Laura Kosloff
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The Half-Year Exchange: An Easier or Harder Road to Navigate?

A little over a year ago, in January 2013, my then-18-year-old son left the United States to go on a six-month exchange to Ghana.  He was working as a volunteer teaching assistant rather than attending high school, and he was part of a close-knit exchange group.  He had the usual fears and ups-and-downs that an […]

F-1 Visas for High School Exchange Students: Flexibility in Study Abroad or an Unresolved Problem?

Last year I wrote a blog post on the differences between F-1 and J-1 visas for high school exchange students, intended as a summary of concrete information on the pros and cons of each visa. Since then, I have received many private messages through Exchangemom.com from host families asking for help with their F-1 visa […]

Study Abroad as an Element of Diplomacy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received many positive reactions to her push for cultural exchange and global education.  In 2010, she energized the cultural and education exchange industry with a speech that barely lasted 1½ minutes.  In her comments, she stated that student exchange still serves a purpose, even in the 21st century.  Student […]

The Second Half of the Exchange Year: All Fun and Games?

The second half of the exchange year is the perfect time to relax with your student and enjoy the relationship.  By now, your student knows your house rules, is familiar with how things work at school, and probably has made a few friends. So nothing to worry about, right?  I certainly hope that’s true, and […]

The Exchange Year, Phase Two: As the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

The old proverb cited above describes nicely where we are now in the cycle of the educational exchange year.  This is for my students, and the thousands of other high school exchange students trying to muddle through a semester or year that is harder than they expected: The “gets tough” side:  You have had the […]

How to Help Your Exchange Student Adjust to Life Here in the U.S.: Tips for Parents

Recently I wrote about the communications challenges and cultural shocks that teenage exchange students face at the beginning of their academic year.  Today I thought I would expand on some concrete “tips” for helping them through this period.  These tips can help families and students move on to the next stage in their relationship now […]

How to Help Your Exchange Student Adjust to Life Here in the U.S.: Key Issues Facing International Students

International students experience frustrations including culture shock, language difficulties, adjustment to customs and values, differences in educational systems, isolation and loneliness, homesickness and a loss of established social networks.* _______________ * Rawjee and Reddy, Exchange Students Communications Challenges, Paper presented at International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design, Istanbul, May 2012. As I write […]

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