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A student exchange program is a program in which a student, typically in secondary or higher education, chooses to live in a foreign country to learn, among other things, language and culture. These programs are sometimes called 'exchanges' because different countries participating in the program will trade off students in this fashion. The students live with a host family, who are usually unpaid volunteers and often have a child the same age who has also participated (or is going to participate) in a similar exchange program. Host families are usually vetted by the organization co-ordinating the program. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... Secondary education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... a family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 Family is a Western term used to denote a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption. ...


Student exchanges became popular after World War II, and have the aim of helping to increase the participants' understanding and tolerance of other cultures, as well as improving their language skills and broadening their social horizons. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Look up understanding in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that toleration be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Culture (disambiguation). ...


An exchange student typically stays in the host country for a relatively short period of time, often 6 to 10 months, in contrast to international students or those on study abroad programs which often last for several years. International students are students, usually in early adulthood, who study in foreign schools. ... Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a foreign country. ...


These programs are available from a number of service-oriented organizations, such as World Education Program (WEP) Australia, Rotary International's Rotary Youth Exchange, EF Foundation for Foreign Study, American Field Service, AIFS's Academic Year In America and Youth For Understanding, which offer some of the more popular programs. Other organizations such as the Kiwanis or Lions Clubs offer similar programs. Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. ... Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student exchange program for students in secondary school. ... AFS Logo AFS was established in 1915 by A. Piatt Andrew, a political economics professor at Harvard University and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury as the American Field Service. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Kiwanis International is a service organization whose mission is Serving the Children of the World. The organization was founded on January 21, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan by Joseph C. Prance (a tailor) and Allen S. Browne (a professional event organizer). ... Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service club organisation with 46,000 clubs and 1. ...


Some exchange programs are considered study abroad programs if academic credit is available. Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a foreign country. ...

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Long-term exchange

A long term exchange is considered an exchange which is designed to last six to ten months or up to one full year. Participants are to attend high school in their host countries, through a student visa. Typically, non-USA students coming to the USA are issued J-1 Cultural Exchange Visas though some programs may use the F-1 Foreign Student Visa. Students are expected to integrate themselves into the host family, living as a natural child would, immersing themselves in the local community and surroundings, and upon their return to their home country are expected to incorporate this knowledge into their daily lives, as well as give a presentation on their experience to their sponsors. This is a hallmark of the Rotary, AFS, and Face the World programs. Many exchange programs expect students to be able converse in the language of the new host country, at least on a basic level. Some programs require students to pass a standardized test for English language comprehension, for example, prior to being accepted into a program taking them to the United States. Others do not examine basic language communication ability. Most exchange students become fluent in the language of the host country in which they are a new student within a few months. Some exchange programs, such as the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange are government-funded programs. Most programs do not require an actual "exchange" of individual students between countries. Instead the majority of exchange students are those coming into the U.S., without any American leaving the U.S. The "exchange" consists of the foreign student and the host parents or host family sharing culture and comparing daily life and habits while building a natural friendship that will endure beyond the actual exchange year. The focus is on improving international relations and cultural understanding. A visa (short for the Latin carta visa, lit. ... Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) logo The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX, German name: Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm or PPP) is a youth exchange program founded in 1983. ...


Costs

Programs vary depending upon program length, country, content and other factors. Most program costs include insurance and other risk management components, especially health insurance. Some scholarships cover all program expenses and the international flight, as is the case with the Congress-Bundestag scholarship. This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


Application process

Long term (10 to 12 month) exchange applications and interviews generally take place 10 months in advance of departure, but sometimes as little as four months. Ages requirements are between 15 and 18.5, older or younger cannot be classified as a foreign exchange student. Some programs allow students older than 18 years of age in a specialized work-study program. [[1]] in particular has work abroad programs for students older than 18 years of age and out of high school.


