Kategoriarkiv: J-1 students

USA: Regulations

§ Sec. 62. 25 Secondary school students.

(d) Program administration: (10) Refrain, without exception, from acting as: (i) Both a host family and a local coordinator or area supervisor for an exchange student;

USA: DofS: Questions potential host-families MUST be asked

Title 22: Foreign Relations

Appendix F to Part 62—Information To Be Collected on Secondary School Student Host Family Applications

Basic Family Information:

a. Host Family Member—Full name and relationship (children and adults) either living full-time or part-time in the home or who frequently stay at the home)

b. Date of Birth (DOB) of all family members

c. Street Address

d. Contact information (telephone; e-mail address) of host parents

e. Employment—employer name, job title, and point of contact for each working resident of the home

f. Is the residence the site of a functioning business? (e.g., daycare, farm)

g. Description of each household member (e.g., level of education, profession, interests, community involvement, and relevant behavioral or other characteristics of such household members that could affect the successful integration of the exchange visitor into the household)

h. Has any member of your household ever been charged with any crime?

Household Pets:

a. Number of Pets

b. Type of Pets

Financial Resources:

a. Average Annual Income Range: Less than $25,000; $25,000-$35,000; $35,000-$45,000; $45,000-$55,000; $55,000-$65,000; $65,000-$75,000; and $75,000 and above. Note: The form must include a statement stating that: “The income data collected will be used solely for the purposes of ensuring that the basic needs of the exchange students can be met, including three quality meals and transportation to and from school activities”

b. Describe if anyone residing in the home receives any kind of public assistance (financial needs-based government subsidies for food or housing)

c. Identify those personal expenses expected to be covered by the student


a. Does anyone in the family follow any dietary restrictions? (Y/N)

If yes, describe:

b. Do you expect the student to follow any dietary restrictions? (Y/N)

If yes, describe:

c. Would you feel comfortable hosting a student who follows a particular dietary restriction (ex. Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.)? (Y/N)

d. Would the family provide three (3) square meals daily?

High School Information:

a. Name and address of school (private or public school)

b. Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of school official

c. Approximate size of the school student body

d. Approximate distance between the school and your home

e. Approximate start date of the school year

f. How will the exchange student get to the school (e.g. bus, carpool, walk)?

g. Would the family provide special transportation for extracurricular activities after school or in the evenings, if required?

h. Which, if any, of your family’s children, presently attend the school in which the exchange visitor is enrolled?

If applicable list sports/clubs/activities, if any, your child(ren) participate(s) in at the school

i. Does any member of your household work for the high school in a coaching/teaching/or administrative capacity?

j. Has any member of your household had contact with a coach regarding the hosting of an exchange student with particular athletic ability?

If yes, please describe the contact and sport.

Community Information:

a. In what type of community do you live (e.g.: Urban, Suburban, Rural, Farm)

b. Population of community

c. Nearest Major City (Distance and population)

d. Nearest Airport (Distance)

e. City or town website

f. Briefly describe your neighborhood and community

g. What points of interest are near your area (parks, museums, historical sites)?

h. Areas in or near neighborhood to be avoided?

Home Description:

a. Describe your type of home (e.g., single family home, condominium, duplex, apartment, mobile home) and include photographs of the host family home’s exterior and grounds, kitchen, student’s bedroom, student’s bathroom, and family and living areas.

b. Describe Primary Rooms and Bedrooms

c. Number of Bathrooms

d. Will the exchange student share a bedroom? (Y/N)

If yes, with which household resident?

e. Describe the student’s bedroom

f. Describe amenities to which the student has access

g. Utilities

Family Activities:

a. Language spoken in home

b. Please describe activities and/or sports each family member participates in: (e.g., camping, hiking, dance, crafts, debate, drama, art, music, reading, soccer, baseball, horseback riding)

c. Describe your expectations regarding the responsibilities and behavior of the student while in your home (e.g., homework, household chores, curfew (school night and weekend), access to refrigerator and food, drinking of alcoholic beverages, driving, smoking, computer/Internet/E-Mail)

Would you be willing voluntarily to inform the exchange visitor in advance of any religious affiliations of household members? (Y/N)

Would any member of the household have difficulty hosting a student whose religious beliefs were different from their own? (Y/N) Note: A host family may want the exchange visitor to attend one or more religious services or programs with the family. The exchange visitor cannot be required to do so, but may decide to experience this facet of U.S. culture at his or her discretion.

