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For Student Exchange Programs, the USA Is a Top Destination - Here’s Why

Every year, millions of exchange students travel across the world to study abroad. For many student exchange programs, the USA is pick number 1. But, with dozens of other destinations to choose from, why do so many student exchange programs come to the USA?

Making the Most of an Exchange Student’s Academic Year in America

Spending an academic year in America isn’t only a way to enrich a student’s education. It can also be a deeply rewarding experience for the families that host them. Exchange students and host families all have unique program years together, and that time can be as memorable as it is educational.

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!

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