International Student Exchange maintains a strong presence in Illinois through our Prairie Regional Office. Over the past ten years, our Illinois regional staff has enriched the lives of over 810 exchange students and countless American kids and families in communities across the state. Our students have attended more than 263 different public high schools in Illinois.

Opportunities to get involved throughout the state are available today!

Host an Exchange Student in Illinois

Join our network of over 910 host families in Illinois and make a difference in a teenager’s life today. When you host an exchange student, you will:

  • Gain a new family member
  • Experience a new culture
  • Create lifelong friendships
  • Make a positive impact

Work with Exchange Students in Illinois

Become an Area Representative in Illinois and join over 125 individuals who have made it their mission to bring student exchange to their communities. Our Area Representatives:

  • Work with local high schools to secure placements for exchange students
  • Recruit local families to host exchange students for 5, 10, or 12-month programs
  • Provide supervision and guidance for exchange students throughout their stay

Welcome International Exchange Students To Your High School

There are many benefits of having foreign exchange students in your local high school. They help students and faculty learn new cultures, values and languages.

Here are some of the schools that our students have attended in Illinois:

Are you interested in having foreign exchange students in your local high school? Click the link below!


Global friendship starts with local action. Volunteer to host a student today!


Change the world, one family at a time. Apply to become an ISE Area Representative!


Explore a new culture and experience a new way of life. Become an exchange student!