many cases, students can choose the kind of seminarsor workshops to attend that interest them the most.

Upon successful completion of the semester, students receive a certificate and transcript (available upon request) from CMU indicating grade and academic credit earned. It is up to the international school to validate the credit earned from CMU as transfer credit.


Students live in fully-furnished apartments with 24-hour security located near the Walt Disney World® Resort property. A bus system provides students with transportation to work, school, and social activities.

A housing fee is payroll-deducted from the student's earnings each week. The housing fee includes utilities, high speed internet, local phone service, and transportation .​

"In short, I think I am a better person now, and I am really thankful about that, because it is something I will never forget and that is going to be very useful in my life."

Cecy L​eal Enriquez, Mexico