Reading Resources

Books Worth Taking a Look At:

Berdan, Stacie, and Goodman, Allan. Preparing to Study in the USA. Institute of International Education, 2016. Read our review!

Berdan, Stacie; Goodman, Allan; and Gertz, William.  A Parent Guide to Study Abroad. Institute of International Education, 2015. Read our review!

Berdan, Stacie; Goodman, Allan; and Taylor, Sir Cyril. A Student Guide to Study Abroad. Institute of International Education, 2013.

Cherington, Ina.  Living With Your Exchange Student. iUniverse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2011.

Hansel, Bettina.  The Exchange Student Survival Kit. Second Edition. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London, 2007.

King, Nancy and Huff, Ken.  Host Family Survival Kit: A Guide for American Host Families (2d ed). Intercultural Press, Yarmouth, Maine, 1997.

Nault, Nate. The Ultimate Study Abroad Guide: A How-To Guide From Someone Who’s Been There and Done That. The Study Abroad Blog, 2011.

Rybol, H.E. Culture Shock: A Practical Guide, 2014.  Read our review of Rybol’s book.

Rybol, H.E. Reverse Culture Shock, 2016. See our review.

Schewe, Olav. The Exchange Student Guidebook: Everything You’ll Need to Spend a Successful High School Year Abroad. iUniverse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012.

Tavangar, Homa. Growing Up Global.  Ballantine Books, New York, 2009.

Articles and Blog Posts on Cultural Exchange and Study Abroad:

Rajika Bhandari, An International Student’s Education: What I Learned About Myself, America and the World, Huffington Post – College, December 2, 2013.

Carol Carter, Creative Ways U.S. Families Can Bring the World to Them: Options to Promote Student Learning, Huffington Post, October 29, 2014.

Carol Carter, Families Speak on How Hosting International Students Changed Their Lives, Huffington Post, October 24, 2014.

Amarens Elise, How To Handle Living With A Host Family, Nationality Unknown, April 30, 2015.

Alexandra Fleming, The 6 Things You Learn From Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student, Today Parents, October 7, 2014.

Ben Gran, Lessons from our exchange student about American entrepreneurship,, April 10, 2012.

Mitch Hagstrom, Five Lessons From a Rotary Exchange Student, Musings with Mitch: Reflections on Leadership, July 11, 2012.

J.W. Holland, The Daughter I May Never See Again, Good Men Project, May 27, 2016.

Shellie Karabell, How Studying Abroad Makes You a Better Leader, Forbes, Jan. 29, 2016.

Robert Klose, My Third Son, Christian Science Monitor, August 4, 2011.

Beth Markley, 8 Things I’ve Learned as an Exchange Student Host Parent, Huffington Post, Jan. 8, 2015.

Beth Markley, Of Couches and Tschotchkes: Pros and Cons of Hosting an Exchange Student,, June 28, 2016.

Claire Cain Miller, Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus, New York Times, October 30, 2015.

Doug Moe, An Exchange for the Ages, Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 11, 2013.

Gabriel Ortiz-Barroeta, Youth Diplomacy: The Long-Lasting Effects of International Exchange on the U.S.,, March 11, 2014.

Annie Murphy Paul, How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter, Time Magazine, April 29, 2014.

Richard Stengel, The Case for Studying Abroad, U.S. Department of State “DipNote” Blog, November 21, 2014.

Patrick Stephenson, Why High School Students Should Study Abroad, Huffington Post, March 31, 2015.

Mark Stevens, Host a Foreign Exchange Student. You Will Not Regret It If You Live, Adventure Parents, May 20, 2011.

Homa Tavangar, 5 Lessons I learned hosting an exchange student, Huffington Post, August 2, 2011).

Elizabeth Weiss, Can International Students Save U.S. Schools?, The New Yorker, April 3, 2014. Discussion on the increased number of F-1 visa high school students in recent years (as compared to traditional highly regulated J-1 visa programs).

Selected News Stories on International Youth Exchange:

Is hosting an exchange student for you?, The Morning Blend (TV show, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), March 21, 2013.

Cultural exchange for Ghanaian exchange student and family, Herald and News (Klamath Falls, Oregon), Jan. 13, 2013.

Exchange students enrich lives of host families, classmates, Ellwood City (Pennsylvania) Ledger, Dec. 30, 2012.

Exchange student from Shanghai reflects on cultural lessons, The Daily News Online (, Longview, Washington), June 24, 2012.

Exchange student says: Education is “completely different” here, Mechanicsville Times (Virginia), Jan. 22, 2013.

Foreign exchange student looks forward to first Thanksgiving with host family, Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas,, Nov. 22, 2012.

Foreign Exchange Students Say Goodbye, Daily Herald (Utah), May 20, 2012.

For exchange student, culture shock is worth being away from home, Herald And News (Klamath Falls, Oregon), Jan. 16, 2013.

Home Away From Home: Foreign Exchange Students Share Their Impressions of Life in the U.S., Door County (Wisconsin) Advocate, Feb. 2, 2013.

How to be a Host Family,, Sept. 16, 2011.

Language isn’t the challenge it once was for Rotary exchange student, Keizer Times (Keizer, Oregon), Jan. 16, 2013.

Local family hosts foreign exchange student from Palestine, encourages others to follow suit, Arab-American News, Dec. 21, 2012.