2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Provisional
Countries Served: Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Austria
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 32 semester or year inbound
ExchangeMate USA is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding between people from around the world. ExchangeMate USA strives to provide international students with a high quality education in the United States, experiencing the American culture in a safe and loving environment. ExchangeMate USA offers a high school academic semester and year program in both Public and Private Schools, College Placement, Winter and Summer Camps and short-term homestay placements for international students.
ExchangeMate USA 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 monthly reports for every student and host family.
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 by international agents in their home country prior to acceptance in the program. 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 pre-departure orientations organized by international agents.
In addition, all ExchangeMate USA students are required to attend an intensive arrival orientation in the United States prior to their arrival in the host community. The primary focus of the orientation is to acclimate students to U.S. culture, review program policies and safety procedures, and prepare them for their academic year stay.
ExchangeMate USA will review host families and students’ applications and will match students with the most appropriate host family, taking into consideration their lifestyle and interests. ExchangeMate USA provides international agents with a NET program fee per location where the High School Program is offered. The High School NET Fee for Public schools varies from $11300 to $18600 per semester program and $17900 to $29950 per year program, excluding transportation, insurance, and personal expenses.