Host an Exchange Student

SHARE YOUR WORLD

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Host an Exchange Student

SHARE YOUR WORLD

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Since 1982, we’ve provided the opportunity for American host families, local community leaders serving as Area Representatives, and exchange students from around the world to learn, grow, and share in the cultural exchange experience together. Over the past 10 years, we’ve provided programs for…

HOST FAMILIES

20749

AREA REPS

4247

STUDENTS

30803

COUNTRIES

99

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT

Break down barriers to friendship around the world

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Host Family Testimonials

Learn About Hosting an Exchange Student from Host Families Across the USA

Our Family Had a Great Hosting Experience!

Going into hosting, I did not know what to expect. We did not only get a boy that was coming to America for a great experience but a son, best friend, and all around great kid. He was so much more than we could have hoped for! We have had so many good times, saw so many great places, and just made as many memories as we possibly could. From visiting Disney World, the Pentagon, and the ocean during a sub-tropical storm, Felix was able to make memories he will be talking about for a long time. Him and our son became very close and were best friends by the end of the nine months. It was truly a heartbreaking day when he had to return home to Germany. But, we now have a new family to visit in Germany and have made lasting relationships in a way we could have never imagined.

Emily M.

Wonderful seeing my son and exchange student become best friends

Exchange students enjoying a bbq

So it was finally a last minute decision even though I had been thinking about it before. I am a single father with a 11 year old son. I looked through the list of students at the beginning of August and found some children that had not been placed. I chose a Thai boy because I have always been interested in Thailand and their culture. It was the best decision I made.. He like to do all the outdoor activities my son and I liked to do. We did lots of hiking, sailing and traveling. He went with us to family reunions, family holidays and many places around the USA. He became a son and brother to both of us. The year went by quickly and it was an amazing experience. My son and I actually followed him back to Thailand to visit with his family and we loved it. Two years have gone by and I would definitely host again but at the moment my son and I have actually moved to Thailand for a while to continue a truly life changing experience. I highly recommend hosting for an experience of a life time.

John Foreman

My Family Keeps growing!

Host mom with her exchange student

Hosting a foreign exchange student is one of the most rewarding things a family can do. I am beyond proud to have an Italian “son,” a German “son,” a Thai “daughter” and an Italian “daughter” added to my brood of 3 children. My 10 grandchildren love their aunts and uncles too!!

Learning about another country’s culture and ideas is the best way to bring this world closer together. I wouldn’t give up my experiences hosting students for all the money in the world. My “kids” are special to me! And I love going to their homes to visit!

Susan D.

Compassion and Sharing Thanks to Becoming a Host Family

Exchange student spending time with mom

As a host family, I did not realize that true compassion could be achievable. I thought about a lot of “what if’s.” Instead, I experienced many firsts. First time ever sharing my home with someone in their teens, first time trying real authentic Brazilian food or Thai food. I learned that by sharing my home, everyone’s hearts grew. We had many laughs and tears. The joy of hosting a student is very indescribable. We can not wait until our next student arrives.

Megan M.

Agreeing to Host Has Been a Life-Changing Experience

My family and I have hosted foreign exchange students with ISE. 1 from Thailand, 1 from Slovakia and 1 from Ecuador, all for 1 full school year each. I can not say enough just how this changed our world. We created an amazing bond with each student that expanded the base cultural knowledge not only of these exchange students but for our immediate and extended families as well. As much as you teach these students, these students also teach you in return. As a result of the wonderful relationships with these students, not only did we gain knowledge, but we have gained lifetime friendships that are amazing. Many of our family members have traveled to Slovakia and to Ecuador since we have hosted these students and these students have returned to visit with our family. When we opened our hearts, it opened our minds and it expanded our family forever. We are ever so thankful for the time that we had with these students! Thank you ISE for wonderful experiences.

Karen P.

You can learn more about becoming a host family by reading our host family blog and checking out our host family FAQ.

Our Mission

International Student Exchange (ISE) fulfills its mission of “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders” by bringing together exchange students and volunteer host families. The ISE exchange program allows international students to become familiar with the American way of life by attending local high schools, experiencing authentic family life, and participating in community service. As a result, American host families also learn about foreign cultures and make lasting friendships with the students hosted in their homes and their families.

Why Choose International Student Exchange

24/7 Support

ISE will never treat your experience as a one-time transaction. After all, you’re not buying a pair of shoes — you’re spending many months enrolled in a cultural exchange! As such, we offer an unparalleled level of care and support to all of our exchange students and host families. We have a fully-staffed support team, a 24/7 emergency hotline, and an online support community for our program participants.

A Non-Profit Mission

As a non-profit organization, ISE is dedicated mainly to providing wonderful cultural experiences for students and host families — at a cost that more students and their families can afford. Our mission is to bring the people of the world closer together, and our passionate network of volunteer host families makes this mission possible.

Dedication to Quality

ISE follows all rules and regulations set forth by the US Department of State. DOS compliance ensures your experience with us is safe and fun.  ISE’s exchange program has also been granted a full-listing each year since our founding by CSIET (the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel), making it a safe choice for students and host families.

Our Programs

We provide a twelve-month, ten-month, first-semester, or second-semester program for international high school students. After students have been carefully screened for language, grades, and overall suitability for the program, we provide placement in public, or upon written request, private high schools. Our exchange students then live with a volunteer host family while they attend high school. We also offer various programs for American high school students to live with a vetted host family and study abroad internationally.

Doing More with ISE Gives Back

ISE Gives Back,  our philanthropic program, is designed to provide support to those crucial organizations at home and abroad that create opportunities and lend assistance to children in need so that they can grow, participate, and thrive in the global community. Children Incorporated, our domestic partner, has worked diligently for 50+ years to assist impoverished children throughout all 50 states.

About Our Partners

ISE partners with international agencies in over 90 countries in order to facilitate quality programs for our exchange students. Each year, our trusted partners make it possible for thousands of exchange students to travel to the United States to live with a host family and experience the American way of life. We also maintain an affiliated office in China.

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