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Attention High School Educators

Please utilize the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators as a classroom resource for international lesson plans and conflict resolution.

Globalize your Classroom

International education is more important today than ever before. Globalize your classrooms in today’s interconnected world – build international bridges, break down cultural barriers through immersion in the American educational system, inspire love of other cultures and languages in your students, and open minds!

The challenge is to find a way to educate future global citizens through more than textbooks and movies. We at CIEE believe that learning is about the relationships between people, and that international educational exchange is the best way to foster mutual understanding between people around the world. We can’t do it without schools like yours who commit to learning about cultural exchange. We thank you for your diligence in pursuing this mission with us. Together, we can make a difference in the world.

The USA High School Program is designated by the U. S. Department of State to sponsor students on a J-1 visa. We are also accredited by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

A major part of each student’s stay in the US is their experience attending a local high school. This is an opportunity for students to expand their English language skills and understanding of American culture while sharing their native culture with the community at their school.

AT CIEE, we make it our goal to select high quality students for our program. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program, academic history, and English ability, so that each student can have a productive and successful experience at your host school.


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  • Over 60 years of experience as a leader in the field of international education
  • Local Coordinators in your community offering schools, host families, and students support
  • A trained support team available 24-hours a day in case of emergency
  • Exceptional students from over 55 countries that have been orientated before their arrival by both CIEE and our overseas partners
  • Designated Grant Programs sponsor by the U.S. Department of State
  • Affiliations with the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET) among many other prestigious organizations involved in the quality of the international education experience

The USA High School Program

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The CIEE High School program is a 5 or 10 month academic home stay program that enables qualified international high school student to attend high school in the United States while living with a host family.

Host families of all shapes and sizes across America volunteer to host students into their homes and include them as a new member of their family so they can fully participate in all aspects of family and community life.

CIEE presently has over 1,300 high school students from 55 different countries living in communities throughout the U.S.


Students in their own words

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“I want to thank my school, Robert E. Lee High School at Tyler. I learned loads of new things during the year, had a great time at school, made lots of new friends, learned much about U.S. high schools, and I will use my experience here for developing programs back in Armenia. Thanks to all of my teachers for your support!

Agapi, FLEX Participant

Read more comments on the U.S. exchange experience from FLEX students in Texas in the Palestine Herald.


Survey for Current Host Schools


We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to you as a CIEE host school. Without you, this program would not be possible! Please take the time to complete the USA High School Evaluation. Constructive and specific feedback will help us improve our program for you in the future.

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