P. O. Box 285
Reedville, VA 22539
Contact: Irene D. Seigler, President
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Full
Countries Served: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Honduras, Latvia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Norway, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 5 semester or year inbound
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1993
American Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc. (AACE) was founded on the premise that positive personal experience helps dissolve divisive geographical, cultural, and political barriers, leading to greater human understanding and world peace. AACE provides opportunities for youth from many countries around the world to live with a host family in the United States while attending high school. Conversely, other high school students from the United States live with host families and attend schools abroad. AACE believes that the enduring bonds that develop help bring the many diverse cultures of our world closer together into one global community.
AACE was founded with the expressed purpose of offering a premier individualized and personal service to students, host families, and host schools. It can do this because it only focuses on a small numbers of students exclusively. A vital part of the experience that AACE considers to be of prime important is academic achievement. This organization provides academic opportunities through public and private school placements throughout the U.S.
The AACE staff is personally and actively involved in carefully selecting and representing outstanding students who are well prepared for a successful exchange year in schools and with their host families. As a fully engaged organization with high standards, it conscientiously selects and totally orients students and host families. Students receive their orientations prior to departure from their native countries and again upon arrival in the U.S. alongside their host parents.
Founded by experienced educators who understand school and student needs, this organization provides close professional support to teachers, administrators and staff and believes that the exchange year is an exciting learning process for all concerned. The exchange program is a wonderful opportunity for the student to share his or her wealth of personal knowledge and experience and be an educational resource in the school. AACE encourages this return on the investment to the school for providing this educational opportunity and promotes these student contributions.
The entire staff of AACE, beginning with the personally involved officers and directors, is committed to insuring that each student, family, and school involved with the exchange process has the optimal opportunity for a pleasant, educational, and rewarding experience. Students are placed only in localities and states where professionally trained and experienced AACE representatives are available. This organization places high priority on frequent and close communications with the family, school, student, and organizations involved.
AACE requires that all applicants desiring to come to the U.S. successfully pass the English language proficiency test, which measures both written and verbal comprehensive and knowledge of English. Successful applicants must also demonstrate progressive strong academic achievement and provide teacher recommendations.
School Year Abroad Program—U.S. students ages 15 to 18 travel abroad for ten months, during which time they live with a host family and attend school. Orientation and counseling are provided before departure and after arrival in the host country.
School Year Program in the United States—foreign students ages 15 to 18 live with a host family and attend school for the academic year. Orientations and supervision are provided. English proficiency, academic success, and teacher recommendations are required.
For additional information on AACE, surf the website or call and talk directly with one of our officers to find out about students participating, placement locations, schools, families, and costs.