US Work-Study Visa Program Stumbles Before Takeoff

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US Work-Study Visa Program Stumbles Before Takeoff

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:20 pm

U.S. Work-Study Visa Program Stumbles Before Takeoff

The Work, English, Study, Travel program for Koreans in the U.S. has hit a snag even before it has got underway. WEST, as it is known for short, is a program allowing up to 5,000 Korean college students or recent graduates a year to study English in the U.S. and get a paid internship there for 18 months -- five months for English training, 12 months for an internship, and a month for travel -- as agreed by the two presidents in August.
But under time constraints and due to lack of sufficient preparations and economic difficulties, the government has drastically cut the number of beneficiaries and has difficulties finding the money it needs.

In early November, the government decided to recruit 2,500 students in 2009, the first year of the WEST program -- 1,000 for a program that will begin in March and 1,500 for September. But it has now decided to reduce the number for the March program to 200-300 to implement it as a "pilot," it said Sunday.

The program sounded very idealistic-learn English and get a year-long internship plus a month for travel. May the employers list be varied and suit a variety of interests/careers when the US government gets motivated to resolve the matter.
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