J-1 CSIET Listed Program
Youth Exchange Program X
1234 Fake Street
Anytown, AA 12345
Contact: John Doe, Director
2016-2017 CSIET Listing Status: Full Listing
Countries Served: China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, United States
Number of 2015-2016 Participants: 50 (50 semester or year inbound)
Grant Programs: (for J-1 only)
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1986
Youth Exchange Program X is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding between people from around the world. It is the Youth Exchange Program X philosophy that greater understanding and tolerance of others develops through interaction on a personal level. Youth Exchange Program X offers a high school academic year program, inbound and outbound, and the short-term homestay programs.
Youth Exchange Program X operates through a network of area coordinators throughout the United States who provide support on a local level. Coordinators interview and screen host families and supervise the program during the students' stay. Area coordinators, as well as all parties concerned, are required to submit progress reports three times a year. Area coordinators also submit monthly reports.
Academic Year Program - United States—International students ages 15 to 18 travel to the United States, attend school for one semester or ten months, and live with a U.S. host family. Students must complete an application in English, pass the ELTiS (English Language Test for International Students) language proficiency test, submit transcripts indicating above-average grades, and write an autobiographical essay. Students and parents are interviewed prior to acceptance. Students are encouraged to take English, U.S. history, and geography classes at their high school prior to departure. Upon acceptance, students are required to attend several orientations. The orientations, which are conducted in January and March, address issues such as American culture, English language, program rules, and how to make the most of the U.S. high school experience.
In addition, most Youth Exchange Program X students are required to attend an intensive U.S. orientation course in the United States prior to their arrival in the host community. The primary focus of the course is to acclimate students to U.S. culture, review program policies procedures and safety, and prepare them for their academic year stay.
Host families are encouraged to review several students' applications before selecting the student who would most appropriately match their family's lifestyle and interests. Cost to participants is $3,000 to $4,200, excluding transportation, insurance, and personal expenses.