J-1 Public School USA
Come join the thousands of ICES students who have had an unforgettable experience in America!
The student exchange experience is an unforgettable one. Your year will be filled with new discoveries about yourself and others while you live with an American host family, attend high school and improve your English skills.
The J-1 program is an affordable 1 year, public school program offered to international students between the ages of 15 and 18. ICES works with J-1 program partners in many countries who provide students with preparation, English testing and visa assistance. Trained ICES coordinators place students with pre-screened and carefully selected host families who have a genuine desire to share their American culture. ICES places students in 45 states and offers layers of support via our local coordinators and student counselors who are on hand to help throughout the program.
Why You Should Choose ICES
The ICES staff truly understands the challenges that exchange students may face, many of our team members have lived abroad and learned another language while overcoming cultural differences. This understanding and compassion is transmitted through ICES’s exceptional customer service.
ICES is a designated J-1 sponsor through the U.S. Department of State. We meet meticulous government regulations that assure our students, partners and host families have safe and positive experiences. ICES has been a member of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange (ALLIANCE) since 1997. We have maintained a full listing with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) for 25 years.
With over 38 office staff members and a team of 425 field coordinators, we are dedicated to providing participants with experiences that will have a positive impact on their lives for years to come. Our team manages over 1,300 students yearly, with a network of school partners in 45 states. Our students come from 39 countries and are supervised by trained coordinators and compassionate student counselors.
ICES / IQ Arrival Orientation & Tour
New York City — 4 days / 3 nights
Orientation in New York begins with an introduction to your host community. You’ll learn all about what to expect of American culture, including differences you haven’t seen in the movies or on TV! You’ll also get an overview about the exciting adventures that lie ahead.
The New York City tour includes a trip to see many of the most famous landmarks in the city known to locals as “The Big Apple.” You’ll get to see the famed Statue of Liberty and the iconic Manhattan skyline, and you’ll be able to do some shopping amid the bright lights of Times Square, the most famous gathering place in the city.
Los Angeles — 4 days / 3 nights
For students attending the West Coast orientation, we cover the same important information about your host community and American culture, this time in sunny Southern California.
The Los Angeles and Hollywood tour begins in Beverly Hills, where you may catch a glimpse of famous movie stars in their own fashionable neighborhood. You’ll also see the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier, where you can enjoy the beach. Other highlights of the tour include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dolby Theater, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Chinese Theater and the Griffith Observatory for a great view of the famous Hollywood sign.
- Age: 15- 18
- Academics: A minimum of a C average in all courses taken over the past three years. Transcripts translated into English and a Teacher’s Recommendation
- Attitude: The maturity to deal with the inevitable challenges of adapting to another culture and communicating in a foreign language.
- English Language Skills: Demonstrate acceptable scores on the Standard Test for English Proficiency. Students should also be comfortable and competent in using English conversationally to follow course work and socialize.
- Intellectual Curiosity: An open mind toward learning the ins and outs of another culture, such as its social customs, as well as concrete experiences such as food and fun.