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1.1 Purpose of Program
– The primary objectives of the HORIZON Training Experience Program are to enhance the skills and expertise of foreign nationals in their academic or occupational fields through participation in a structured and guided work-based training program. The program strives to improve the participants’ knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and expertise. The Training Experience Program is also intended to increase participants’ understanding of American culture and society and to enhance Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associates. A key goal of the Fulbright- Hays Act, which authorizes this program, is that participants will return to their home countries and share their experiences with their countrymen. 

1.2 Program Requirements - The program’s requirements for full and self-placement program types are:
 
·         Fluency in English  
 
Trainees must be sufficiently fluent in English to benefit from and comprehend fully the training being undertaken. Regulations require that trainees have verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the training environment. Trainees’ and interns’ English language skills must be verified by a recognized English language test, by signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school, or through a documented interview conducted by HORIZON or a third party in person, by videoconferencing, or by web camera.
 
HORIZON’s standard evaluation criteria include a TOEFLscore of 500 or higher, a phone interview with HORIZON staff, and/or signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school.
 
·         University study
 
Applicants are not required to have a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States, but this qualification determines the amount of required prior related work experience in their occupational field acquired outside the United States
 
·         Work experience 
 
a-      Applicants that have a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States are required to have only one year of prior related work experience in their occupational field acquired outside the United States. 
 
b-      Applicants that do not have a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States are required to have five years of prior related work experience in their occupational field acquired outside the United States. 
 
1.3 Approved Categories on Form DS-2019
HORIZON is designated to sponsor trainee programs in the occupational categories of
  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
  • Hospitality and Tourism
1.4 Approved Training Duration
The training program in the field of Management, Business, Commerce and is up to 18 months in length, with flexible start dates.
 
The training program in the field of Hospitality and Tourism and 12 months in length, with flexible start dates.
 
1.5 Eligibility
  • The trainee must have a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States and one year of prior related work experience in their occupational field acquired outside the United States OR have five years of prior related work experience in their occupational field acquired outside the United States. 
  • The trainee must have sufficient finances to support themselves for their entire stay in the United States, including housing and living expenses.
  • The trainee must have practical and functional command of the English language in both oral & written capacities. All trainees must have verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the training environment. 
  • The trainee is preferred to have TOEFL test score of at least 500 (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS are all accepted language tests)
  • The trainee must successfully pass an oral interview in English in person, over the phone or via video conference/web camera.
  • Trainees are not eligible to apply to positions that would duplicate the participants’ prior work experience or training received elsewhere.
  • Trainees must be 20-30 years of age to apply for placement assistance programs
  • Trainees must be 20-35 years of age to apply for self-placement programs
NOTE: The trainee applying for placement assistance program will be interviewed by the HORIZON representative to ensure that the Trainee meets the language requirements for the Training Program. The Host Company may request additional interviews with the Trainee to determine whether he/she qualifies for the offered training position. Admission to the HORIZON Training Experience program does NOT guarantee placement with a Host Company).
 
1.6 Participant Requirements:
  • Complete the HORIZON Training application form with 2 passport photos
  • Submit an application for an approved Accident and Sickness Insurance policy
  • Submit a Home Sponsor Letter to verify financial integrity
  • Read, agree and sign all program guidelines and agreements
  • Submit a personal essay, learning objectives statement and letter to the potential Host Company
  • Submit an updated resume/CV with picture
  • Submit 2 letters of reference written by previous employers or professors
  • Submit copy of university degree or professional certificate with English translation
  • Submit photocopy of your passport and copy of all previous US visas

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