Live like an American teen.
Our Exchange program is a classic American high school experience. Live and breathe the life of an American teen for the duration of your one-year, fully immersive cultural exchange program. Go to school. Participate in extracurricular activities. Join clubs. Play sports. Live with a host family. Practice your English. Explore the great outdoors. Taste new cuisines. Learn about a new culture all the while sharing your own. It truly is the adventure of a lifetime.
Live like an American teen
Hundreds of schools throughout all 50 states
Traveling to America to study with CIEE is an experience you’ll remember forever. Whether you live with your host family on a ranch in Colorado, a small town in the heartland of the Midwest, or the suburbs of an exciting city like Austin, Texas, you’ll experience everyday life in America. You and your host family are encouraged to make the most of the opportunity by getting involved in the community, meeting people, and making friends.
At school, you’ll attend classes, join clubs and sports teams, and volunteer. Every CIEE student takes English and American history classes. Beyond that, CIEE participants study the same subjects as U.S. students – math, science, art, music, literature, computer science, athletics, and more. You’ll also join your classmates in extracurricular activities of your choosing. In short, you will live the life of an American teen!
Who will support you throughout your program? Find out!
At CIEE, our goal is to match you with a host family that will give you a home away from home. That means an open-minded, friendly, and caring environment no matter where you live – from rural Montana all the way to downtown New York.
What you can expect:
- A bed and bedroom (you might share the room)
- An appropriate place to study
- Three meals a day
- Assistance in coordinating transportation
- Ongoing family support
Upgrade Your Experience
To ensure you have the best possible experience, we offer participants of our Exchange program the opportunity to request a state or to pick between an urban or rural environment. This upgrade is available for a fee.
Local Coordinators (LCs)
LCs are available for the duration of your program to help you integrate into your host community and succeed at your host school. They act as mentor, ambassador, facilitator, troubleshooter, and friend.
24/7 Multilingual Support
Not only does our professionally trained staff speak your language, but they’re available by phone around the clock for emergency support.
Supportive Host Family
Host families are carefully selected to be both cultural ambassadors and surrogate parents. As such, you can rely on them to help you adjust and succeed.
Eligibility And Expenses
There are a few simple requirements you need to meet in order to study in the United States with CIEE:
Be between 15 to 18½ years old, and enrolled in high school in your home country
Have basic practical skills in both spoken and written English
Have completed at least three years of English instruction
Have not failed a year of school or an English language course in the past three years
View additional rules and policies.
Your program fee includes:
Basic living expenses
Travel health insurance
What’s not included:
Our program fee is all-inclusive in the sense that it covers your necessities, as listed above. However, personal expenses – shopping, going to the movies, or having a meal with friends – are not covered. Plan for a minimum of $125 to $250 per month.
Need funding? Learn more about our grant opportunities.