The 2024 J1 summer program from USIT, Ireland’s leading provider of international work and travel programs, is launching, with exclusive discounted pricing to those who get their applications in early. Students looking for their ‘bucket list’ summer of a lifetime are encouraged to apply for the program as soon as possible – those wanting to travel in May must book by 31 January, and by 15 February for a June departure.

The J1 program is a right-of-passage experience for many Irish youth, open to anyone over the age of 18, of any nationality, studying at a third-level college across Ireland and Northern Ireland. College-goers can travel anywhere across the USA, with popular destinations including New York, Chicago and San Diego.

With jobs and locations becoming highly competitive, completing the first application stage early ensures the best chance of securing your ideal American work experience. This year, those who submit their application before the end of January can avail of a discounted rate across both the J1 Jobs Program and J1 Own Program, before prices increase by €50 on 1st February.   


Speaking on the right-of-passage program, a spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs said, “The J1 visa program is hugely valuable in further developing and enhancing Ireland’s strong relations with the United States. Demand for visas was strong again last year, with the program providing thousands of Irish people the opportunity to work and travel across the United States. This program sustains and promotes Ireland’s strong people-to-people, cultural, and economic ties with the United States, and we anticipate continued high levels of interest for the upcoming J1 season.”

USIT, the largest J1 operator in Ireland, has access to the most significant pool of US employers and works exclusively with some of the country’s greatest brands. With years of experience in placing young people in their dream jobs across the USA, USIT is also equipped to support friends looking for work in the same location and has a service providing full support at every step of the booking and placement process. 

Those who get their applications in early will also gain access to exclusive virtual J1 Hiring Events happening between 16 and 25th January for popular placement cities like San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. For people after a bit more information before committing to their summer of a lifetime, USIT’s next virtual information events will be held on Thursday, January 11th and February 1st – visit