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Academic Exchange Program

Applications for the Academic Exchange Program for 2017 - 2018 are now closed. Applications will reopen for the academic year 2018 - 2019 on July 1, 2017. Watch this space!

This is an academic program that is designed by U.S. colleges and universities to provide students with an international experiential learning opportunity, coupled with an academic training experience at Walt Disney World Resort.

Program participants are required to enroll in unique learning opportunities through the sponsoring U.S. college or university for six to twelve months.  Learning opportunities may include:

  • On-line clasess
  • Directed studies
  • Supervised work integrated learning opportunities
  • Academic Classes or Seminar Series hosted at Walt Disney World Resort

As part of their academic training, participants will work in roles such as Resort Hospitality/Front Desk, Concierge, Lifeguard, Character Performer, Culinary, Merchandise, Operations or Quick Service Food & Beverage.  Participants in Merchandise, Operations or Quick Service Food and Beverage will have the opportunity to rotate between two of these roles during their program.  In their roles, participants may develop transferable skills including Guest Service, effective communication, teamwork, leadership and responsibility.

See what a "Day in the Life" on the Academic Exchange Program is like.  Check out Mengying's video.

For more information about the Academic Exchange Program, visit the Disney International Programs website.

Stay connected! Explore the Disney International Programs social networks and enjoy videos that provide a behind the scene look into all the Disney wonder.  Connect with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the Disney Internatinonal Programs Blog.

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  • Disney International Programs Twittter
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  • Disney International Programs Blog

In order to qualify for the Academic Exchange Program participants must be currently studying at one of the following partner universities:

  • University of Brighton
  • University of Chester
  • University of Derby
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Northumbria University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda
  • Fontys Academy, Tilburg
  • St Clair College, Canada
  • Leeds Metropolitan University

In order to qualify for the Academic Exchange Program participants must also be studying one of the following subject areas, and seeking a 12 month placement opportunity for the following academic year:

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Events
  • Business and Marketing
  • Leisure Studies

Additional eligibility criteria:

  • Aged at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Possess a valid passport
  • Able to speak fluent English
  • Currently enrolled and in good academic standing at a participating international college or university
  • Able to exit the United States and return home upon completion of the program

One of the most unique aspects of Disney International Programs is just how international they really are. Every day, you'll have the experience of living and working with cast members from all over the world. Our complexes feature amenities like fitness centers, transportation systems, swimming pools and computer labs – providing an exciting setting for you to build relationships and create lifelong memories. You can also participate in events and scheduled activities in the housing complexes throughout your program. During your personal time, you'll even have the opportunity to visit Disney parks and explore everything that Orlando, Florida has to offer.

Whether you're assigned to a one, two, three or four-bedroom apartment, you'll share a bedroom with one or two Disney International Programs participants. Often times, your roommate(s) will be from another country, allowing you to learn about other cultures as you share your own.

In order to make the living experience more convenient, housing costs are automatically deducted from participants' weekly paycheck. Participants will also help support the exclusive activities and events they'll get to attend throughout the program by contributing a one-time fee of $154.50 USD.

 

Application Dates

  • Applications for the Academic Exchange Program for 2017-2018 are now closed, and will re-open for the academic year 2018-2019 in July 1, 2017.
  • Applicants are required to be available for the full program dates in order to be considered. The Academic Exchange is a 12 month program, and runs from July - July each year (specific dates to be confirmed).

Interviewing Process

  • The Yummy Jobs Team will be visiting university campuses early October to deliver a presentation and conduct pre-screen interviews for the program (specific dates to be confirmed).
  • Final interviews with The Walt Disney World Resort take place during November each year in London.

Please visit your university's placements team for further information on this program and details of our upcoming visit.

Participants on the Academic Exchange Program will be required to submit the following fees, that have been broken down into pre-arrival and post-arrival.  Please note all fees are subject to change and may change without notice:

Academic Tuition Fees - Payable to U.S. University Partner

  • 6 month program $2259.00 USD - $300 payment required at time of acceptance - deducted from total amount
  • 12 month program $4310.00 USD - $300 payment required at time of acceptance - deducted from total amount

Pre-Arrival Fees

  • Criminal Background Check Fee £80.00 GBP
  • Disney Program Assessment Fee $354.50 USD (includes first 2 weeks housing costs)
  • U.S. Embassy Appointment Fee $160.00 USD
  • U.S. SEVIS Fee $180.00 USD
  • Courier delivery of passport £30.00 GBP
  • Flight to the United States - Varies
  • Medical Insurance $40.00 USD to $60.00 USD per month (approximately)

Post-Arrival Fees

  • Additional supporting funds between $350.00 USD to $750.00 USD are recommended

Please note all fees are subject to change and may change without notice

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Program Terms & Conditions

To participate in the Academic Exchange Program, your academic institution must have an exchange partnership with a participating U.S. college or university. As part of the program, you'll have the opportunity to take courses at the U.S. host college or university. At the same time, you'll gain training and experience as a cast member at Walt Disney World® Resort. It's a one-of-a-kind way to get involved in networking opportunities, expand your presentation skills, and learn about customer service from industry-leading experts.

To participate in the Academic Exchange Program, you must be:

  • Able to speak fluent English
  • At least 18 years of age upon arrival
  • Currently enrolled and in good academic standing at a participating international college or university
  • Engaged in an appropriate course of study, seeking a placement year opportunity for the following academic year
  • Able to exit the United States and return home upon completion of the program