International Student Exchange maintains a strong presence in Mississippi through our Smoky Mountains Regional Office. Over the past ten years, our Mississippi regional staff has enriched the lives of over 191 exchange students and countless American kids and families in communities across the state. Our students have attended more than 70 different public high schools in Mississippi.

Opportunities to get involved throughout the state are available today!

Host an Exchange Student in Mississippi

Join our network of over 155 host families in Mississippi 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 Mississippi

Become an Area Representative in Mississippi and join over 18 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 Mississippi:

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

28 May: How Enhanced Training and Development is Empowering ISE Field Staff

ISE has grown from a small nonprofit exchange program in 1982 to one of the leading sponsors of J-1 cultural exchange programs in the industry, facilitating programs for over 2,500 exchange students every year. With such rapid growth, we faced the challenge of providing comprehensive training to each new field…

20 May: Preparing for Exchange: Marcus & The Millers

With exchange students and host families around the world eagerly awaiting their opportunity to experience cultural exchange, we decided to catch up with one of our incoming students and host families to get a glimpse of how they’re preparing for next year’s program and how virtual connections have already helped…

24 Apr: Exchange Student Host Families Needed More Than Ever

As lockdowns were enacted, and national borders closed due to COVID-19, exchange students were faced with a daunting task: getting home. There have been countless stories of host families and field staff members going above and beyond to make sure the exchange students were safe. In San Francisco, host father…


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!