How did you learn about being a host family?


[75 FR 65984, Oct. 27, 2010]

Link to stories about host-families who thought it OK to do missionary work

Girl converting to Mormonism while exchange student

Spreading Christianity on the Sly: Chinese Students in U.S. Get Unexpected ‘Bonus’ of Church Teachings

Chinese Atheists Lured to Find Jesus at U.S. Christian Schools

Polish Exchange Student in US: My Half-Year of Hell With Christian Fundamentalists

Theres an atheist exchange student from North Korea in my class how can i convert her to god?

Exposing the Blind Side: A Reverted Catholic Looks Back

Does anyone have an opinion/scripture about taking in Foreign exchange students of a different faith?

Exchange student accepts Christ, disowned by family

Become a foreign missionary in your own home

Become a foreign missionary in your own home

Exchange student from Finland converted to Mormonism

Exchange student brought to Christ

Baptist families view exchange student hosting as ministry

Should I intervene with missionary efforts

Three exchange students baptized

Wayne Chen: Foreign Exchange Student baptism

German exchange student baptized before return

I baptized an exchange student from another country

by God’s grace I ended up living in Greenville

Chinese girl will be baptized in June

Exchange student from Monique baptized

Missionary lessons to German exchange student

Russian student baptized

Korean exchange student commits to Christ

USA: Reguleringer kan føre til dårlige vertshjem

SEVIS bildeDet finnes mange grunner til at utvekslingselever våre havner  i dårlige familier i USA. En av disse årsakene er byråkratisk og muligens unik for USA.

Den enkelte utvekslingsorganisasjon i USA får tildelt et visst antall utvekslingselever det har lov til å plassere. Dette skjer via  SEVIS visa hvert år. Om ikke hele antallet man har fått tildelt blir plassert, vil antallet elever man har rett til å plasseres reduseres til det antallet man fant vertshjem til det inneværende året. Det overskytende antallet utvekslingselevet blir tildelt et annet firma.

Med SEVIS kvoten følger det en viss sum per utvekslingselev plassert. Det betyr da at utvekslingsorganisasjonen taper deler av tilskuddet sitt det neste året.

Motivet til utvekslingsorganisasjonene blir da IKKE å gi eleven den best mulige familien, men å fylle opp SEVIS kvoten sin. Hvert visum betyr penger i kassen for utvekslingsorganisasjonen. Å jukse litt blir enklere å forsvare for de representantene som har lett for sånt – som Becky Sanderson (Forte International Exchange Association) som nå har 45 saker mot seg hos State Department. Hun plasserer elever hos alle mulige familier og forteller sine lokalrepresentanter at de skal godkjenne familier som strengt tatt ikke burde være godkjente – sånn som i saken til M.

USA: CSIET approved exchange programs (2015/2016)

«Listing is neither an endorsement of an organization nor a guarantee of the quality of its programs. In addition, listing by CSIET does not suggest that only listed organizations are legitimate.» (CSIET)

What this means, is that although these firms have paid to be on CSIET’s list over approved firms, CSIET does not take responsibility for having the exchange firms in their «club».  However CSIET also state in their application form that:

«If the applicant is found to be in compliance with the Council’s standards, it is accepted for listing. This entitles the applicant to publicize the fact that its programs are conducted in accordance with the published standards. (CSIET

The main difference between J-1 programs and F-1 programs is the price. In addition, regulations differ. F-1 programs have fewer regulations guiding them but provide access to practical educations. F-1 programs pay the host-family and schools fees. A student does NOT need to be part of a student exchange program to get their F-1 visa (unlike the J-1 visa). The US Department of State lists its J-1 approved programs here. JVisas@state.gov

AACE – American Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc.

