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The 10 Details That Set the Best Foreign Exchange Student Programs Apart

There are many programs that bring exchange students to the United States. There are also some important differences between these programs. The best foreign exchange student programs have some hallmarks that set them apart.

What Is an Exchange Student? A Leader, A Learner, and Much More

International visitors participating in study abroad programs make up a huge percentage of students in the US, but what is an exchange student? In this article, we’ll share some information about these students, and how to get involved with the programs that bring them here to study.

7 Ways to Learn As a Host for an Exchange Student Program

Imagine how much you could learn and experience by living abroad for a year. This is the opportunity that high schoolers who come to the USA in an exchange student program embrace every year.

Host Family 101: A Guide to Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Hosting a foreign exchange student is an exciting and unforgettable opportunity.  These students can add an immeasurable amount to the families they join for their program year.

Host an Exchange Student: See Why Our Families Keep Coming Back

If our 40+ years of coordinating high school exchanges have taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to fit any single standard to host an exchange student. In fact, the variety of our host families reflects the diversity of the American experience.   

How to Host an International Student: Tips and Tricks for Successful Hosting

Hosting an international exchange student can be a life-changing opportunity—for students and families!

Say YES to Hosting for the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program

At Ayusa, we take pride in all of our exchange students. We are especially proud of our YES students, who are from the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program.

Should I Host a Foreign Exchange Student? Experienced Families Say Yes!

If you’re looking for a way to make a positive impact on a young person’s life, or a way to experience a new culture without leaving home, you may have asked yourself: should I host a foreign exchange student? Many of our host families would answer this with a resounding yes!

Support High School Foreign Exchange Student Programs as a Host

High-achieving young people who crave adventure often find themselves gravitating towards high school foreign exchange student programs. Besides completely shaking up their normal routine, these programs provide opportunities for growth that even parents can get behind.

Shape the Future: Become a Host for High School Exchange Programs

Becoming a host for students in high school exchange programs is a unique and meaningful way to have an impact that reaches beyond your local community. It allows you to make a difference that spans the world.

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