United Cultural Exchange USA (UCEUS)
1042 N. Mountain Avenue
Upland, CA 91786
Phone: (909)-946-6138 Toll Free: (800)-792-2461
Contact: Shana Wentzell, President & International Director
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Provisional
Countries Served: Bolivia, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Spain
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 16 semester or year inbound
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 2015
Our Mission is to foster the international relationships between the youth of countries from around the world in a philanthropic organization committed to cultural exchange, community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.
The Purpose of UCEUS is to provide opportunities for students to become involved in global community service and to also enjoy their international relationships they develop in educational and cultural activities.
UCEUS students who indicate an interest in and commitment to global cultural exchange, community service, leadership development and cultural experiences, our organization strengthens the international relationships through this involvement. UCEUS Teams are responsible, dedicated, skilled volunteers actively engaged in local communities.
UCEUS is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding between people from around the world. It is the UCEUS philosophy that greater understanding and tolerance of others develops through interaction on a personal level. UCEUS offers a high school academic year program, inbound and outbound, and the short-term homestay programs
UCEUS 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 all our programs 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.
The UCEUS year abroad experience strives to provide the opportunities for each student to know the joy of cultural exchange, helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness and to make friends while sharing and participating in these activities.
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. Academic Year
In addition, most UCEUS 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.