PO Box 285, Reedville, VA 22539
Phone: (804) 453-9070

  • Irene Seigler, President: aaceiseigler@comcast.net / seigler@ix.netcom.com

Listing status: Provisional
J-1 students

AACEA: Asian American Cultural Exchange Association (WHUB8FN: 2009)

1617 Brentwood Road Bensalem, PA 19020.
Phone: 267-303-4442

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

ACES: American Cultural Exchange Service / ACE Language Institute (C2803679: 2005)

1 Lake Bellevue, Ste. 200, Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425-453-2237 or 800-661-2237

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

ACIE – American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, Inc. (CA: C2944281: 2006 / DC: 891314)

1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-7522 / Emergency: 1-800-621-9559

  • inbound@americancouncils.org / general@americancouncils.org / info@americancouncils.org – www.americancouncils.org
  • Dan E. Davidson, President: ddavidson@americancouncils.org
  • Lisa Choate, Executive Vice-President: choate@americancouncils.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

AFICE: Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (C2299827: 2003)

7242 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-455-0302

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • Secondary School Student Letter of Reprimand
  • Violated regulations relating to, e.g., host family screening and selection, school enrollment, and SEVIS recordkeeping. 11/23/10

AFS-USA, Inc. (NY: 853110)

120 Wall St New York, NY 10005 USA
Phone: +1.212.807.8686 / 1-800-876-2376

  • www.afsusa.org
  • afsinfo@afsusa.org / hotline@afsusa.org
  • Jorge Castro, Partner/President: jcastro@afsusa.org
  • Kristen Bates, Chief Programs Officer: kbates@afsusa.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010:  Letter of Reprimand/Corrective action plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve SEVIS recordkeeping.
  2. januar 2013: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family application and selection
  3. Glassdoor employee reviews

AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study) Foundation – AYA: Academic Year in America (For-profit) (CT: 0020554: 1967 / CT: 0002034: 1973)

Potential area of conflict: One of AIFS/AYA’s subsidiaries is the insurance company Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), http://www.culturalinsurance.com/


1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (866) 906 2437 / (203) 399 5000

  • info@aifs.com – http://aifs.com/
  • Melanie French, President & Director: mfrench@aifs.org
  • William L Gertz, President & CEO: wgertz@aifs.com


1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 800-322-4678

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

AHLI – American Home Life International (PA: 2069787: 1991)

Christian mission

2137 Embassy Drive, Suite 202; Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-560-2840

  • amhomelife@amhomelife.org / www.amhomelife.org
  • Deborah Siegrist, Administrator Admissions: deborahs@amhomelife.org
  • Keith E. Mayer, CEO: keithm@amhomelife.org

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

AHN-USA: American Homestay Network

8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 888-268-1903 / Fax: 925-396-7063

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visum

AHS: American Homestay Services

5877 Commerce Street, room 116 , Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 1-412-567-8617

  •  info@homestaynet.us / homestaynet.us
  • Andrew Hang Chen, President: andrew.chen@homestaynet.us

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visum

AIEP: Apex International Education Partners (CT: 1038929: 2011)

51 Depot Street, Suite 211, Watertown, CT 06795
Phone: 203-992-2437

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa

AISE-YL: Amicus International Student Exchange – Young Life / The Young Life Campaign (Non-profit) (TX: 0008104801: 1941)

Christian mission

420 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 877-438-9572 / Fax: 719-381-1750

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

Ameristudent LLC (CA 201427910449: 2014)

9261 Jordan Ave, Chatsworth CA 91311
Phone: 877-385-8425

  • connect@ameristudent.com
  • Robert Chevalier: CEO: robert@ameristudent.com
  • David Westgate: International Director:

Listing: Provisional
F-1 Visum

(Kaplan) Aspect Foundation (CA: C1265653: 1985 / WA: 601403559: 2009)

211 Sutter Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-228-8050 / Emergency: 1-800-US-YOUTH

  • exchange@aspectfoundation.org – info@aspectfoundation.org – http://www.aspectfoundation.org/
  • Donita Zblewski, Regional Director: donita.zblewski@aspectfoundation.org
  • Vivian Fearen, President CA: vivian.fearen@aspectfoundation.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

ASSE International, Inc.  (CA: C0780437: 1976)

228 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494 4100 / Emergency: 1-800-333-3802

  • info@asse.com / needhelpnow@asse.com / asseusawest@asse.com / asseusasouth@asse.com / asseusamidwest@asse.com / asseusaeast@asse.com /
  • www.asse.com
  • Bill (William) Gustafson, President and CEO: wgustafson@asse.com – Bill@asse.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

ASSIST: American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (NH: 122328: 1987)

P. O. Box 969
Suite 217 – Suffield Village, 68 Bridge Street, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: (860) 668-5706