Some programs require first require a preliminary application with fees, then schedule interviews and request a longer application. Other programs request a full application from the beginning and then schedule interviews to more completely expand on the application information. High school scholarship programs often require a set GPA of around 3.0 or higher. These programs choose their students via application and personal interview, selecting the candidates most likely to complete the program and serve as the best ambassadors to the foreign nation. Students in some programs are expected to go to any location where the host parents who choose them live, such as Rotary, and students are encouraged not to have strict expectations of their host country. Such open attitudes often make for a more enjoyable exchange. Student applicants do make a country choice, but may live at any spot within that country.


Most programs expect the prospective exchange student to demonstrate some ability to speak the language of the country they choose, however, requirements of ability to communicate vary, the organization in the home country of the student, to which the student has applied, often makes this decision. The home country organization will then have a partner organization in the country of the student’s choice. Students accepted for the program may or may not be screened by the organization in their home country. Partner organizations in the destination country each have differing levels of screening they require students to pass through before being accepted into their program. For example, students coming to the U.S. may be required by a U.S. partner organization to submit as little as the recommendation by the organization in their home country (who also collects a fee from the student) OR the U.S. partner may require student applicants to submit detailed application materials such as previous school report cards, and letters from their school teachers and administrators in addition to the original standardized English fluency exam papers. The U.S. agency may then accept or decline the applicant. Some U.S. organizations also have more extensive “Rules of Participation” requirements than might other U.S. organizations. Some may include written contract standards for personal behavior, dress, grooming, grades etc., while others may be less rigorous. Frequently, students who opt for participation in programs with more strict standards are students inclined toward behaving according to those rules in their home country.


Year abroad

During their year abroad students are expected to study in school and participate fully in the foreign culture. This includes taking up hobbies and after school activities in their host country. They are often encouraged to make non-exchange student friends in their host country. Exchange students may have rules that encourage or require abstinence from substances including drugs and alcohol, dating and driving for insurance reasons. Also travel can be restricted for student's safety, although some programs offer tours throughout and at the end of the exchange. Students are encouraged to travel with their host families. Depending on the U.S. organization and the circumstances, when students violate a rule they may be sent home.


Short-term exchange

A short term exchange usually takes place during the summer months of July-August. Students do not attend school and are instead given a brief introduction to the language of their host country with heavy emphasis on sightseeing and cultural learning. Upon their return they are expected to give a short presentation on their experience to their sponsors. This program is quite popular with North American students, as school lets out at this time. Kiwanis and Lions Clubs usually offer this type of exchange. Rotary International also offers a program called R.O.S.E.(rotary overseas short-term exchange) where a student exchanges homes directly with another student of a foreign country at the same time. Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. ...


University exchange

A University Exchange occurs when sister universities trade off students, or through special programs such as Rotary International's Ambassadorial Scholarship or through the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). Students attend university classes and often live in on-site dormitories. These can last anywhere from a single semester to an entire education.


Benefits of exchange

The benefits of doing a student exchange may include, but are not limited to the following: Gaining independence, gaining a sense of responsibility and purpose, first hand knowledge of another culture, exploring differences between countries, understanding traditions and taboos, learning more about one's self, friends and family, a better understanding of homeland, building connections between countries, learning a foreign language, discovering abilities and limitations. Often, exchange students are underestimated for their abilities.


Exchange students in popular culture

In popular USA culture, exchange students from other countries have often been stereotyped as exaggerated caricatures of their home countries.

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See also

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student exchange program: Information from Answers.com (1277 words)
A student exchange program is a program in which a student, typically in secondary education chooses to live in a foreign country to learn, among other things, language and culture.
Student exchanges became popular after World War II, and have the aim of helping to increase the participants' understanding and tolerance of the other cultures, as well as improving their language skills and broadening their social horizons.
This is a hallmark of the Rotary, AFS, and YFU programs.
OPD>Foreign Exch Stu Q&A (2149 words)
A foreign student visiting in Indiana under any student exchange program approved by the Indiana State Board of Education is considered a resident student with legal settlement in the school corporation where the foreign exchange student resides.
It is not the intent of student exchange programs to facilitate immigration, and foreign exchange students on J-1 and F-1 visas hold a non-immigrant status.
Students may be requested to furnish proper course titles and descriptions, a list of textbooks used, and a statement concerning the amount of time per week during the exchange period spent in class instruction.
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