Global Student Services of America
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Provisional
Countries Served: China, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 12 semester or year inbound
Global Student Services of America is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding between people from around the world. It is Global Student Services of America’s philosophy that greater understanding and tolerance of others develops through interaction on a personal level. Youth Exchange Program Global Student Services of America offers a Middle and high school academic year program, inbound and outbound, and the short-term homestay programs.
Global Student Services of America 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 every month. Area coordinators also submit monthly reports.
Academic Year Program - United States—International students ages 12 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 Global Student Services of America 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.