Stikkordarkiv: #ExchangeOrganizations

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Korero AS was established by Sarah J. Lyons in 2015. Korero is a  small, specialized student exchange firm.

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CSIET non-endorsement

«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 is a host family?

Before you leave home as an exchange student you may already have been in contact with your assigned host-family. Even if you have not, the exchange organization is supposed to have forwarded details on where the family lives, how many family members there are, their ages, contact information and host parent occupations. Included with that information are probably pictures of the family and their home. I do not know if all exchange organizations follow this guideline.

You might get told that you are going to a temporary family (see below). Other times the exchange student is told that a representative will function as host family until a permanent family is found (see below).

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What is a host family?

A host family is a family that has promised to allow you to live with them for the duration of your exchange student stay. There isn’t really a template for what a host family should look like:

  • Mom, dad (with or without children)
  • Mom (with or without children)
  • Dad (with or without children)
  • Dad, dad (with or without children)
  • Mom, mom (with or without children)
  • Old, youngish, young

The host-parents should be at least 25 years old. Any younger than that and they might well end up being a friend and not a boundary maker. I do not think there is an upper age limit. However:

  • The host family should be without mental or physical issues that would keep them from being able to fulfil their role as care-taker.
  • The host family should be in a financial situation that enables them to take in another family member.
  • The host family should be able to accept that the exchange student might have different theological, political and cultural views than themselves (goes both ways).

Temporary host family

A temporary host family is one that is supposed to last very few weeks until the exchange organization has found a permanent host family. If the exchange student is lucky, the temporary family willingly becomes a permanent host family (24%). But in most cases this is not so. If a temporary host family is pressured into becoming a permanent one, it is fairly easy to see how problems might arise. (USIA study)

Finding a host family that is willing to take a student in for ten months is not a simple task. Rotary has solved this by having the exchange student stay with several host families (approx. 3).

Representative as host family

At times the only option available to a new exchange student is being placed with their representative until a family is found. Sometimes the representative becomes the permanent host family. (CSFES finds this highly questionable) Some exchange organizations will then assign you a separate representative to avoid conflict of interest. Sadly, if a conflict occurs, the host country organization will usually side with the representative.

Host family as guardian

Your host family is your guardian. They are supposed to keep you safe during your stay, make sure you do your homework, give you chores (just like the other family member), feed you, give you boundaries and make you part of their family unit.

Does the host family get paid?

Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

Some exchange organizations are volunteer based organizations. In such firms the host family does not get paid no matter where you live. Other exchange organizations pay or do not pay their host family depending on what type of exchange program you choose.

Different countries have different rules. In the US there are both variations based on the type of visa the exchange student has (J-1 vs F-1). In Norway there isn’t a regulation about this, but many of the exchange organizations do not pay their host families.

Host family requirements

Most (probably all) exchange organizations have a set of rules they are supposed to follow regarding how they pick who gets to be a host family. The requirements I have seen, set by the firms whose brochures I have looked at, state that they do background checks of the host family. These include:

  • References from extended family.
  • References from acquaintances.
  • Home visitations.
  • Candidate interview.
  • Financial status check.

What is an exchange organization?

Once you have decided to go for the exchange student life, you need to decide if you should travel with an exchange organization. Some countries, like Japan, give you no choice. No exchange organization = no visa. I don’t know what guidelines most other countries have about this.

What is an exchange organization

Basically, an exchange organization is a travel agency. They organize you plane tickets, the place you stay and the activities you will participate in (i.e. school). The receiving exchange organization is supposed to function as a guardian.

Ideally you will be placed in a safe area with a safe host family. That home should be somewhat clean. Schooling should be at an approved (by authorities) institution and you need transportation to and from school.

Types of exchange organizations?

There are three kinds of exchange organizations. Volunteer organization like Rotary, AFS and YFU base their work on volunteers. Usually, there is a small regional office with permanent staff who earn average salaries. Non-profit organization can be a misleading term. Usually that has to do with taxes. If the exchange organization has holding companies in links above it, you aren’t really looking at a non-profit organization but rather utilizing what tax loop-holes there are. Exchange organizations like EF Education, Aspect Foundation, Explorius/Educatius/CETUSA, Forte International Exchange Association/Astar Education, Heltberg International Education, and Speak/Aspect High School are some of them.

Some of the exchange organization have their own travel agencies and insurance agencies.  Erika Travel Insurance belongs to EF Education. Rejsespecialisten is sister-company to My Education.

For-profit exchange organizations are open about being in the business of making money. I do not know if their representatives get paid more than the non-profit ones (price per student placed). In the US, these firms fall into the F-1 student exchange programs. That means that the student is somewhat less protected by the regulations that protect the J-1 exchange student.

Communication between various parties

In a student exchange situation there are several parties involved. You have the parents of the exchange student, the exchange student, the exchange organization in the home country, main office in host-country, host-country local representative, host-country school, host-family.

When you sign a contract with your exchange organization at home, you usually authorize them to function as a go-between for you and the partner organization. Most contracts forbid contact between parents and partner organization. In addition, the exchange companies do not want you to have contact with your child’s school. Nor do they encourage contact with the host-family.

Your child is supposed to communicate with their local representative who then brings the matter up the chain and eventually to the parents. The host-family is supposed to use the same route. However, our experience has been that what the parents are told is not always what the partner organization was told by either student, school or host-parent. We encourage contact between parents and the student, parents and the host parents and in crisis between parents and the school. We also encourage you to keep all contact documented (emails, sms, reports of phone calls etc.). Just in case.

Home country exchange organization

Most exchange organizations will use the following procedure:

  • After the potential exchange student has filled out application 1 (YFU’s), the exchange organizations makes their choice. Rotary require better grades than the rest.
  • Organization, student and her/his family meet.
  • Application part 2 (YFU’s) if filled in by parent and student and signed.
  • All necessary documentation is collected and forwarded to partner organization.
  • Hold information meeting.
  • Be a point of contact between biological parents and partner.

Partner organization is supposed to

  • Train leaders and representatives.
  • Match representative and exchange student.
  • Match exchange student and host family.
  • Make sure ALL necessary documentation about host-family, representative and school has been forwarded to the proper authorities.
  • Make travel arrangements to and from host country.
  • Some hold orientations camps.
  • Be responsible for all host-country trips.
  • «Be there» for the student 24/7.
  • Support school leadership.
  • Ensure the student is safe during emergencies.
  • Return students who break the laws of the host country.

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/

AIFS

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

AYA:

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)

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


EduBoston

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
Phone:703-237-1688

  • 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

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
Phone:

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