ISE Exchange Student is Filled with Gratitude

ISE Exchange Student Giulia from Italy at Desert Vista High School

ISE exchange student, Giulia from Italy, has watched her dream of studying in the United States come to fruition. Almost a year ago, she decided to participate in an exchange year with ISE because she wanted to become more independent, discover another culture, and learn English better not just by studying it in school. Read about her ISE exchange experience in the Ahwatukee Foothills News‘ article, “Exchange Student Grateful for her Time at Desert Vista“.

International Student Exchange (ISE) aims to help move towards world peace by showing high school students what other cultures have to offer. ISE is committed to educational study abroad program. For over 40 years we’ve promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding of thousands of American families and exchange students from across the world.

You can make a difference in a young person’s life by hosting an international exchange student. ISE is a certified non-profit organization founded in 1982 and has provided quality exchange programs for over 30,000 exchange students. We are looking for host families across the United States.

Enrich your family, local high school, and community with new ideas and perspectives. International exchange students form a broader view in our education system and help us make it world-class. International student exchange helps globalize United States education.

ISE believes that exchange programs provide a distinct opportunity for personal growth and development, so we strive to bring this experience to as many foreign students and host families as possible. Hosting an international student often leads to the development of deep connections and lasting friendships. As you spend time together, engage in activities, and share experiences, you may form meaningful bonds that can endure beyond their time as a student.  It is our goal for this opportunity to bring the people of the world closer together through the relationships created between visiting students, host families and the local community. Check out KPLC TV‘s recent interview to learn more.

For more information, contact us.

If you would like to help an exchange student’s dreams come true, we invite you to read more about hosting a foreign exchange student. If you have specific questions about hosting, check out our host family FAQ page. You can also read testimonials from our past and current host families. When you feel ready, complete our host family interest form and our area representative will get in touch with you.

You can also get involved by joining our team of Area Representatives! Help match host families and exchange students and bring the world closer together, while making a supplemental income.


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!

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