Have you ever dreamt of living, studying and working in sport in the USA? The Global Institute of Sport (GIS) and Community Athletic Solutions (CAS) have partnered up to provide a fantastic opportunity for you to live out your dreams in the USA.

Through this exciting partnership, you will gain the opportunity to study a GIS Master’s Degree, gain coaching experience through a CAS internship and be hosted in some of the most desirable locations in the USA, with pay starting at $26k p.a.

This phenomenal opportunity is essential for those looking to further their career in one of the most exciting and developing sports markets! Gain valuable experience in the USA and help to increase your employment opportunities upon graduation as well as undertaking a much more affordable path to a Postgraduate education.

Eligible GIS Master’s degrees:

GIS’ wide range of Master’s degrees, include on campus at GIS Miami and distanced learning options offering you the greatest studying flexibility around your work / life commitments.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact GIS Americas Recruitment Manager Rick Cross at r.cross@ucfb.ac.uk

Community Athletic Solutions has allowed me to experience a new country and culture, furthered my coaching experience and allowed me to advance my career far more than I ever anticipated. I would recommend CAS to anyone looking to experience the USA.

Kelly PeaurtCoach, Youth Soccer Club AYSO 300 in Chicago
Which courses are eligible for this opportunity?
  • MSc Football Coaching (Distance Learning) 
  • MSc International Sports Management (Distance Learning) 
  • MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing (Distance Learning) 
  • MSc Football Coaching & Analysis (Distance Learning w/Attendance) 
  • MSc Sports Coaching (Distance Learning w/Attendance)
What types of Accommodation will be available?

Throughout your time working within a club your accommodation will, in the vast majority of placements, be with either a:

  • Host family who is connected with the placement club  
  • Accommodation provided by the placement club in the local area 
Will I need to hold any Coaching Qualifications?

It is expected that all students regardless of primary role in the placement club are to be involved in minor coaching positions as well. Therefore, in order to increase the likelihood of obtaining an ideal placement we strongly encourage students to complete the FA Introduction to Coaching Football qualification (formerly FA Coaching Badge 1) and/or demonstrate previous coaching experience at any level.

How much will I earn during my placement?

Students will earn a minimum of $26,000 USD* per annum. Students with more experience in their field are in a better position to earn more. 

*Subject to local state taxes  

What if I hold a US Passport?

For students who hold a US passport there is no need for a visa process. The opportunity to work and the placement process will be available to you as soon as you enrol in September.

What if my visa is rejected?

In the unlikely event that your visa is rejected, we will look to revert you to the UK time zone delivery of the same course.  

When can I expect to be in the USA?

Based on a September 2023 enrolment, we expect a placement to be confirmed in November/December 2023 at which point the visa process will begin. The visa process will vary per student but can take anywhere from 1-3 months to complete. Subsequently, a student can expect to achieve a visa in February – April 2024 with travel commencing within 4-weeks following.

When can I book my flights?

It is highly recommended to wait until you have achieved your visa to book your flights. Upon obtaining the visa, it is expected that you fly within the 4-weeks following.  

Will I have to interview with the placement club?

Yes, it is typical that once a placement has been made through Community Athlete Solutions that a formality interview is to be held to ensure the placement is a good fit for all parties. 

Can I change my placement if there is an issue?

In the unlikely event of a placement not being a perfect match and one involved party is unsatisfied then Community Athlete Solutions are in a position to assist with a transfer. Any and all changes will be subject to approval from the US Government and sponsoring agency in order to satisfy the terms of your US visa.

Can I choose where I am placed?

In short, yes. Students will be presented with options for placements.

How long can I stay in the country after my placement has finished?

Most applicable visas allow students to remain in the USA for up to 30 days after placement completion.

Do I have to do a placement?

No, students are absolutely able to solely undertake the Academic program without undertaking a placement in tandem.

What is the Tuition Fee?

The tuition fee for all eligible programs is $19,950 USD.

Are there discounts for UCFB Alumni?

Yes, UCFB Alumni benefit from a 15% Tuition Fee discount resulting in a Tuition Fee of $16,958 USD.

What is the typical payment plan for tuition?

Students are required to pay a portion of their fee every semester.  

For Full Time students (1 year) 

  • 3 semesters aka 3 payments of $6,650 USD  

For Part Time students (2 years)  

  • 6 semesters aka 6 payments of $3,325 USD  
Besides the Tuition Fee are there any additional costs?
  • US Visa Processing Fee: $160 USD 
  • Flight costs
Can I utilise Student Finance for this opportunity (UK Relevant)?

Correct, as you will be registered with a UK institution, you will be eligible for a student loan from your government student finance institution. 

How can I find out more information?
  • To learn more please email the GIS Americas Recruitment Manager Rick Cross r.cross@ucfb.ac.uk  
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