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A Seat at the Table: 5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Share with Your Student

For many international exchange students, few holidays feel more quintessentially “American” than Thanksgiving. Many Thanksgiving traditions revolve around cultural mainstays like football and comfort food, leading many international students to feel particularly excited about experiencing Thanksgiving with their American host family. What are the types of experiences international students look…

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Dear Host Family: What Exchange Students Want Host Families to Know

Ideally, host families and their exchange students have relationships built on open communication and honesty. But sometimes, coming into a new family’s home can cause students to feel unsure about how to approach unfamiliar or confusing situations. Add in a language barrier and cultural differences, and sometimes the communication breakdown…

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Tips and Tricks for Cultural Exchange in the Digital Age

Only a decade or two ago, international travel and cultural exchange looked very different than it does today. While handwritten letters and the occasional phone call used to be the preferred method for international communication, nowadays technology like Skype and Facetime allows exchange students to have face-to-face conversations with family…

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Why Does International Education Matter? The ISE Perspective

Only a decade or two ago, the concept that students could interact with their peers from around the world on a regular basis was hardly feasible. But with the rise of social media and communication technologies like Skype and WhatsApp, modern students are more connected to the world around them…

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Can I Get Paid to Host an Exchange Student? — J1 vs F1 Exchange Programs for Host Families

Each year, thousands of international exchange students travel to the US to experience American culture and academics on J1 and F1 visas. J1 and F1 visa exchange programs all serve a similar purpose: to connect people and cultures from around the world. There are plenty of reasons to host an…

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5 Questions Everyone Has About Hosting an Exchange Student

Considering hosting an exchange student? Then it’s probably a safe bet to assume that you have questions about what the experience will be like. From what students are like to how expenses work, it’s important to understand all of what goes into the hosting experience before embarking on the journey…

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Bridging the Gap: How Cultural Exchange Continues After Programs End

From excitement to homesickness to the thrill of new experiences, the exchange journey is filled with powerful emotions for both the student and the host family. Of course, nothing epitomizes the emotional impact of hosting an exchange student quite like the bittersweet experience of that student returning home. But in…

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The 6 Most Common Fears for Prospective Host Families — and How to Overcome Them

Welcoming an exchange student into your home can be a nerve-wracking experience for host families. What if they don’t get along with your family? What if they don’t like the food you eat? What if they become so homesick that they’re miserable for their entire stay? It’s completely natural to…