Frequently Asked Questions About Studying in the USA

Where will I live? Will my grades transfer back home? Can I choose where to live?

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Get answers to all of these questions and more by reading our frequently asked questions by students coming to the USA. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, send us a message! 

While participating in the ISE high school exchange program, you will live with a volunteer host family. A host family is a family or individual that agrees to take in a foreign student during their exchange program. These volunteers provide their exchange student with a room (which can be shared with another child of the same gender and close in age), a quiet place to study, meals, and support. They treat their exchange visitor as a member of the family, not a guest. In return, they enrich their homes and communities and create lasting friendships around the world.

Whether or not your grades will transfer back home depends on the country you are coming from. Some countries require a process called convalidation in order for you to receive credit in your home country. You can learn more about the convalidation process here.