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

ATAD: Association for Teen-Age Diplomats, Inc (NY 77263: 1951)

212 Fitzhugh Street S, Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: 585 872 2916

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visum

AYUSA International (subsidiary of Intrax, Inc. CA: C1115919: 1982)

600 California Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-434-1212 or (toll-free) 800-727-4540 / 888.552.9872

  • studentsupport@ayusa.org / info@ayusa.org – www.ayusa.org
  • Sherry Carpenter, Executive Director: scarpenter@ayusa.org

AYUSA Germany: info@ayusa-germany.de | John Wilhelm, President
AYUSA Japan: info@ayusajapan.org | Takeshi Yokota, Vice President

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visum

  • Letter of Reprimand Corrective Action Plan / Violated regulations relating to, e.g., host family screening and selection, school enrollment, and SEVIS recordkeeping. 11/23/10
  • Anderson v. Intrax, Inc. et al

Azumano International / Japonica Inc. / CI Travel (OR: 272935-88: 1991)

320 SW Stark, Ste. 506, Portland, OR 97204
OR: (503) 294-6488 / WA: (206) 623-7060

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

CASE: Cultural Academic Student Exchange (NJ: 0100387842: 1988)

112 Squire Hill Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 800-458-8336 / Phone: 201-773-8299

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

CAW: Children Around the World (KS: 0914564: 1985)

521 Herschel Rd; Wichita, KS
Phone: 316-641-0005

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

CCI Greenheart (Center for Cultural Interchange) – Greenheart International (IL: 601398923: 1992)

712 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-944-2544 or 800-634-4771

746 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL, 60654
Tel: 312-944-2544 /Toll-free ( in the U.S. ): 866-CCI-0061

  • www.cci-exchange.com / http://www.greenheart.info/
  • greenheart@cci-exchange.org / contact@cci-exchange.org
  • Megan Bhati, Director J-1: mbhatia@cci-exchange.org
  • Juliet Jones, Program Director F-1: jjones@ccigreenheart.org
  • Gwen Vitzthum J-1/F-1: gvitzthum@ccigreenheart.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

Explorius Education (CETI, CETUSA, Educatius)

CET International / Subsidiary of Explorius Education

110 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: +1.949.940.1140 / Toll-Free: 1.888.423-887

Listing status – Full
F-1 Visa

CETUSA: Council for Educational Travel, USA (CA: C1760860: 1995) / Subsidiary of Explorius Education

678 Front Avenue NW, Suite 091A, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-365-9940 / Toll-Free: 888-238-8721

  • highschool@cetusa.org – http://www.cetusa.org/
  • Terry Watson, CEO: terry@cetusa.org
  • Peg Spoelstra, Program Director: peg@cetusa.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

    • 1st january 2012: Notice of Intent to Deny Redesignation Application; Sponsor Withdrawal from Program: Inappropriate use of the Exchange Visitor Program; Disregard of health, safety, and welfare of participants; Inadequate SEVIS recordkeeping (Summer Work Program)
    • 2nd february 2013: Letter of Reprimand: Failure promptly to notify the Department of litigation (Summer Work Program)
    • Council for Educational Travel, USA v. International Student Exchange Program et al
Educatius, Inc (DE: 4641887) (Subsidiary of Explorius Education)

22 Batterymarch St., Boston, MA 02109 USA
Phone: +1 617 292 0035

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visa

CHI: Cultural Homestay International (CA: C0812697: 1977)

104 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: 415-459-5397 / 1-800-432-4643

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, Inc.  (PA: 2051986: 1991)

300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 1.800.40.STUDY or 1.207.553.4000 / Fax: 1.207.553.4299

  • www.ciee.org/highschool
  • highschool@ciee.org / contact@ciee.org
  • Penny Alexander (Africa and Australia) : palexander@ciee.org
  • Janine el Tal (Middle-East, North-Africa & South-Asia): jeltal@ciee.org
  • Caroline Maas (Northern Europe): cmaas@ciee.org
  • Clara Rodes (Southern Europe): crodes@ciee.org
  • Craig Hastings (Latin America & Caribbean): chastings@ciee.org
  • Colin Bezenar (Asia): cbezenar@ciee.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa / F-1 Visa

CIIE: The Cambridge Institute of International Education

Phone: 781-996-0400

Listing Status: Provisional
F1 Visum

GPH: Green Planet Homestays (subsidiary of CIIE) (MA: 001050720: 2011)

1025 Main Street, Floor 3, Waltham, MA, 02451
Phone: 781-996-0429


Address: 161 Harvard Ave. Suite #13A, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: 617-254-1117 / 国语:+86 13701002798

  • Email: contact@eduboston.com
  • eduboston.com

Listing status: Full
F-1 visa

EF Education First, Inc / EF High School Year (CA: C1301690: 1984)

Potential area of conflict: The insurance company EF uses – Erika / Efekta Insurance – is a subsidiary of EF Edcuation.

