International Cultural Exchange Service
Galleria Corporate Center, Building 16
375 N. Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89014-8710
Phone: 434-993-1973 or (toll-free) 800-344-3566
Contact: Bonnie Gunter, National Director of Student Services
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Full
Countries Served: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of PRC, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau Special Administrative Region of PRC, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 1275 semester or year inbound (1165 J-1 inbound; 110 F-1 inbound)
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1991
International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world for over a quarter of a century. ICES provides a quality program by maintaining a caring and compassionate staff, many whom have been employed by ICES since its inception. ICES has 18 Regional Directors, with each region managed by a Director in the following departments: Placement, Student Services, Compliance, Marketing, Training, and Recruitment.
ICES local coordinators are dedicated to making the exchange experience a positive one for the student, host family, and high school. They provide orientations, counseling, and bi-monthly group activities for students and host families, and they work closely with local high schools to ensure the best possible experience for all parties.
ICES students are screened for emotional and intellectual maturity, English ability, and academic achievement. All ICES students must maintain appropriate grades and demonstrate a commitment to their course work while in the United States. ICES ensures that each student possesses an exemplary character, flexibility, and curiosity before being chosen to participate in the ICES program.
Inbound Academic Year Program—Foreign exchange students ages 15 to 18½ travel to the United States for ten months, during which time they live with a fully vetted and approved host family and attend a local high school. In addition to a pre-departure orientation, all ICES students are requested to attend a three-day orientation in New York or Los Angeles upon arriving in the United States and a local orientation in their host communities. Cost to participants is $5,000 to $8,000 for an academic year, including insurance. Transportation and personal expenses are additional.
Inbound Academic Semester Program—Foreign exchange students ages 15 to 18½ travel to the United States for five months, during which time they live with a fully vetted and approved host family and attend a local high school. In addition to a pre-departure orientation students are requested to attend a three-day orientation in New York or Los Angeles upon arriving in the United States and a local orientation in their host communities. Cost to participants for an academic semester is $4,000 to $7,000, including insurance. Transportation and personal expenses are additional.