What is hosting?
Bring the world to you, your family and your community by opening your home or school to a high school exchange student. By hosting a student for a few weeks or an an academic year, you’ll share cultures and form bonds that can last a lifetime.
These extraordinary young people from other countries receive a highly competitive, merit-based scholarship from the U.S. government to attend local high schools and live with families in urban, rural, and suburban communities in all 50 states.
Once selected, students are expected to maintain a high level of academic performance, learn about American history and society, and to participate in community service. Volunteer host families support exchange students by providing a comfortable, nurturing home, nutritious meals and transportation to and from school activities.
How do I start the process?
To get started as a host family or school, please complete the interest form below and a local coordinator in your area will reach out to you with more information.
To complete the process, potential host families fill out an application, meet with placement staff, provide personal references, and family members 18 and older complete a background check.
Host families receive a certificate of appreciation and host schools will be recognized as partners for global diplomacy through the Medallion Program. Schools will receive:
- School Administrator Handbook with information about our programs
- Medallion graphics for use on your school’s website
- Medallion banner template
- Certificate each school year
- Are we good candidates for hosting?
- Do I have to send my son or daughter overseas in order to host an exchange student?
- What is required of a host family?
- What if the student needs medical attention?
- Will I receive financial compensation for hosting an exchange student?
- Am I the exchange student's legal guardian?
- Will my exchange student speak English?
- How will our exchange student get around?
- How long do we have to host our exchange student?