One Education Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-619-1739 / 800-447-4273

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

EMF: Educational Merit Foundation For Student Exchange (TX: 0120246701: 1991)

6526 Lakecrest Drive, Sachse, TX 75048-5773
Phone: 972-495-3868 or 800-467-8363

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

ERDT Share! (Educational Resource Development Trust)  (CA: C0709510: 1974)

2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 322, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-450-4624 or 800-321-3738

  • info@erdtshare.org – www.erdtshare.org
  • CA: Kelly Jones, President: kjones@erdtshare.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

ETC: Education Travel & Culture, Inc. (OR: 658793-80: 1998)

1029 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-222-9803 / Toll Free: 877-222-9803

  • info@edutrav.org – www.edutrav.org
  • Contact: Jocelyn Oswald: joswald@edutrav.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visum

Glassdoor employee reviews

PSE: Private & Public School F-1 Exchange (OR: 398110-96: 2013) (Subsidiary of ETC)

1029 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 222-9803 / Toll free: (877) 222-9803

  • www.pse-edu.org
  • info@edutrav.org / info@pse-edu.org
  • Contact: Kristina Neiman: kneiman@pse-edu.org

Listing Status: Provisional (2014/2015 – 2015/2016)
F-1 Visa

FACE: The Foundation for Academic Cultural Exchange (CA: C1527695: 1986)

855 Pennsylvania Dr, Reno, NV 89503-3311
Phone: 1-800-447-3105 / 775-624-9143

Listing Status: Provisional
J-1 Visa

F.L.A.G. (Foreign Links Around the Globe) / Beyond / CBYX / FLAGship (MI: 756179: 1989)

950 Trade Centre Way, Suite 303, Portage, MI 49002
Phone: 269-629-0532 or Toll Free: 800-942-3524

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand/Corrective Action Plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve program administration; improve SEVIS recordkeeping

FIEA: Forte International Exchange Association /  A Star Education Institute (Missouri: 00328564: 1989)

7115 Leesburg Pike Suite 217, Falls Church, VA 22043

  • forteexchange@forteusa.org / forte@forteexchange.com / info@forteintl.com
  • www.forteexchange.org
  • Contact: Ava Chen: avac@forteexchange.org
  • Diane Latvala, National Director: dianel@forteexchange.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand/Probation (One Year)/Corrective Action Plan: Improve program administration

FWF: Face The World Foundation (CA: C1830743: 1993)

755 Baywood Drive, Ste 380, Petaluma, Ca 94954-5511
Phone: 707-559-5800 / 800-216-3223

  • info@facetheworld.org – www.facetheworld.org
  • Mary M. Kass, President: mary@facetheworld.org
  • Karen Wagner: karen@facetheworld.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand, Probation (One Year)/Corrective Action Plan/Program Reductions (40% and 10%): Inappropriate host family placement
  2. Lee v. Face the World Foundation et al
  3. 2010 Feb 2: Lawsuit Filed By Buhler Exchange Student Settled

GAPP: German American Partnership Program, Inc. / Goethe Institut e.V. (455151: 1977)

30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Phone: +1 212 439870

  • info@newyork.goethe.org / gapp@newyork.goethe.org
  • www.goethe.de/newyorkhttp://www.goethe.de/
  • Dr. Christoph Bartmann, Executive director: director@newyork.goethe.org
  • Dr. Wenzel Bilger, Program Director North America: bilger@newyork.goethe.org

Listing Status:Full
J1 Visum

Gateway Education USA, Corp (CA: C3424186: 2011)

600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 115, Pasadena, CA 91107

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa

Global Insights Inc. / Global Insights Student Exchange Program Inc. / GLSEP (CA: C2505879: 2003)

