International Student Exchange maintains a strong presence in California through our Northern Shores, Sunset, and West Regional Offices. Over the past ten years, our California regional staff has enriched the lives of over 750 exchange students and countless American kids and families in communities across the state. Our students have attended more than 380 different public high schools in California.

Opportunities to get involved throughout the state are available today!

Host an Exchange Student in California

Join our network of over 700 host families in California and make a difference in a teenager’s life today. When you host an exchange student, you will:

  • Gain a new family member
  • Experience a new culture
  • Create lifelong friendships
  • Make a positive impact

Work with Exchange Students in California

Become an Area Representative in California and join over 200 individuals who have made it their mission to bring student exchange to their communities. Our Area Representatives:

  • Work with local high schools to secure placements for exchange students
  • Recruit local families to host exchange students for 5, 10, or 12-month programs
  • Provide supervision and guidance for exchange students throughout their stay

Welcome International Exchange Students To Your High School

There are many benefits of having foreign exchange students in your local high school. They help students and faculty learn new cultures, values and languages.

Here are some of the schools that our students have attended in California:

Are you interested in having foreign exchange students in your local high school? Click the link below!

26 Feb: Chinese Exchange Student forms Strong Bond with Host Family in Minnesota

This is the story of Siran, an exchange student from China. She was recently featured by a local news station in Minnesota. Read her story below:   By Gage Cureton | February 13, 2020 GOOD THUNDER, Minn. (KEYC) – One family in Good Thunder is hosting an exchange student from…

13 Feb: Life as an Exchange Student in Norway

Kennedy is an exchange student from New Hampshire who is spending a year abroad in Norway. She recently spoke about her time in Norway including what its like living with a host family, traveling to Sweden, and so much more! You can watch her full story below, or continue down…

07 Jan: Regional Director Spotlight: Rose Hawkins

Rose Hawkins, Regional Director at International Student Exchange (ISE), has been working in the student exchange industry for over 20 years. In addition to being a Regional Director with ISE, Rose has been a host family for numerous exchange students from around the world over the past 13 years. We…


Global friendship starts with local action. Volunteer to host a student today!


Change the world, one family at a time. Apply to become an ISE Area Representative!


Explore a new culture and experience a new way of life. Become an exchange student!