Who We Are 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) is to evaluate and certify long-term international student exchange programs at the secondary level. CSIET accredits only those programs that demonstrate:

  • Commitment to CSIET’s Standards of Excellence;
  • Engagement in the development and sharing of Community Preferred Practices;and
  • Advancement of the educational value of international student exchange.

CSIET’s purpose is to cultivate excellence, to facilitate a spirit of cooperation and support, and to help ensure safety and value for international exchange students, secondary schools, host families and natural parents.

CSIET Board Statement on the Benefits of Youth Exchange 


2015-2018 Strategic Plan:

In June, 2015, the CSIET Board of Directors finalized the 2015-2018 CSIET Strategic Plan. Click here to download the document: 2015-2018 CSIET Strategic Plan


A Brief History of CSIET:

In 1982, the President's International Youth Exchange Initiative encouraged schools and communities to embrace international youth exchange.  As sensitivity toward exchange increased, educators and administrators of exchange programs began to recognize the need for a means of monitoring performance in the international youth exchange industry.

As a result, the International Youth Exchange Office of the United States Information Agency (now the United States Department of State) commissioned a study by the Council of Chief State School Officers.  The study revealed that the lack of industry-wide standards made many school systems uncertain about the quality of exchange programs and reluctant to encourage participation.  Prompt action by the private sector was recommended.

In response, representatives of education and exchange communities gathered to develop industry standards and implement a system of program evaluation.  The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel was created to uphold the standards and monitor exchange programs in December of 1984.


Support CSIET:

Help CSIET achieve our mission of promoting the importance of international student exchange. Your support translates into a powerful message to lawmakers, policymakers and decision makers at federal, state, and local levels. Please contribute to our Annual Fund.