1094 Gordon Combs Road, NW, Marietta, GA 30064
Tollfree: 1-888-246-7863 / Direct: 770-514-7346

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

GLSN: Global Language Service Networks, Inc. / Global Interns & Exchange LLC (NY: 3994033: 2010)

9841 Airport Blvd, Suite 410, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 800-310-5386

  • admin@glsn.orgwww.glsn.org
  • Sunny Kang, Managing director: director@glsn.org

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visum

Heritage Student Foundation Inc. (66857816: 2009)

318 Half Day Road Suite 211, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Tel : (847)737-1483 (U.S.)

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

IBG: Ivy Bridge Group, Inc (CT: 0967150: 2009)

3470 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 850, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone:    888-424-4613 (9:00am – 6:00pm EST)

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa

ICES: International Cultural Exchange Services Inc. (GA: K119211: 1991)

5556 Stage Rd., Concord, VA 24538
Phone: 800-832-7913 (USA) / 304-562-4793 /800-344-3566 (USA) / 434-522-8124

  •  www.icesusa.org
  • Contact: Bonnie Gunter: bgunter@icesusa.org
  • John J. Christ: lcrist@icesusa.org
  • John Ices: johnices@aol.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

  1. november 2010:  Letter of Reprimand/Corrective Action Plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve program administration

IEO: International Education Opportunities (PA: 4091162: 2012/PA: 4090818: 2012)

261 Old York Road, Suite 410, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (+1) 901 US Study   (901 877 8839)

  • info@ieopps.com – http://ieopps.com/
  • Peter Schorsch, managing director: peter@ieopps.com

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

iE-USA: International Experience USA (VA: 0577283-5: 2002)

209 South Water Street; Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: 507-301-3613 / Toll Free Number: 888-266-2921

  • info@international-experience.net / usa@international-experience.net
  • usa.international-experience.net/
  • Jodi Lundell, National Director: j.lundell@international-experience.net
  • Joseph Bissell, Regional Director: j.bissell@international-experience.net
  • Darlene Benjamin, AA: d.benjamin@international-experience.net

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa / F-1 Visa

IF: International Fellowship Inc. (NY: 167419: 1957)

Christian mission

P.O. Box 130, Westfield, NY 14787-0130
Phone: 716-326-7277 / Toll Free: 800-647-8839

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

JIES: Joy International Exchange Student, Inc. (PA: 4058913: 2011)

205 Hopkins Ct; North Wales, PA 19454

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

NCSD: Newcomb Central School District (SED Code: 151001040000)

PO Box 418, 5535 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: 518-582-3341

Listing Status: Provisional (2012/2013 to 2015/2016)

F1 Visum

NICE: Next International Cultural Exchange Inc. (PA: 3871362: 2009)

290 Pennbrook Parkway, Lansdale, PA 18914
Phone:   |  Toll Free: 

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

NOD: Nacel Open Door (J1) / NISS: Nacel International (F1) (MN: 33723: 1986)

380 Jackson Street, Ste. 200, St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-686-0080 / 1-800-622-3553

  • www.nacelopendoor.org
  • info@nacelopendoor.org
  • Emily Lemon, J-1: elemon@nacelopendoor.org
  • Gina Robertson, F-1: grobertson@nacelschools.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

NWACE: New World Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc. (DE: 4955132: 2011)

496 Reginald Lane; Collegeville, PA 19426
Phone: 610-831-0998

  • http://www.nwace.org/
  • Brent Smallwood: BrentSmallwood@NWACE.org
  • Donna Marie Bates: DonnaMarieBates@NWACE.org

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum

NWSE: NorthWest Student Exchange (WA: 601047305: 1987)

4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste. 214, Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-527-0917

  • www.nwse.com – nwse@nwse.com
  • Jeffrey Stuart Laband, ED: jlaband@nwse.com
  • Celine Waldmann, International Program: celine@nwse.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand: Improve program administration

NWSPP: NW Services PEACE Program

1415 W. Franklin St., Boise, Idaho 83702 U.S.A.
Phone (208) 345-1021 / Toll Free (888) 976-3977

  • www.nw-services.com
  • Contact: Katie Thimann: katiet@nw-services.com
  • Kimberly Kaiser, Director/President: kimberlynws@aol.com

