Study Abroad in the USA

The ISE Academic Year Programs (AYP) are designed to provide students with a comprehensive American cultural and academic experience within a family environment.

The US offers a great deal of diversity, providing students an exciting variety of experiences.  Exchange students are placed in all areas of the United States!

Our volunteer host families are selected by our experienced field staff and thoroughly screened.  Exchange students will become part of the “American fabric” by becoming a member of their host family and community.

We feel that our cultural exchange program is an important service to provide.  Together, students and host families will form a bond that will result in greater understanding among people throughout the world.  It is a program that creates lasting ties, promoting peace throughout our global community.

Why Study Abroad?

Johannes' Cultural Exchange Experience

We feel that cultural exchange programs are an important service to provide.  Together, students, their host family, and members of the community will form a bond that will result in greater understanding among people throughout the world.  It is a program that creates lasting ties and promotes peace throughout our global community.

Explore Even More

ISE, along with our partner MPD Tours, offers exchange students the opportunity to experience even more of America through optional excursions and student tours.

Project HELP

Instilling a Dedication to Service

ISE takes great pride in our community service program, Project HELP, which provides students the opportunity to give back to the towns that welcome them during their stay. Students assist their host neighborhoods by volunteering their time and energy to support local causes in:

Health and Wellness


Emergency Relief

Volunteering with FEMA

Local Causes, Charities, and Fundraisers

Ronald McDonald House

Plus Many More!

IFF Oregon

A Unique Exchange Experience

Each year, International Student Exchange places several lucky students from around the world in the residential high schools in Oregon State to participate in a truly unique cultural exchange in towns bordering national forest areas. IFF placements offer a wealth of opportunity for students with a love of nature and the outdoors. IFF students also benefit from exclusive trips organized throughout the year, including camping trips, beach excursions, and more! Some local activities include, but are not limited to:


Mountain Biking


River Rafting




IFF Home Structure

Each IFF home is run by dorm parents, who serve as the host mother and/or host father of the exchange students who live there. These dorm parents often have their own children who live in the IFF home as well. The dorms are very much like a large American home and are run as a typical American family, only with an international twist! Although the IFF program may seem like somewhat of a non-traditional experience, all IFF schools are normal American high schools – complete with clubs, sports, and other fun extracurricular activities to choose from.

host mom with students

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most asked questions about studying in the United States

You will live with one of our volunteer host families. All of our host families are background checked and have their homes inspected prior to your arrival.

It depends on the country you are coming from. Some countries requires convalidation in order for you to receive credit. You can learn more about the convalidation process here.

Yes! We offer excursions and student tours through our partner MPD tours. Check out some of our available trips here! 

Experience The United States

Read about what it is like to study abroad in the United States and how to choose the right exchange program

student-exchange-group Choosing an Exchange Program: The International Student Exchange Advantage So you’re ready to take the plunge and become part of a student exchange program. Before making this decision, you should be as prepared as possible. We would like to take the time to fill you in on exactly what International Student Exchange is all about. Read More exchange student playing basketball From Spain to Stand Out Student Athlete Irene Huguet is a Spanish exchange student attending high school in New York. She is a honors student, as well as the starting center for the girls basketball team. She helped lead her team to the Nassau Class A Playoffs. Read her full story here. Read More School bus for exchange students A World Away: 5 Common Misconceptions About Studying in the USA Many students arrive in the United States with some very interesting misconceptions about American culture. These are just some of the most common misconceptions incoming exchange students have about the United States, and the truth behind them. Read More dog holding american flag in host family living room 5 Important Tips for Living with an American Host Family These are just some of the most important tips for living with an American host family according to the students and host parents that have been there. Read More exchange students in library Exchange Students, Will You Receive School Credit When You Return to Your Home Country? It is very important that the student and host family follow the steps for convalidation closely. If one step is left out or if there is a missing notarization, it could mean that the whole process must begin again. If the student does not receive full convalidation, they may need to repeat the entire year of school in their home country. Read More foreign exchange students on the beach Beyond the Classroom — The Unexpected Lessons Learned During Cultural Exchange If you or your child is considering becoming an exchange student, consider these incredible lessons they’ll learn while living abroad — from the host families that witnessed it! Read More

Amazing Students with Incredible Stories

Here are a few of our amazing exchange students that studied in the United States. Read their stories, along with others below.



From volunteering to help hurricane victims in Texas, running the NYC Marathon, and getting a Masters degree, Sara took full advantage of the opportunity to come to the United States. 10 years later, she still talks with her host family.



Sao Paulo, Brazil

During his time in Minnesota, Vitor was a stand out athlete on his high school’s football team. After trying out and making the team, he became the starting kicker and helped lead the team to a Section Championship!

Dutch exchange student



During her time in Indiana, Marnouk became fully immersed in the American way of life. She noted differences between schooling in the Netherlands compared to the United States, but loved her experience.


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