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Share Your World

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT

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...

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

Hosting a Student Will Change Your Life

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We have hosted 3 times between 2009 and 2015. Our first student came from Mexico with ISE. This experience changed our family forever. Through this exchange program, I gained children who I can now call my own. Even though they only stay for 10 months, they will always be mine. This experience opened our family to the possibility of adoption and as a result, we adopted a six-year-old boy who is originally from Ethiopia. We have learned so much about ourselves and the countries we have hosted from (Mexico and Spain). I cannot recommend it enough!

Deanna R.

Our Family Had a Great Hosting Experience!

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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.

Becoming a Host Family Has Been A Joy

Host family having milkshakes with exchange student

This was our first experience hosting an exchange student and I was a little nervous because we live in a very small town in Rural Kansas. Would there be enough for her to do? Would she get bored? However, the moment Maria stepped into our lives, she took our family and our small town by storm. She fit right into our lives and she was always happy to share with us about her life in Germany. We spent many of mealtimes just talking and enjoying her company. A favorite thing we would do is “ Family Night” where we would often order a pizza and watch a movie together. Remeber how I said I was worried she would get bored? She was a flurry of activity. She had a wonderfully positive attitude and tried choir, tennis, track, and art-just to name a few activities she was involved with. She made many friends at the school she attended. Several of her classmates told me what an impact she had on their lives. She was a joy to have in our family and in our community. Your life will be greatly enriched through hosting an exchange student. Ours certainly was!

Cathy D.

First Time Host Family

Exchange student with their host family

This was our first year hosting and while it was not all rainbows and butterflies, we are so very happy that we took on the experience. Being able to welcome an exchange student into our home not only gave them the opportunity to experience the American life, it gave us the opportunity to learn about another culture. We did not just gain a new daughter but a forever-family member. Our exchange student went home two days after Christmas, which was very hard for us since she was supposed to be a full year student. When we found out she was leaving early it was heart-wrenching. However, she promised that it was not because of the experience but because of things happening at home. She also made us promise to visit her in Spain after she returned home. We made that trip in May and had the experience of a lifetime! We lived the culture, explored the country, and made so many friends and family while we were there. While we hear so many host families had to say goodbye because it is the end of the school year, we have said see you later twice now. Neither time has it been a dry-eyed moment, but it has always been a heat filled one.

We talk to our forever Spanish family weekly and cannot wait to visit with them again in the future. We are now preparing for our next student’s arrival in August. We love being host parents and our children love their exchange siblings! I live my life in a way that can help to make a positive difference in someone else’s life, and this absolutely fits!! Hosting exchange students has been the best experience ever!

Lauren L.

Becoming a Host Family Was a Life-Changing Experience!

Host family welcoming their exchange student at the airport

We just finished hosting our first exchange student, a girl from Brazil. Now that she is gone the impact she has made on our family is obvious. Our kids grew to love her as she did them. The friendships with family members across the world are also priceless. You will learn that the ability to share experiences and cultures with someone else is worth more than gold. THIS is what makes life worth living and gives you the ability to give and be remembered, forever.

David S.

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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