Listing Status: Full

J1 Visum

  1. mars 2012: Letter of Reprimand: Inappropriate use of advertising and marketing materials

OCEAN: Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations (AZ: 07123155: 1994)

2101 E. Broadway Rd., Suite. 4, Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: 1-888-996-2326 / (480) 907-7285

  • http://ocean-intl.org/
  • info@ocean-intl.org / ocean@ocean-intl.org
  • Contact: Jose DePontes, President or Laura Stahl, Director

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

PaxLaurasian Exchange (PAX and TLI)

PAX – Program of Academic Exchange (NH: 149066: 1990)

14 Willet Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: 914-690-1340 / Toll Free: 800-555-6211

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

TLI: The Laurasian Institution (Subsidiary of PLE) (IL: 56206213: 1990)

12345 Lake City Way NE #151, Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 206-367-2152

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • 1st februar 2012: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family screening, selection, and placement

PLIES: Pacific Link International Educational Services (CA: C1979996: 1997)

1400 E. Angela Blvd. Unit 110, South Bend, Indiana 46617
Phone: (888) 966-0752 / Skype: pacificlinkus

  • pacificlink.us / info@pacificlink.us
  • Lisa Nagle, President: lnagle@pacificlink.us

Listing Status: Provisional
F1 Visum

RHI: Renascentia Hall International, LLC (DE: 4948384: 2011)

700 Barksdale Road, Suite 2, Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-273-2009 / Tollfree: 855-344-5515

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa

RI: Reflections International (WI: R032336: 1997)

32724 State Highway 130, P.O. Box 57, Lone Rock, WI  53556
Phone: 608-583-2412

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


Rotary Districts 5950 and  5960 / North Star Youth Exchange

  • 11251 Red Fox Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Phone: 763-553-1604

Rotary California-Nevada District 5190

  • P.O. Box 3510, Sparks, NV 89432

Rotary Central States Youth Exchange Program (Districts 5580, 6220, 6250, 6270, 6290, 6310, 6330, 6360, 6400, 6420, 6440, 6450, 6460, 6490, 6510, 6540, 6560, and 6580)

  • 467 East Red Pine Circle, Dousman, WI 53118-8831

Rotary Youth Exchange: Empire State (District 7150, 7120, 7170)

  • 10308 Ridgecrest Road; Utica, NY 13502
  • Phone: 315-732-3883

Rotary ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange)

  • 811 West 5th St., Unit 2, Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Phone: 610-277-7553

Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, Inc. (Districts 6890, 6930, 6940, 6950, 6960, 6970, 6980, and 6990)

  • 141 Elmwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32259
  • Phone: 904-673-5566

Rotary Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Program (Districts 6380, 6600, 6630, 6670, 6690, 6740, 6780, 7530, 7670, and 7680)

  • 3157 Halstead Blvd., Jackson MI 49203-2553

Rotary YES/SCANEX (Districts 5000, 5240, 5260, 5280, 5300,  5320, 5330, 5340, 5420, and 5490)

  • 1525 N Crescent Heights Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046

South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (Districts 5500, 5510, 5520, 5610, 5630, 5650, 5670, 5690, 5710, 5730, 5750, 5770, 5790, 5810, 5830, 5840, 5870, 5890, 5910, 5930, 5970, 6000, 6040, 6060, 6080, 6110, 6150, 6190, 6200, 6760, 6800, 6820, 6840, 6860, and 6880)

  • A-TCBY-23A, 425 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201

Western States Student Exchange, Inc.

Districts 5010, 5020, 5030, 5050, 5060, 5100, 5110, 5130, 5150, 5160, 5170, 5180, 5220, 5230, and 5400

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs (WA: 602362806: 2004)

1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2230, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-462-2200 / Toll-free: 800-407-3314

  • exchange@states4h.org
  • Yoko Kawaguchi. President: Yoko@states4h.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

SAI: Student American International (CT: 0532406: 1996)

4325 Dick Pond Road, Unit A, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
Phone: 843-650-2101 / Tollfree: 800-639-0564

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

SMG: Student Management Group

ESI: Exchange Service International / Metro NY, Inc. (Subsidiary of SMG) (NJ: 0100193473: 1983)

112 Squire Hill Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 973-655-0185 / 800-458-8336

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa

ISE: International Student Exchange, Inc. (SMG) (CA: C1111847: 1982)

