Student exchange programs
Interested in hosting an exchange student?
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.
For specific information on student exchange programs, you may wish to contact the following community coordinators:
AFS Intercultural Programs
AFS USA, afsusa.org
AFS has been a leader in international education for 70 years. We are a nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization offering exchanges for students, young adults and teachers in over 50 countries around the world.
Sara Huff, AFS Alaska Team Development Specialist, Contact for School Presentations
Anchorage, AK 99502
Work Phone: 907-360-9659
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.
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs
One of the oldest and largest international student exchange organizations.
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 for Educational Travel, USA
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.
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.
Education Travel & Culture
Education Travel & Culture (ETC) is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] educational exchange organization. Its purpose is to promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad. ETC provides inbound program opportunities for high school students throughout the world to study in an American high school and live with an American family. Host families provide room and board, a quiet place to study, and an American family experience for guest students during their semester or academic year in the United States.
Local Coordinator: Becky Peterson
Regional Manager: Sarah Candelaria
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.
Jenni M. Fouts
Alaska - Area Administrator
800-861-5523 or 360-701-2233
Greenheart Exchange has been working with exchange students since 1985 as a non-profit organization (formerly known as CCI).
We have hosting opportunities for academic year program high school students from 60+ countries around the world.
We also offer hosting opportunities for short term summer students from around the world.
We have college age programs for students to work for employers in Alaska.
Our Travel Abroad department has many opportunities around the world for American teens and adults.
Regional Director for Alaska, Lori Tibbett at email@example.com, or 877-325-0006
Local Coordinator Kim Iozzo, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-632-3547
International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)
ICES is a nonprofit organization committed to educational study abroad programs. For twenty five years ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world.
International Experience, USA
iE provides a personalized, relationship-focused platform in which international students, their host families, and their host communities connect, relate, and explore both the differences that define us as well as the similarities that unite us. We provide opportunities for meaningful cultural exchange, helping to create a world where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated.
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.
Cell: (360) 790 5086
Fax: (360) 282 0063
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.
OCEAN (Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations) is a non-profit organization founded in 1994, which sponsors international exchange students, ages 14-18, and places them in host families and high schools throughout the U.S. for a semester or academic year. The purpose of our program is to promote international understanding, cultural awareness and academic excellence. OCEAN has been designated by the U.S. Department of State, as well as approved for listing with CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel). We have been placing exchange students in Alaska for many years and students and host families always had a wonderful experience. If you are interested in the opportunity to be a host family or wish to work with our organization, please contact us and we will direct your information to our local representative:
Program of Academic Exchange, P.A.X.
Offers both inbound and outbound high school/homestay programs.
800.555.6211 ext. 205
Local Community Coordinator- Anchorage
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary District 5010 Youth Exchange
Anchorage Area Coordinator
200 W. 34th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99503
States' 4-H International Exchange Programs
The Alaska 4-H International Exchange Program has been placing students across the state for other 35 years. We currently have 22 summer cultural program delegates placed throughout Alaska, and 6 Academic Year Program (AYP) students committed to homes in Palmer, Eagle River, Sterling/Soldotna , Kenai, and Nikiski.
Jason Floyd, President
States' 4-H International Exchange Programs, Alaska Volunteer
A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to intercultural student exchange. Currently promoting an inbound program for students ranging from 15-18.5 years of age. Students come from over 50 countries for either an academic year or one semester. We are listed with CSIET and inpositive standing with the Department of State.
phone number: 337-509-8086 or 978-776-6034
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
Young Life Amicus International
Young Life Amicus International
A non-profit, academic and cultural exchange program of Young Life, an international Christian organization that serves as an outreach to teens around the world.
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.