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Exchange Student Stories: Born in Austria, But Lost My Heart in Ireland

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We coordinators are always promoting the exchange experience, of course . . . but shouldn’t we sometimes hear from our students and families? So for today, we thought we would share a few examples of what students themselves say about their exchange in another country. “Born in Austria, But I Lost My Heart in Ireland […]

Choosing Where to Go in the U.S. – Good or Bad Idea?

We receive questions from current or future exchange students asking for advice on … well, almost everything. An increasingly common question is whether students should ask for a particular state or region of the U.S. for their exchange year. We have seen an increase in the past couple of years in these “state requests” from […]

Highlight of the Week – Nationality Unknown

My feature highlight for this week is Nationality Unknown, a blog and Facebook page focusing on the feelings and emotions faced by exchange students, long-term travelers, and expats. Amarens describes herself as “a 19-year-old Dutch girl with a passion for traveling, photography and languages.” She did an exchange when she was 16 and wants to […]

Short Term vs Long Term Exchange Programs: What’s the Difference?

The objective of the Short-Term Exchange Program is to foster world peace, international understanding and good will by extending international communication at the personal level through the exchange of students of high school age. It is our hope that these students will be able to see firsthand the problems and accomplishments of other peoples of […]

Guest Blog: Why Should Your Child Study Abroad in High School? At Least Three Reasons

Sending your child to study abroad in a foreign country can be a scary thing for most parents. It’s understandable – you won’t be there to monitor them, console them, or even remind them to brush their teeth. But allowing your children to gain independence and confidence through study abroad is one of the best […]

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 […]

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