Student exchange programs
Interested in an exchange program?
Speak with your local high school's counselor for more information.
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. Since 2004 graduates must also successfully complete all three parts of the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination before being eligible for a high school diploma. 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.
For specific information on student exchange programs, you may wish to contact the following community coordinators:
AFS Intercultural Programs
A nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization offering exchanges for students, young adults and teachers in over 50 countries around the world.
Study abroad and hosting
Study Abroad Coordinator
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.
Local International Coordinator
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs
One of the oldest and largest international student exchange organizations.
907-561-8765 or 907-229-3812
Coordinator for Washington and Alaska
Ayusa is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing cultural exchange experiences to students and families.
Community Representative - Anchorage
Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE has been working with both inbound and outbound student exchange for over 60 years. We have scholarships available, and follow all regulations.
Cultural Homestay International
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.
Jennie M. Fouts
Alaska - Area Administrator
ISE (International Student Exchange)
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.
Home: (907) 622-4200
Cell: (907) 862-3500
Home: (907) 726-1393
Cell: (907) 250-9578
Home: (801) 671-3161
Cell: (360) 790 5086
Fax: (360) 282 0063
International Experience, USA
Local Coordinator, Anchorage
NorthWest Student Exchange
NWSE is a nonprofit, Dept. of State-designated student exchange organization listed with CSIET.
International Program Coordinator
4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste 214
Seattle, Washington 98105
Fax. 206-527-0338 or 800-717-9117
NW Services PEACE program
A nonprofit educational organization offering both inbound and outbound homestay programs for students 15 - 18 years of age.
Program of Academic Exchange
Offers both inbound and outbound high school/homestay programs.
Rose Urban Rural Exchange
An in-state, two week cross-cultural exchange for high school students in the 9th, 10th & 11th grade.
Outreach and Logistics Coordinator
Rotary Youth Exchange
Open to young men and women, generally between the ages of 15-17, the sons and daughters of Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.
A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to intercultural student exchange.
Alaska Regional Coordinator
1428 Nichols St.
907-440-4461 or 907-274-4721
The Laurasian Institution
A non-governmental nonprofit organization offering a variety of international and cross-cultural education programs.
12345 Lake City Way NE, #151
Seattle, WA 98125
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.
907-315-4596 or 949-342-1777
Youth for Understanding
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.