ICES has helped thousands of high school students to make their dreams come true by participating in one of our Cultural Exchange Student Programs.

The student exchange experience is an unforgettable one. Your year will be filled with new discoveries about yourself and others while you live with your host family, attend high school and improve your English skills.

Explore your options below, and join students from all over the world on an amazing journey and experience!


J-1 Public High School Exchange Program USA

The J-1 program is an affordable public school program offered to international students between the ages of 15 and 18. The program lasts for one semester or one school year.

ICES host families provide room and board to exchange students during their stay in America. More importantly, they provide the love and support that a young person needs during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

ICES works with J-1 program partners in many countries around the world who provide students with preparation, English testing and visa assistance. Trained ICES local 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 all 50 states and offers layers of support via our local coordinators and student counselors who are on hand to help throughout the program.


ICES Virtual High School Program USA

ICES is offering international students the opportunity to study remotely online through a U.S. High School. Students that join the ICES Virtual High School program can study from the comfort of their own home with the ability to earn a U.S. High School Diploma or credits that are transferable to other U.S. High Schools.

Who is this program for?

  • International Students that would like to experience studying in a U.S. High School but are not sure they would like to live in the USA.
  • International Students that have already completed 1 year on the J-1 High School Program, do not plan to come back to the US through an F-1 program and wants to earn a U.S. High School Diploma.
  • International Students that are currently studying at a U.S. High School but are missing credits they would need to advance to the next grade or graduate and earn a diploma.
  • Students that are planning to come to the U.S. on a F-1 High School Program and want to get a head start on classes required to earn a U.S. High School Diploma.
  • Students that want to improve their English.

High School Program IRELAND

If you are dreaming about studying abroad and perfect your English in a European country, then the ICES High School Program in Ireland is an awesome opportunity to combine studies with a rich cultural experience. Our program in Ireland offers both public and private schools, and is available to students between 12 and 18 years old at the start of the program.



High School Program )

ICES High School program in the United Kingdom offers international students the life-changing opportunity to experience studying in a British school and is built upon our values and ethos. International students aged 16-18 participate in the same classes as British students and stay with a host family close to their school, following the same classes and living a truly British student life.


Are you curious about other ICES High School Programs?

ICES has many other programs to accommodate all students’ needs whether it is location, academics, sports, arts or budget. Most of these public and private high schools requires a F-1 visa, which means the school will additionally charge a tuition for participating international students. However, you can tailor the program to suit your needs for your year abroad or for your future plans. Many of these schools offer a diploma after just one year so you can peruse the dreams of higher education in the USA if that is what you are looking for.

If you want to compare the different student programs that ICES offers, take a look at your options below!



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 over three decades.

With over 50 office staff members and a team of 500 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 1,700 students yearly, with a network of school partners in all 50 states. Our students come from over 40 countries and are supervised by trained coordinators and compassionate student counselors.