119 Cooper Street, Babylon, NY 11702
Phone: 631-893-4550 / 800.766.4656

  • https://www.iseusa.org
  • Tiffany Galloway Adams, Regional Director: contact@iseusa.org
  • Wayne Brewer, CEO ISE / Founder SMG: wayne@iseusa.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

STS Student Travel Schools AB

STS Foundation (NJ: 0100284870: 1986)

100 Main Street, Suite 420, Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 1-800-522-4678

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

STS Global Studies

100 Main Street, Suite 420, Concord, MA 01742
978-451-4554 / Emergencies: 978-451-4554

  • http://www.sts-select.com
  • Senior Program Manager, Carol Downes Coin: 978-451-4554 Ext. 101 / carol.downes@sts-education.com
  • Program Assistant, Ainura Ozturk: 978-451-4554 Ext 102 / ainura.ozturk@sts-education.com

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa

TLUSA: Terra Lingua USA (MO: N00057652: 1997)

3 Helen Road, Terryville, CT 06786
Phone: 203-525-1231

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • November 2010: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family placement

TZ: The Zource (AZ: 01824521: 1986)

2028 South Highway 53, Suite 3-323, La Grange , KY 40031
Phone: 502-222-1969

Listing Status: Provisional (2012/2013 to 2015/2016)
F-1 Visa

USSE: United Studies, Inc. Student Exchange (OK: 2100480508: 1989)

P.O. Box 22863, Hot Springs, AR 71903​
Phone: 501.321.2000 / Toll Free: 800.869.8585

Listing Status: Provisional
J-1 Visa

University Track Preparation (NY: 4118031: 2011)

1115 Broadway 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 631-365-0103

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa

WISE: Foundation for Worldwide International Student Exchange (WA: 601261476: 1990)

WISE® Foundation
P.O. Box 1332, Dyersburg TN-38025, USA
Phone: 731-287-9948 / 800-264-0948

Listing Status: Full

J-1 Visum

Inter-Ed, Ltd. (NE: 0872644: 1986)

207 N Church Ave, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024
Phone: 1.888.282.8269 (Office)

WL: World Link, Inc. (IA: 259881: 2001)

905 M Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247
Phone: 319-656-4590

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

YFU USA: Youth For Understanding USA (DE: 3487282: 2002)

641 S Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

Full Listing: Full compliance with the CSIET Standards.

Provisional Listing reflects the Evaluation Committee’s determination that an organization, during its first or second evaluation, is judged to be in compliance with CSIET standards on the basis of its application materials.

Conditional Listing  is issued to organizations that the Accreditation Committee determines are substantially in compliance with the standards but which need improvement in one or more areas.

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

  • Christopher B. Page, Executive Director: cpage@csiet.org

Closed Sanction cases 2006 to date

2010: US Department of State uttalelse om saken i Scranton, Pennsylvania

U.S. Department of State

The health, safety and welfare of the 30,000 high school students who participate each year in high school exchange programs, regulated by the Department of State, are among the Department’s highest priorities. These exchanges are important opportunities for young people from other countries to learn about and experience the United States, and we do our utmost to make them positive and rewarding experiences.

We are deeply troubled by any reports of incidents or allegations. They are investigated completely and transparently by the appropriate officials.

There are regulations in place to govern these programs. They can be found at http://exchanges.state.gov/jexchanges, under resources 22 CFR 62.25. The Department expects all private sector sponsors to adhere to these regulations, especially ensuring that participants are safely situated and host families are properly vetted.

When we learn about a specific situation, we immediately contact the sponsoring organization involved and ask them to investigate. We gather full information, and act swiftly and appropriately.

The sponsor must provide a report to the Department on the situation along with copies of documentation available to them on the participant’s program, including copies of the student application, the host family application form, local coordinator notes, and copies of the criminal background check. The Department then determines whether all regulatory requirements have been followed, including whether an incident was reported to local law enforcement.

  • The Department has completed its review of two recent cases – one in Scranton, PA and one in Fort Lewis, WA – and has determined that regulatory violations took place and is taking appropriate action to hold the private sector sponsoring organization accountable.



USA: DofS Regulations: Selection of Host Families

USA: DofS Regulations: Program sponsor eligibility

USA: DofS Regulations: Exchange Student Obligations and Rights