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Program Cost

The cost to participate in the J-1 Academic Program through Central Michigan University (CMU) is approximately:

  • $2,300 - $2,400  USD (includes $40 admission fee) - One semester program (6 months)
  • $4,400  USD (includes $40 admission fee) - Two semester program (12 months)

Students will be enrolled for 12 semester credits as a full time student at CMU for each semester that they are in the program. Payment is expected to be made online prior to arrival. Payment needs to be in US currency and can be made by credit card, wire transfer, or with an electronic check from a US bank. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are suitable. MaestroCard and ScotiaBank cards DO NOT WORK. If a credit card is used, the student will be responsible for the credit card fee.)

 Future costs subject to change.

Other Fees & Charges:

(these payments are made ​to o​ther service providers in U.S. dollars)

NOTE: All fees below are approximate amounts.

Visa appointment fee (government fee) Costs vary by country, approximately $190
SEVIS Fee (government fee) $220
Airfare to and from U.S. Student responsibility, varies by country
Disney Program Assessment Fee $400
Housing deduction (rent) $110 - $150 per week
Health Insurance $300 - $400 per 6 months


Hourly Wage  $12.00

Students are scheduled to work a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. There are exception period​s where students could be scheduled to work more than 37.5 hours for the week during holiday periods.