Dear Educators,

Today, not only parents, but governments, businesses, and industries are depending upon America's high schools to ensure that their graduates are internationally aware and interculturally competent and prepared to participate effectively in today's diverse workplace and global marketplace. The stakes are high, as our nation's security and standing in the world are riding upon our schools' ability to prepare students to be citizens of the world. These demands are pervasive in every sector of society and international youth exchange programs can help your school meet these challenges.


To take advantage of the benefits of having international exchange students contribute to your school community, schools only need to open their doors to hosting and consider how to support and accredit the experiences of young Americans who go abroad. If you have any questions, CSIET is here to help.

U.S. Visas

Information on visas that an exchange student coming to the United States might have, as well as information about SEVIS, the U.S. government's database for tracking exchange students.

Click here to learn more about the J-1 visa Federal Regulations.

Click here to learn more about the F -1 visa Federal Regulations.

SEVP's Study in the States Guide

Click here to learn more about short-term Exchange Visitor Visas.


How Exchange Programs Operate

Details about how International Youth Exchange Programs go about recruiting schools, students, and host families, and monitoring students during their stay.

Find Which Programs are Operating in your Community

Database of State and Local Policies

Current school resources and information listed by State.

Model School Policies

Inbound Model School Policy

Outbound Model School Policy

CSIET member schools and exchange programs have worked together to design these documents to guide schools as they set their own policies on international youth exchange.


Administering Youth Exchange: Guide on International Student Exchange

A resource tool for U.S. high schools that work--or are interested in working with international youth exchange programs.

For a free downloadable copy, please click here to access the "Members Only" section.

USDE Guidance

Information about exchanges that has been provided by the U.S. Department of Education.


Grade Convalidation Forms

Obtaining Academic Credit - U.S. School Form

Obtaining Academic Credit - Host School Form

Useful Links



National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange

Educational Resources

Foreign Credits- Classbase

Free web site explaining educational systems worldwide - including grading systems.