By breaking down barriers to international friendship, we contribute to a more peaceful global community. Each year, we work to unite thousands of high school exchange students from around the world with local volunteer host families. Our U.S. Department of State-designated cultural exchange programs provide a safe, nurturing environment for students and families to learn, grow, and experience a new way of life together.
We believe everyone has the power to make the world a better place. When you choose to host, you open your heart, mind, and home to a new culture while making a lasting, positive global impact. Individuals and families with spare room, an extra plate at mealtime, and friendship to extend to an international student are encouraged to apply.
We believe that cross-cultural experiences are crucial in the education process and strive to provide programs that encourage growth, exploration, and collaboration. The students that participate in our program are admitted based on academic performance, communication skills, extracurricular activities, and eagerness to share cultures.
ISE Gives Back, our philanthropic program, is designed to provide support to those crucial organizations that create opportunities and lend assistance to children in need so that they can grow, participate, and thrive in the global community.
Children Incorporated, our domestic philanthropic partner, has worked diligently for 50+ years to assist impoverished children throughout all 50 states.
Nuevo Futuro, this year’s international recipient, is a Spain-based charity that focuses on providing care and social advancement to children and adolescents deprived of healthy and stable family environments.