Student exchange programs
Interested in hosting an exchange student?
Speak with your local high school's curriculum principal.
The district believes that many benefits accompany participation in student exchange programs, both for individuals participating and for the schools they attend. In any year, we host young men and women from many lands and have some of our own students experiencing life abroad. While the district does not directly sponsor these exchanges, we cooperate with recognized organizations which arrange such exchanges.
If you are contemplating an outbound exchange, consult with your school counselor and administration early. Our graduation requirements are determined by state and school board policies and must be met before a returning student can obtain a diploma. Specific arrangements must be made for how coursework completed abroad will satisfy graduation requirements if the student is to stay on track to graduate with their class. All of these plans should be in writing and signed off by the student, parent and school officials.
For specific information on student exchange programs, you may wish to contact the following community coordinators:
AFS Intercultural Programs
AFS USA, afsusa.org
AFS has been a leader in international education for 70 years. We are a nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization offering exchanges for students, young adults and teachers in over 50 countries around the world.
Misty Jensen, AFS Alaska Team Development Specialist, Contact for School presentations
Christy Hedrick, AFS Area Team Chair for the State of Alaska
Judy Kuipers, Contact if you would like to host a Foreign Exchange Student
Penny Brunsvold, Contact if you would like to study abroad with AFS
Aspect Foundation is a non-profit organization providing affordable study-abroad opportunities to students from more than 50 countries. For the past 35 years, Aspect Foundation has offered inbound and outbound single-semester and full-year exchanges.
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs
One of the oldest and largest international student exchange organizations.
Coordinator for Washington and Alaska
Ayusa is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing cultural exchange experiences to students and families.
Community Representative - Anchorage
Council for Educational Travel, USA
CETUSA’s programs have allowed young people from many different cultural backgrounds to meet, exchange ideas and establish international friendships. At CETUSA we believe that mutual understanding and appreciation is best achieved through daily and personal contact.
616-365-9940 Ext 107
Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE has been working with both inbound and outbound student exchange for over 60 years. We have scholarships available, and follow all regulations.
Cultural Homestay International
Nonprofit dedicated to international understanding and friendship by working with teenagers and host families. Education, culture and language experiences and opportunities for our students and your family.
Jenni M. Fouts
Alaska - Area Administrator
800-861-5523 or 360-701-2233
ISE (International Student Exchange)
A non-profit organization bringing people of the world closer through educational exchange and intercultural education. Offers both outbound and inbound programs for students age 15 to 18.
Home: (801) 671-3161
Cell: (360) 790 5086
Fax: (360) 282 0063
International Experience, USA
Local Coordinator, Anchorage
NorthWest Student Exchange
NWSE is a nonprofit, Dept. of State-designated student exchange organization listed with CSIET.
International Program Coordinator
4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste 214
Seattle, Washington 98105
Fax. 206-527-0338 or 800-717-9117
NW Services PEACE program
A nonprofit educational organization offering both inbound and outbound homestay programs for students 15 - 18 years of age.
Program of Academic Exchange
Offers both inbound and outbound high school/homestay programs.
800-555-6211 ext. 304
Marsha Spencer- Morgan
Local Community Coordinator- Anchorage
Rose Urban Rural Exchange
An in-state, two week cross-cultural exchange for high school students in the 9th, 10th & 11th grade.
Outreach and Logistics Coordinator
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary District 5010 Youth Exchange
Anchorage Area Coordinator
200 W. 34th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99503
A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to intercultural student exchange. Currently promoting an inbound program for students ranging from 15-18.5 years of age. Students come from over 50 countries for either an academic year or one semester. We are listed with CSIET and inpositive standing with the Department of State.
Michele Stapley-Regional Director
Anna Kohler- Senior LC
The Laurasian Institution
A non-governmental nonprofit organization offering a variety of international and cross-cultural education programs.
12345 Lake City Way NE, #151
Seattle, WA 98125
A public benefit organization dedicated to fostering cultural enrichment and intercultural understanding through youth exchange programs. World Heritage is officially designated as an "exchange visitors" program by the United States Department of State and adheres to all its regulations.
907-315-4596 or 949-342-1777
Young Life Amicus International
Young Life Amicus International
A non-profit, academic and cultural exchange program of Young Life, an international Christian organization that serves as an outreach to teens around the world.
Youth for Understanding
A nonprofit educational organization which offers opportunities for young people around the world to spend a summer, semester or year with a host family in another culture. Scholarships are available for American students to study abroad.