foreign exchange students on the beach

Beyond the Classroom — The Unexpected Lessons Learned During Cultural Exchange

Virtually every international student comes to the United States with some idea of their goals academically. After all, studying abroad is still very much that — spending time in an American classroom, learning alongside other teens and receiving grades just like a normal high-schooler. But for cultural exchange students, the lessons…

foreign exchange student using cell phone

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…

Dutch exchange student experiences America with host family

Cultural Shift: Dutch Exchange Student Excited to Experience U.S. with American Host Family

When 17-year-old exchange student  Marnouk Van der Laan arrived in Indiana last Sunday, she immediately noticed one thing. “I saw a lot of cornfields,” she said. “A lot of cornfields.” But even with all of the agriculture surrounding it, Van der Laan said Seymour is much larger than her hometown…