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A World Away: 5 Common Misconceptions About Studying in the USA

Studying in the United States can be an enormously eye-opening experience for a teen who has spent most or all of their formative years immersed in the culture of their home country. But for many incoming exchange students, their first experiences in America are certainly not their first interaction with…

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Notes from the Global Classroom — A Conversation with Jennifer Miller

For Jennifer Miller — an elementary school social studies and geography teacher in Jackson County, Indiana — the exchange student experience began well before she would become an educator.   During high school, Jennifer met an exchange student from Germany that would quickly become a close friend. Looking back, she…

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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…

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Should You Study Abroad? 8 Signs You’d Make a Great Exchange Student

New food, new people, a new environment… nearly all of us enjoy trying something “new” on vacation. Whether you’re a beach bum or an outdoor enthusiast, just about everyone enjoys ditching their daily routine and doing something out of the ordinary every once in a while. Studying abroad can help…

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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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Should You Host Another Exchange Student? 5 Reasons Families Host Again and Again

Whether you are just wrapping up your latest hosting experience or are getting ready to host your very first, you might already be thinking: “Should I host another exchange student?” Opening your home to a foreign student is a hugely rewarding experience for families and individuals across the United States….