International Student Exchange Programs

Come join the thousands of ICES students who have had an unforgettable experience in America! ICES offers a variety of International Student Exchange Programs. Research all your options to find the perfect program for you, and don’t hesitate to contact our professional team to guide you!


Academic Year & Semester Programs

J-1 Public High School Program USA

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 agencies 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.


F-1 Private High School Program USA

Your Connection to Over 175 Private High Schools! We provide students with a wide range of choices for total control over their American school experience. In addition to the all-important decision about location, parents are able to customize the program to fit their budget. Flexible options include a variety of program lengths, college preparatory courses, sports programs, ESL support, senior admission and more to tailor your time in the U.S. Students can extend their program for up to five years and the IQ Academic Service Programs can help them transition into the American College of their choice.


F-1 Public High School Program USA

Our F-1 Public High School Program is all about giving you the freedom to choose where you will live and study in the United States. It’s a big country, and we work with many schools and district offices all across the U.S., giving you the widest possible selection of regions and academic programs. We carefully screen our host families using an at-home interview and criminal background check to ensure that they are committed to student safety. When you enroll in IQ USA’s F-1 Public High School Program, you will be enrolled as an F-1 visa participant. As such, you can only attend public school in the United States for one year; however, you do have the option to transfer to a private school for consecutive years. All public schools in the F-1 program charge tuition for exchange students.


F-1 Middle School Program USA

For talented young students who want to experience a new culture and improve their language skills, studying abroad at a younger age can lead to increased fluency and near-native cultural competency. IQ USA offers international students the opportunity to enroll in American middle schools — sixth through eighth grade — and follow the same curriculum as their American classmates. The Middle School Program is a great opportunity for younger children to experience an American education before making the decision to attend high school in the U.S. Parents will have peace of mind knowing their child has an IQ Local Coordinator to lend support and guidance throughout their child’s program.


Short Term Programs

American School Experience

Our ASE program is a short term version of our F-1 Private High School Exchange Program USA. We offer the opportunity for students to study in an American high school for 1-3 months while living with a host family. The ASE program allows flexible enrollment dates throughout the school year.  Students who complete the program can decide to extend or or re-apply for a semester or year F-1 High School Program. Our ASE program has all the benefits of a full year exchange program at a fraction of the cost!


English Cultural Immersion

Adventurous young people can focus on improving their English language skills while developing friendships with American students and other international travelers. IQ’s ECI program is a great and inexpensive way to introduce students to our full range of longer term programs. Students live with a host family, attend ESL courses in the morning and observe the American classroom in the afternoon. Enrollment dates follow the American school year for groups of 15 or more.


Group Summer Programs

IQ USA offers several types of programs, whether your students want English language instruction, international camps, summer adventure or just an immersion in American culture, IQ’s Summer programs have everything student’s could want for a truly unique summer experience.


Homestay Immersion

An affordable program designed for self-motivated, mature students who want to truly immerse themselves in American culture and the English language. Students arrive on a tourist visa and live with an American host family for a period of time that works with their own summer schedule. Organized activities are not offered in this program, we encourage students to create their own experiences by engaging with American students via extra-curricular activities, sports and youth groups. Students with a sincere interest in cultural exchange are encouraged to apply!


IQ USA Academic Services

IQ USA is a division of ICES

  • Exchange Student Academic Counseling

    The IQ USA exchange student academic counseling program is geared toward international students who need academic support and help improving their grades. Counselors will assess each student’s academic needs and tailor each session so that it has the greatest possible benefit to the student. Counselors work with students on a monthly basis setting goals, teaching better study habits and guidance on test taking to raise their grades.


  • Exchange Student Guide to USA College

    The strength of a student’s university application is largely determined by each student’s performance in the early high school years. This service package provides guidance to international students in grades 9-11 who will pursue a university degree in the United States. The monthly sessions prepare students for the university application process by helping students choose the right classes and extra-curricular activities, while guiding students to focus on their unique strengths, passions, and natural-skill sets. Students are counseled on how to maintain their GPA while pursuing the supplementary activities that will truly make them stand out to the decision-makers at universities throughout the U.S.


  • SAT Test Prep I & II

    SAT Prep courses designed with international students in mind. Over the past 20 years, our highly trained instructors have helped many students increase their SAT scores by wide margins. Their focus and dedication have helped many students go on to earn admission into some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley and Yale.


  • College Admissions Assistance

    International students face a unique challenge when applying to colleges in the U.S. Established universities seek well-rounded applicants with high grades, diverse interests, specific skills, and strong community ties; international students often struggle to demonstrate these qualifications. We provide a wide range of services for students who wish to apply to universities in the United States. These services focus on translating each student’s abilities, experiences, and interests into a strong university application. We understand the complex intricacies of the university application process, and our services ensure that participants are admitted to the universities that match their skill level, interests, and long-term career goals.