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About Our Program

We are a a NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, started with the belief that one by one, we all can make a difference in the world. We offer a Student Exchange Program with something very special !

 

Our exchange programs are staffed by committed volunteers, provide the opportunity for almost 25,000 young people each year to spend an academic year abroad for little more than the cost of airfare. The information in this page provides a starting point for exploring the benefits of high quality, low cost student exchanges organized by EEE-YFU.

Our Program enables qualified High School and university exchange students,, between the ages of 12-22, the unique opportunity to live with an American Host Family while attending a local high school for a full or half school year.

Students come from around the world, including Australia, Europe, South America, Scandinavia, and Asia. Students are selected based on their Academic and English proficiencies and are screened in their home country prior to being selected, to insure that they possess the necessary skill levels for a successful exchange.

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Benefit

Student exchange programs, both foreign and domestic, provide college and university students with opportunities that they simply could not get anywhere else. Whether students want to travel in order to earn credits, broaden their horizons or experience a new culture, there are plenty of benefits to be had.

Educational Benefits

One of the primary reasons why students choose to participate in student exchange programs is for the learning opportunities they provide. Aside from simply earning credits in basic subjects, these students also become acceptant of alternative ways to learn. These students learn to analyze the things around them in a constructive manner and learn how to solve problems on their own.

Long-Term Benefits

Although an exchange program is typically only a semester or a single academic year in length, students who participate in them learn skills that will stay with them impact them for the rest of their lives. Once the student has finished their college education and is actively seeking employment, there is no doubt that employers will look favorably upon students who have travelled cross-country.

Personalized Learning

Because students must meet certain requirements before they are able to participate in exchange programs, their ability to choose locations and courses that suit their personal needs is a huge asset. These students are able to learn about the things that interest them the most in new and exciting ways, all the while earning credits that can be transferred to their home school.

How To Participate?

Check Availability

Before a student can apply for an exchange program, they must first ensure that the school they are attending participates in these programs. Different schools participate in different programs, so students should be sure to ask their guidance counselors or admissions officers for more information to review with their parents or guardians. Some programs focus almost solely upon academics, but others are tailored to cultural diversity.

Preparation

The next step in becoming an exchange program participant is preparing for acceptance into the program. The general requirements are very much the same for most programs; students are required to demonstrate outstanding grade point averages, a true desire to become more involved with and learn about different cultures, a basic understanding of the language spoken in the host country and a willingness to be flexible in unfamiliar situations.

Fill out the Application

The actual application associated with an exchange program will vary quite a bit, but all of them require specific information. Students will need to provide their names, ages, addresses and the proper documentation to support them; foreign exchange candidates must also possess passports. Also, most exchange programs ask students to write an essay that describes why they are interested in becoming an exchange student.

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“We drove to my host mom's house to stay the night. Their house was in the country on hundreds of acres of vineyard! The house was built in 1865, a very traditional French home. We took a walk around the small town and ate grapes from the vines, the view was amazing, I felt like I was in a postcard! Sorry if my report is long, there is no way to explain everything .”
Ashley Cronin
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“I can't express how much I loved my year in the US. I learned things that I wouldn't learn in a book, I made friends from all around the world. Of course I had my hard times, but that made me grow and realize that the world is not easy but I can make it, like I did in my exchange year!!!! And it was great!!! Now I'm the new president of my city. And I'm helping all the outbounds, inbounds and families.
Cloyd Harvey
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