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Gap Program International Students

Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits entry into the US for up to 90 days without a visa for citizens of the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Each Traveler Must have authorization under ESTA: In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more detailed information, to apply for ESTA, and pay the fee. More information on the Visa Waiver Program and how to apply. It is recommended that students from non-VWP countries inquire with their local US consulate regarding the use of tourist type visas to attend this cultural and performance immersion program.

Canadian citizens

Canadian citizens are welcome to participate in AMDA's Gap Programs should be sure to bring a copy of their acceptance email with them to the airport.

Additional Countries

If you are an international student from a country other than those listed above, please contact us directly concerning what opportunities might be available to you.

Please Note: International participants in AMDA's Gap Programs are responsible for their own legal entry into the United States. Acceptance into the AMDA does not guarantee entry into the United States as each participant must obtain permission under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. AMDA assumes no responsibility for international participants' travel into the United States.