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To be an accepted HSUSA exchange students, you must:
- Be between 15 and 18 years of age when they arrive in the USA.
- Be in good academic standing
- Be enrolled in a secondary school when you apply and not completed high school before you arrive
- Successfully completed HSUSA's Two Thumbs Up Cultural Assimilation Modules
HSUSA considers English ability, academic performance, maturity, flexibility and willingness to adapt to a new culture in our selection process. We look at the “whole picture” for each applicant and select those students whom we believe can successfully navigate an academic exchange year in the U.S. while being away from family and friends back home.
HSUSA leads the student exchange industry in helping students prepare for their exchange with our DOUBLE THUMBS UP preparatory modules - seven video modules for students helping them understand the challenges and joys of assimilating to a new culture. You’ll become duel-cultural! We take the time and care to guide you through the process.
While you’re in the United States, your host family will care and support you throughout the year and our Local Coordinators are a second layer of support. The HSUSA is a third layer of support giving you 24/7 support during your entire school year visit.
Our home office is located in Nashville, TN.
January - March Get your Interview and submit application for HSUSA
March 31st Deadline for on-time applications. .
April - August Get to know your host family on Skype!
Mid/End of August (7 days before school starts) Fly to the US for a 10 month adventure.
January Attend HSUSA’s High School Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN. EXCLUSIVE with HSUSA
End of May (7-10 after school is out) Fly back home and see the world in a bigger and broader way.
*All pre-departure cultural assimilation training and orientation *Placement with a carefully selected Host Family
*Guaranteed enrollment in a U.S. high school
*Important Department of State paperwork
*Orientation & Supervision upon arrival in the United States
*Room, board, and basic transport provided by your host family
*SEVIS Fees and English Language Testing Fees
*A local mentor/coordinator and 24 hour support
*Earn a trip to Nashville, TN (Music City USA) for the HSUSA High School Leadership Summit
Your host family is your first line of support. 10 years after their exchange, most exchange students say have a special place in their heart for their host family. In your application, you’ll list your interests and your preferences. You’ll let us know if you have allergies to pets or smoke and how active you are. Then we look at our interested host families and match you with a family with similar disposition and interests. We consider the relationship between a student and host family to be the most important relationship of your exchange year and the preparation we give you before your exchange largely relates to helping you understand American families and how you can understand them and treat them well. Remember, they want to get as much out of the experience as you!
Congratulations! I have two young children and I’d be very proud if either of them had the courage and maturity to do a high school exchange. We’ve hosted exchange students a number of times and even lived overseas. Our family knows the benefit of cultural exchange.
You play an important role of your son's or daughter’s independence, responsibility, and readiness for this exchange. Having worked with hundreds of students we’ve learned plenty and we’ll share with you the best ways to support your child through this amazing experience.
We intentionally have Sending Partners in your country so that every aspect of the exchange can be explained to you clearly. We care for each student on a HSUSA student exchange and we know them all by name. You and they will have our 24-hour emergency number while they are on their exchange in the USA. Thank you for trusting us with your son or daughter and thank you for trusting them. They will have a fantastic experience!
Sincerely, Tony Ripley - Training Director, HSUSA
Frequently Asked Questions: For Exchange Students
Where have the previous exchange program participants been?
In order to give a better look at our participants exchange program here in USA, we created a visual and interactive map that gives a glance at the places exchange students were living and studying at. During their time here in the United States almost all students participated in some kind of extra curricular activity that you can also see on the descriptions.
Yellow pins represent small towns
Green pins represent medium large town or city
Blue pins are for the big cities
Each of our participants are matched up with a host family that will best suit their personality and interests.
In order to find a great host family we have local coordinators in different states that are marked in purple colours.
Purple flags are for states that we have a current local coordinator
Purple balloons are for states that we are expanding to this year
By clicking on any of the pins you will be able to see more info about the placements and that particular place.
Don't forget to scroll down on the info and find pictures of the town and the local high school.
Zoom in and explore yourself!