Public School Student Exchange Programs USA

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

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.

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


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.



F-1 Public High School Exchange Program USA

Our F-1 Public High School Exchange Program USA 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 public schools and district offices all across the U.S., giving you the widest possible selection of regions and academic programs.

All public schools in our F-1 Public High School Exchange Program USA charge a tuition for participating international students. Each school has its own international student admissions criteria, such as English proficiency and GPA requirements, and we obtain school acceptance based on your qualifications and personal criteria.

ICES carefully screens host families using an at-home interview, take references and perform a criminal background check to ensure that they are committed to student safety and have a genuine desire to share American culture. Once selected, host families undergo an in-depth orientation program, and Local Coordinators are trained to supervise placement and offer support during the program.



Student Requirements

  • 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.

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 25 years.

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 1,300 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.