High School Exchange

Alliance member organizations, often in conjunction with the Department of State, facilitate both inbound (foreign participants coming the United States) and outbound (American participants going abroad) high school exchange programs.

The Student, Secondary (High School) Exchange Program, a category of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program, brings foreign high school students to the United States for up to one year of academic study at an accredited public or private secondary school. During their stay, participants live with American host families or reside at accredited U.S. boarding schools. The High School Exchange Program, like all exchanges, is intended to provide participants with broad exposure to U.S. culture and society, and to foster greater appreciation among Americans of the participants’ home countries. Specifically, the high school program is designed to allow students to become directly involved in the daily life of the people of the United States through study and host family living, and has a consistent record of success in fostering attitudinal change, building lifelong relationships, and encouraging leadership aspirations.

Many Alliance members also facilitate outbound high school exchange programs of varying lengths to allow American students in-depth exposure to a foreign education, culture, and society.

The following Alliance member organizations sponsor high school programs:

Academic Year in America

AFS Intercultural Programs - USA

AIFS Foundation

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST)


ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange

Greenheart Exchange (Greenheart International)

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Cultural Homestay International (CHI)

EF Foundation for Foreign Study

Face the World

International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)

PAX - Program of Academic Exchange

STS Foundation

STS Global Studies Inc.

World Heritage

World Learning

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA)

A list of all inbound high school exchange sponsors designated by the Department of State can be found on the Department’s website.