Program Summary


The Cultural Exchange Program provides undergraduate students from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to spend their summer break from university working at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, whilst experiencing Disney Magic first-hand. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and share their culture with Guests from the United States and all over the world, learn important business philosophies and make lifelong friends.
Not only that, living in the heart of Orlando for the summer provides endless opportunities for Cultural Exchange; program participants get to enjoy all the perks of Disney as a guest, and truly experience the magic first-hand!
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Participants will work in roles such as Attractions and Operations, Merchandise, Quick Service/Full Service Food and Beverage, Lifeguarding and Custodial. In addition to the valuable skills gained through day-to-day responsibilities of the job, you could have the opportunity to network with Disney leaders and participate in special Cast Member activities while gaining real-world experience with one of the most admired entertainment companies in the world. What more could you want from a summer experience?
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On this unique experience, you will work at the Walt Disney World® Resort on a J-1 Summer Work and Travel Visa. This is at maximum a three-month experience, and candidates must exit the United States and return to their home country upon completion of the program.
One of the most unique aspects of the 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.
Participants on the Disney International Programs live in the brand new state of the art, Flamingo Crossings Village. Fully furnished apartments set among an array of amenities including fitness centres, 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 cast member events and scheduled activities 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. What more could you want?
Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, you'll have the option to share a bedroom with one other Disney International Programs participant and the cost which includes all utilities is between $202 - $246 USD per week.
In order to make the living experience more convenient for you, 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 $442 USD at the time of offer (Disney Program Participation Fee).
To participate in Disney's Cultural Exchange Program, you must be:
  • Able to speak English fluently
  • At least 18 years of age to apply
  • Receptive to Disney Look guidelines
  • You must be fully available to work Sunday through Saturday, including days and nights, holidays and overtime
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time and pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary, classroom based academic institution physically located outside the United States.
  • Have successfully completed at least one semester, or equivalent, of post secondary academic study.
  •  Candidates are required to attend an in-person presentation and interview
  • You are required to upload your Resume/CV and Cover Letter (in English) for this job application.
  • Available for the entire Program Length: June 10 to August 15, 2024

June 10 to August 15 2024

Participants on the Cultural Exchange Program will be required to submit the following fees:


  • Disney Program Participation Fee = $442.00 USD
  • U.S. Embassy Appointment Fee = $185.00 USD
  • U.S. SEVIS Fee = $35.00 USD
  • Flights to the United States = Varies
  • Medical Insurance = Approx $200 - dependant on individual, must be paid in one lump sum prior to arrival for the duration of your program dates.
  • Weekly Accommodation Costs = $202.00 - $246.00 USD (automatic payroll deduction)
  • Additional supporting funds between $350.00 - $750.00 USD are recommended
  • As a student on a J1 visa in the USA, it is important to be aware that you will be required to file a tax return at the end of the tax year.
  • The tax year in the United States typically runs from January 1st to December 31st. Filing a tax return means providing information about your income, expenses, and other relevant financial details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. tax authority.
  • At the end of the tax year, when you file your tax return, you will calculate your tax liability based on your income and deductions. If the taxes withheld from your paychecks throughout the Program are not sufficient to cover your total tax liability, you may be required to pay an additional amount to fulfill your tax obligations. On the other hand, if too much tax was withheld, you may be eligible for a tax refund.
Please note, all fees are subject to change and may change without notice.
Application Process
  • Applications for Summer 2025 will be announced in the Spring 2024.
PLEASE NOTE – This is a very popular Program! We expect a very high level of interest in this exciting opportunity so we strongly recommend you submit your application promptly.
In order to be considered, applicants must provide following information clearly on their CV:
  1. Course and level of study, and whether your course is full time or part time
  2. Start and end date of Course (month and year is sufficient)
  3. University currently attended