How Do I Become a Summer Host to J-1 Participants


The first step to becoming a host is to fill out a2019 summer host application form. Please fill out the form, including your house rules. Please be specific in your house rules. Words such as “Keep your room neat and clean” can cause misunderstandings as people have differing views on what is neat and clean. Once the application is completed, please send the form to Next, you will need to download the 2019 reference formtwice. Have your clergy and a friend or two friends fill out the reference forms and e-mail them to the e-mail address above.

Once the application form and the references have been received, we will contact you to set up a time to view the living arrangements for the J-1 participants. The next step will be to inform the students of a housing lead in their area. This will be done by posting most of the information on the application to the blog on this site and to the Mid-Cape J-1 Housing Facebook page. Your address will not be posted. Instead, students will be given distances from your home to the J-1 employers.

The participants will contact you directly by e-mail. Once you have chosen who will live in your home for the summer , please send their names to Please ask the students if they have filled out an application, as this is needed in order to place them with you.

How Many Students Come?

Approximately 4,000 J-1 participants from over 60 countries come to Cape Cod every summer.

Requirements for the Program

J-1 participants must have completed at least one semester at their university. They must be proficient enough in the English language to participate in the program. Each student will spend from $1,500 – $3,000 just to get to the United States.Upon arrival they must register with SEVIS (Homeland Security), at which time they report their Cape Cod address. They also must check in with their U.S. sponsor once per month.  For more information on the requirements, please visit the Department of State website.



Purpose of the Program

Students from colleges and universities come to the United States to share their culture and ideas and to learn about the culture and ideas of our country. They will work with Americans for 3 – 4 months. At the end of their work contract, they may choose to travel to parts of the United States to further their cultural studies and to enjoy many of the places in this country that we have come to cherish.