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We Think We Want to Host an Exchange Student: What Do We Need to Know?

Why is hosting is a good idea? Student educational exchanges became popular after World War II. The U.S. government encouraged exchanges to increase participants’ understanding and tolerance of other cultures, as well as improve language skills and broaden young people’s social horizons. The Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (more commonly called the […]

Is Traditional High School Exchange Fading Away?: Charting New Pathways for International High School Education in the U.S.

Last week I posted an infographic with data from the Institute of International Education (IIE) on post-secondary international students in the U.S. The data in the infographic showed (among other things) that the number of college-level international students in the U.S. has climbed steadily, and almost half of these students come from China, India, and […]

Study Abroad: The Open Doors Report

The Institute of International Education’s Open Doors® project, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an annual comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States.  It also tracks U.S. students studying abroad for academic […]

Study Abroad for U.S. Students: Can You Do It Without Breaking the Bank?

There have been many discussions about the costs of studying abroad, and why this is one of the reasons so few U.S. students take advantage of the opportunity at both the high school and college level. The costs vary, depending on the type of program that a student chooses, the length of stay, costs incurred […]

How Far Will the Pendulum Swing for Rules Governing High School Exchange Students?

We recently received a note from the exchange program we work with notifying us about a new program rule: host parents who speak the language of their exchange student (even as a non-native) will be asked to sign a statement that says that host parents will “only” communicate with their student in English. On the […]

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 […]

Why You Should Host an Exchange Student – Yes, You!

“International exchanges are not a great tide to sweep away all differences, but they will slowly wear away at the obstacles to peace as surely as water wears away a hard stone.” – Former President George H.W. Bush This time of year, the 100 or so high school exchange student programs in the U.S. are […]

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