Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG)

950 Trade Centre Way, Suite 220
Portage, MI 49002
Phone: 269-459-8883 or 800-942-3524
Fax: 269-459-8887
Contact: Windy Solis, Compliance Officer

2019-2020 CSIET Certification Status: Full
Countries Served: Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam
Number of 2018-2019 Participants: 428 Semester or Year Inbound (314 J-1 Inbound; 114 F-1 Inbound)
Grant Programs: CBYX program
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1989

Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) promotes global understanding through exchanges, homestays, and travel. Programs facilitate self-development, for both exchange students and Americans, in the areas of problem solving, diplomacy, conflict resolution, cultural awareness, trust of self and others, respect for different views, and academics.

FLAG recognizes international exchange as one of the most important and impactful diplomatic initiatives for the U.S. and other nations around the world. FLAG is committed to excellence in support throughout the entire exchange experience to ensure all partners, students, host families, schools, and communities achieve goals and objectives established for each program.

Participant selection for the Academic Year Program includes personal interviews and evaluation of English language proficiency, academic standing, and maturity. Orientation includes an average of four sessions in the home country prior to departure, plus a comprehensive orientation shortly after arrival in the United States and after students have already spent some time in their host family/community. The central office and local coordinators maintain contact with students, host families, and schools throughout the program.

FLAGship (J1 visa)—Foreign students ages 15 to 18 live with a U.S. host family and attend school for one academic semester or year. The program includes pre-departure orientation meetings, a four-day arrival orientation weekend, and personal assistance throughout the participant’s stay. Cost to participants is $6,000 to $8,500, including insurance, but excluding transportation and personal expenses. Additional administrative fees may be charged by overseas agents.

FLAG One (F1 visa) – Foreign students live with a U.S. host family and attend a private or public school for an academic semester or year(s). The program includes pre/post arrival orientation meetings, enrollment in selected schools, and personal assistance throughout the stay. Cost to participants is $4,900 to $7,000, including insurance, but excluding transportation, personal expenses, and school tuition. Optional services also include extended two-week arrival orientation camp, chaperoned college visits, individual tutoring, ESL support, and for-credit summer school opportunities.