Exchange programs

Student exchange programs


Interested in hosting an exchange student?

Speak with your local high school's curriculum principal.

The district believes that many benefits accompany participation in student exchange programs, both for individuals participating and for the schools they attend. In any year, we host young men and women from many lands and have some of our own students experiencing life abroad. While the district does not directly sponsor these exchanges, we cooperate with recognized organizations which arrange such exchanges.


If you are contemplating an outbound exchange, consult with your school counselor and administration early. Our graduation requirements are determined by state and school board policies and must be met before a returning student can obtain a diploma. Specific arrangements must be made for how coursework completed abroad will satisfy graduation requirements if the student is to stay on track to graduate with their class.  All of these plans should be in writing and signed off by the student, parent and school officials.


Families planning to host exchange students sometimes hope that an ASD diploma can be earned during the student's stay. Given our graduation requirements, this is very unlikely. No waivers for requirements are allowed. Enrollments at some of our high schools are currently over the building capacity so exchange students may not be accepted to certain schools due to overcrowding.


Community coordinators

For specific information on student exchange programs, you may wish to contact the following community coordinators:


AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS website

A nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization offering exchanges for students, young adults and teachers in over 50 countries around the world.


Gail Braten
Presentation Coordinator
Study abroad and hosting
907- 278-4841


Joanne Williams


Penny Brunsvold
Study Abroad Coordinator



Aspect Foundation

Aspect website

Aspect Foundation is a non-profit organization providing affordable study-abroad opportunities to students from more than 50 countries. For the past 35 years, Aspect Foundation has offered inbound and outbound single-semester and full-year exchanges.


Regional Manager

Jinjer Kunde




Sirpa Gorman

907-720 1878



ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

ASSE website

One of the oldest and largest international student exchange organizations.


Linne' Weinberger

area representative



Cindy Schmidt

Coordinator for Washington and Alaska


Fax 800-896-2040




Ayusa website

Ayusa is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing cultural exchange experiences to students and families.


Jennifer Cox

Community Representative - Anchorage



Council for Educational Travel, USA

CETA website

CETUSA’s programs have allowed young people from many different cultural backgrounds to meet, exchange ideas and establish international friendships. At CETUSA we believe that mutual understanding and appreciation is best achieved through daily and personal contact.

Marvin Pease
Regional Director
616-365-9940 Ext 107


Council on International Educational Exchange

CIEE website

CIEE has been working with both inbound and outbound student exchange for over 60 years. We have scholarships available, and follow all regulations.


Miranda Nielsen
Regional Director


Carolyn Townsend
Local Coordinator



Cultural Homestay International

CHI website

Nonprofit dedicated to international understanding and friendship by working with teenagers and host families. Education, culture and language experiences and opportunities for our students and your family.


Emily Urlacher-Kirkham
Alaska - Area Administrator



ISE (International Student Exchange) or

A non-profit organization bringing people of the world closer through educational exchange and intercultural education. Offers both outbound and inbound programs for students age 15 to 18.


Area representatives

Angie Killpack

Home: (801) 671-3161


Regional Advisor

Joy Snodgrass

Cell: (360) 790 5086

Fax: (360) 282 0063


International Experience, USA

International Experience, USA website

Larissa Villar

Local Coordinator, Anchorage



NorthWest Student Exchange

NorthWest Student Exchange website

NWSE is a nonprofit, Dept. of State-designated student exchange organization listed with CSIET.


Celine Waldmann
International Program Coordinator
4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste 214
Seattle, Washington 98105
Tel. 206-957-2070
Fax. 206-527-0338 or 800-717-9117



NW Services PEACE program

NW Services website

A nonprofit educational organization offering both inbound and outbound homestay programs for students 15 - 18 years of age.


Teresa Knapp
National Manager


Jayme Ellerbe
State Manager



Program of Academic Exchange

PAX website

Offers both inbound and outbound high school/homestay programs.


Lena Adely
Regional Director
800-555-6211 ext. 304


Marsha Spencer- Morgan
Local Community Coordinator- Anchorage


Rose Urban Rural Exchange

RURE website

An in-state, two week cross-cultural exchange for high school students in the 9th, 10th & 11th grade.


Panu Lucier
Program Director


Myroslava Ponomarchuk
Outreach and Logistics Coordinator



Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange website

Open to young men and women, generally between the ages of 15-17, the sons and daughters of Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.


Jessica Carr
Rotary District 5010 Youth Exchange
Anchorage Area Coordinator
200 W. 34th Ave.
Box 393
Anchorage, AK 99503



STS Foundation

STS Foundation website

A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to intercultural student exchange.



The Laurasian Institution

The Laurasian Institution website

A non-governmental nonprofit organization offering a variety of international and cross-cultural education programs.


Jacob Rawson
Regional Director
12345 Lake City Way NE, #151
Seattle, WA 98125



World Heritage

World Heritage website

A public benefit organization dedicated to fostering cultural enrichment and intercultural understanding through youth exchange programs. World Heritage is officially designated as an "exchange visitors" program by the United States Department of State and adheres to all its regulations.


Candace Easley
Local Representative
907-315-4596 or 949-342-1777


Dawn Davis
Regional Coordinator



Youth for Understanding

YFU website

A nonprofit educational organization which offers opportunities for young people around the world to spend a summer, semester or year with a host family in another culture. Scholarships are available for American students to study abroad.