Our Students

OUR STUDENTS ARE EXCEPTIONAL

We support high school (ages 15-17) scholarship students from more than 50 countries. While in the US, our students are proud to serve as citizen ambassadors for their respective countries. Upon returning home, they continue to carry their positive experiences of the US—especially their host communities—throughout their lives. 

WHY OUR EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Our students are exceptional. With an average acceptance rate of three percent, it’s statistically harder to get into a US State Department youth exchange than most elite colleges and universities. 

Students are selected based on their English language proficiency, academic performance, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, maturity, and adaptability. 

Before arriving in the US, cultural orientations help students set expectations and identify coping strategies to use throughout their time abroad. While in the US, students build leadership skills and an understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility, diversity, and advocacy.

OUR DEDICATED STUDENTS COMMIT TO:

  • Enrolling in a full academic course load, including one English course and one course in US or state history, US government, or civics.
  • Maintaining a minimum of a B average, with no grade lower than a C.
  • Joining at least one leadership or service club at school or in the community.
  • Performing at least 30 hours of community service.
  • Participating in International Education Week, a worldwide celebration of volunteerism and exchange.

View student profiles for 2019-20.