Our exchange students

Hailing from 13 countries across Europe and Asia, our exchange students are eager to join your family, learn about our diverse American culture and get involved in your local high school. They have earned admission onto our program based on a rigorous review of their motivation, personality, health, grades and teacher recommendations. We are excited for you to meet them!

Learn more about our exchange students’ home countries







The Netherlands


South Korea





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Why students participate in an exchange year

Personal growth

Exchange students grow tremendously as a person. They develop cultural awareness, independence, maturity, self-confidence, self-awareness, grit, adaptability, problem-solving skills, leadership— and much more.

Fluency in English

Exchange students with a solid grasp of English become truly fluent. By the end of their time away they are able to speak, read, and write English more naturally and with greater ease.

Cultural fluency

Exchange students also become fluent in the culture, customs, and traditions of another country, and become an ambassador for the place they called home during their exchange.

Global family

Our students are eager to gain a second family and make friendships for life. Many of our host families and students are in touch for years to come and consider themselves family.

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Finding the right exchange student for your family

Does your family have any hobbies or interests that you'd like to share with an exchange student? Are you looking to learn more about a particular region of the world? Consider some of these topics and start reviewing student profiles today.

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Let’s connect!

Talk to us directly: +1 800 447 4273

Send an email: [email protected]

© EF Education First 2011-2021. EF High School Exchange Year is operated by EF Educational Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-profit corporation designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate a J-1 student exchange program. Note: Featured photo/videos do not include prospective students, and are representative of program participants.