Program Summary

APPLICATIONS FOR THE DISNEY ACADEMIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019 - 2020 ARE NOW OPEN!

Get ready to begin a rewarding adventure that could change your life!


The Academic Exchange Program is a truly unique experience, which sees students spend 6 or 12-months working and learning at the Walt Disney World® Resort as part of a university placement year. This program has been designed by Central Michigan University, U.S. to provide students with an international experiential learning opportunity, coupled with an academic training experience at Walt Disney World® Resort, Orlando, Florida.
 
This Program will allow you to work in a variety of roles across the Walt Disney World Resort, experience unique classroom and learning experiences by Disney leaders, and spend 12-months living in the heart of Orlando, Florida!
 
 
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As part of your academic training you will work in one of the following roles during your program, based anywhere across the Walt Disney World Property:
  • Attractions and Operations,
  • Quick Service/Full Service Food and Beverage,
  • Lifeguarding
  • Character Performer
  • Character Attendant
  • Costuming
  • Merchandise
Participants in Merchandise, Attractions & Operations, Food and Beverage and Costuming will have the opportunity to rotate between two of these roles during their program.
 
Participants will be paid an hourly wage between $10.00 - $10.15 USD per hour and will be provided with a minimum of 32 hours work per week. The program duration is 51 weeks, which meets the requirements for U.K university placements.
 
See what a "Day in the Life" on the Academic Exchange Program is like. Check out Mengying's video!
 
 
As a participant on this program, you really will develop a set of transferable skills which will aid any career; guest service, effective communication, teamwork, leadership and responsibility to name a few! On top of this, you will have the opportunity to interact and share your culture with Guests from the United States and all over the world, learn important business philosophies and make lifelong friends.
 
On this experience, you will work at the Walt Disney World® Resort on a J-1 Student Exchange Visa. The Academic Exchange Program runs from July - July each year (6-month program for students from the Netherlands and Canada) with an additional 30-day travel period upon completion of the program. This is at maxiumum a 12-month experience, and candidates must exit the United States and return to their home country and university at the end of the program.

The best part about the Academic Exchange Program is the learning experience. On this program you will be registered as a student at Central Michigan Univeristy for the academic year, and will gain credit and certificates upon completion of the program in recognition for your academic efforts. Credits may be transferred to your home university (dependant upon home university and individual course requirements).

The learning experience exposes participants to educational classes instructed Disney professionals, who will each pass over their expertise and knowledge on a range of subject areas. This invaluable and sought after experience will be beneficial towards any future career after graduation.

See what previous program participants have to say about their learning experience!
 

 

The program structure sees two semester periods. As part of the program requirement, you will be required to enroll into unique learning opportunities during each of these semesters, through Central Michigan University and the Disney Education team. You will have the option to enroll into classes such as HR Management, Organisational Leadership, Creativity and Innovation, Disney Leadership, Advanced studies in Hospitality Management, Disney Marketing and Disney Heritage. These courses are designed to compliment your current studies at your home univeristy. 

The Disney and Central Michigan University learning opportunities will be taught through a variety of methods. These include:

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

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.

There are four Disney International Housing complexes you could be housed at, each featuring amenities including 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 cast member 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, your roommate(s) will be from another country, allowing you to learn about other cultures as you share your own and make lifelong friends.

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 $375.00 USD at the time of offer (Disney Program Assessment Fee - includes first week's rent).

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.

  • Disney International Programs Facebook 
  • Disney International Programs Twittter
  • Disney International Programs Youtube
  • Disney International Programs Blog

For more information about the Academic Exchange Program, please visit the following websites

  • Disney International Programs website
  • Central Michigan University website

STUDENTS MUST BE STUDYING AT ONE OF CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY'S PARTNERSHIP U.K UNIVERSITIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM:

  • University of Brighton
  • University of Chester
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Derby (Buxton Campus)
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda, The Netherlands
  • Fontys Academy, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • St Clair College, Canada​

STUDENTS MUST ALSO BE STUDYING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT AREAS AND SEEKING A 12-MONTH PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019 - 2020:

  • 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 to your home university upon completion of the program

APPLICATION DATES

  • Applications for the Academic Exchange Program for the academic year 2019 - 2020 are open!
  • Applicants are required to be available for the full program dates in order to be considered. The program dates for 2019 - 2020 are as follows:
    • ​Monday 8 July 2019 - Thursday 2 July 2020

INTERVIEWING PROCESS

  • We will reach out to applicants within two weeks of submitting an application for the Program.
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an online video interview with a member of the Yummy Jobs Team.
  • If successful, candidates will then be invited to a final interview with the Disney International Recruitment Team via Video Call.
Please note, all dates are subject to change

 

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

ACADEMIC TUITION FEE - PAYABLE TO CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY ONE MONTH PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

  • 6-month program = $2430.00 USD - $400.00 USD payment required at time of acceptance - deducted from total amount
  • 12-month program = $4410.00 USD - $400.00 USD payment required at time of acceptance - deducted from total amount​

PRE-ARRIVAL FEES

  • Criminal Background Check Fee  = £90.00 GBP
  • Disney Program Assessment Fee = $375.00 USD (includes first week of rent)
  • U.S. Embassy Appointment Fee = $160.00 USD
  • U.S. SEVIS Fee = $180.00 USD
  • Flights to the United States = Varies
  • Medical Insurance = $50.00 USD to $80.00 USD per month (approximately) - must be paid in total prior to arrival for the duration of your program dates.​ Select U.K Universities offer International Medical Insurance free to their students. If applicable, students will be exempt from this fee.

POST-ARRIVAL FEES

  • Weekly Accommodation Costs = $103.00 - $134.00 USD (automatic payroll deduction)
  • Additional supporting funds between $350.00 - $750.00 USD are recommended

 

Please note, all fees are subject to change and may change without notice. Prices stated above are correct for 2019 arrivals.

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