Who is eligible?
  • M.A., B.A. and PhD students, full-time and extramural.
  • students aged: 19 – 27
  • minimum English level – intermediate.
  • final year students may apply but they cannot defend their diploma before their J-1 visa interview  and their student ID card must be valid until 31 October 2019.
  • the passport must valid for at least 6 months after your return to Poland, it is not required at the moment of application.
Who is not eligible?
    • students of post-graduate studies and final year students of post-secondary schools.
    • students who will start their education in February/March 2019 (not applicable to the students who graduate with a B.A. diploma in engineering and continue to M.A. degree)
    • students who are on a dean’s leave.
    • students who are former WAT participants and who were terminated from the program (for failing to fulfill their obligations under their job agreement, breaking the program rules etc.)
    • IMPORTANT: First-year students become eligible WAT participants after passing their first exam session (not applicable to first-year M.A. students). These students may apply for the program, however their application will not be accepted until they pass the first semester at the university.
    • IMPORTANT: The program is dedicated only to the Participants who are interested in the American culture, gaining experience, developing language skills, making new friends and international contacts. We will not accept students who are interested only in the financial aspect of the program.
    • The candidates need to be open-minded, responsible, mature and easily adaptable to a new, different culture.

The earliest program start date is 25 May
The latest program end date  is 25 September
Minimum work period is 12 weeks
After the work period ends, the students can travel in the United States (they cannot travel beyond the borders of the United States) during the 30-day grace period.
The Participants may use the whole grace period for traveling but they must return to Poland by 1 October.

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Poland may change the above requirements at any stage of the application process.