Our Standards:

CSIET Standards for International Educational Travel Programs

The CSIET Long-Term, Inbound Standards apply to for-profit and not-for-profit programs, conducting academic semester and year-long exchange programs for high school students from foreign countries coming to the United States. The CSIET Short-Term Guidelines are for reference for organizations, conducting Summer, Spring and Fall Short-Term programs for both inbound and outbound students.

Note: For Long-Term Outbound activity, please reference the Long-Term, Inbound Standards along with the following supplemental guideline:

  • Outbound Student Registry: Programs must register U.S. students traveling abroad with the U.S. consulate or embassy.

To view the specific Long-Term, Inbound Standards, please click here!

To view the specific Short-Term Guidelines, please click here!



In response to the increased compliance oversight and regulatory enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of State, CSIET has revamped its evaluation process and only accepts complaints regarding parts of CSIET Standards that are not part of U.S. Federal Regulation (22 CFR 62.25). These specifically include athletic participation/eligibility issues, promotional materials, or outbound programs from the United States. If your concern does not include these program areas, you may wish to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of State.

CSIET does accept complaints regarding its F-1 and Outbound listed programs.  We do not accept anonymous complaints.  If requested, we will refrain from revealing the source of the complaint, unless doing so is necessary for the resolution of the issue.  

Note: CSIET does not intervene on behalf of complainants for the purpose of conflict resolution.

Complaints must be sent in written form.  In all cases, complaints must cite the standard related to the complaint.  Click the botton below to complete and submit a complaint form.