Who is CIEE?

CIEE: the Council on International Educational Exchange is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. Established in 1947, CIEE is a world leader in student exchange services. Our mission is “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.” Each year, we help nearly 50,000 high school and university students as well as young professionals and educators grow personally and to develop their potential through participation in a wide variety of exchange programs across the globe.


CIEE is a non- profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to quality exchange and global learning opportunities. The CIEE USA High School program is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor our student on a J-1 visa to attend high school in America. We are also approved by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET). For 65 years, CIEE has been the nation’s leader in producing high-quality international study abroad and exchange programs. A non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization, we help to set—and raise—the standards of international education. We are committed to leading by example—to providing quality, rigorous study abroad opportunities for our nation’s students not merely through the creation of guiding principles, but through concrete action, meticulous attention to detail, and employment of experts in the field.At CIEE we pride ourselves on being different: our people, our commitment to quality assurance, our dedication to innovation and best practices, and our obligation to transparency.As a result, CIEE alumni are different. CIEE alumni don’t just experience the world; they engage in and embrace it. They are exposed to new places, ideas, and people. And they are challenged to question their perceptions and investigate the similarities and differences between cultures.Through CIEE programs—combined with the rich education received on campus—students receive a more vibrant education.

CIEE Affiliations

      The active participation of CIEE in collaborative associations benefits the countless educators, students, and educators who rely on CIEE to advance their collective voice. With over 60 years of experience in international education, CIEE is active with, and recognized by, the following organizations:

U.S. Department of State:

The U.S. Department of State has designated CIEE as an Exchange Visitor Program in accordance with the administrative regulations issued under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. This designation is applied for on a biannual

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basis by CIEE and granted by the U.S. Department of State. The CIEE USA High School Program is identified as the program number P-3-05143 and is approved to provide J-1 Visa participants with the form DS-2019. All exchange visitor applicants must have a SEVIS–generated DS-2019 issued by a Department of State designated sponsor, which they submit when they are applying for their exchange visitor visa. The consular officer must verify the DS-2019 record electronically through the SEVIS system in order to process an exchange visitor visa application to conclusion. Through the U.S. Department of State sponsored high school exchange program, foreign secondary school students enter the United States to complete up to one year of academic study at an accredited public or private secondary school.

CIEE administers several Grant Programs on behalf of the Department of State.

Contact information
jexchanges@state.gov or 1-866-283-9090.

The CIEE USA High School Plus Program

The CIEE USA High School Plus Program is a 5 or 10-month academic program that enables qualified international high school students to attend high school in the U.S. while living with a host family. Host families invite students into their homes to fully participate in all aspects of family and community life. CIEE presently has over 1,400 high school students from 55 different countries living in communities throughout the U.S. With over 63 years of experience in international education, CIEE is the largest and longest running sponsor of exchange programs in the U.S. During your time in the U.S., you will experience all that the American culture has to offer-living with a host family, attending a U.S. high school, joining a sports team or after school club, and volunteering in the local community.

Student Eligibility

Student Eligibility:

      A CIEE student has specific qualifications which students must meet before they are accepted into our program.
    These standards are as follows:
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 18 ½ at the start of the program.
  • Must be actively enrolled in high school in their home country.
  • Cannot have failed a year of school or English in the past three years.
  • Have studied at least three years of English and possess basic practical skills in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrate the proper motivation and maturity to participate in the USA High School Program.

List of Partner Schools

School Name

School Type





Admiral Farragut Academy Boarding Florida Yes Boarding 350
Antelope Valley Unified School District Public California Yes Homestay 1,500 – 3,284
Bachman Academy Boarding Tennessee No Boarding 25
Balboa City School Private Day California Yes Homestay 100
Bishop Seabury Academy Private Day Kansas Yes Homestay 130
Carlisle School Private Virginia Yes Homestay 160
Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall Boarding Massachusetts Yes Boarding 175
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Public North Carolina Yes Homestay 1,800-3,000
Cornerstone Academy Parochial California Yes Board or Homestay 1100
Deer Valley Unified School District Public Arizona Yes Homestay 1,800 – 2,700
DePaul Catholic High School Parochial New Jersey Yes Homestay 850
Desales High School Private Washington No Homestay 338
Doane Academy Private Day New Jersey Yes Homestay 200
Dublin School Boarding New Hampshire Yes Boarding 130
Eden Prairie Schools Public Minnesota Yes Homestay 3,100
Erskine Academy Private Day Maine Yes Homestay 690
Evangelical Christian Academy Private Day Colorado No Homestay 320
Evelyn Mack Academy Private North Carolina Yes Homestay 54
Foxcroft Academy Boarding Maine Yes Board or Home 470
Fryeburg Academy Boarding Maine Yes Boarding 657
George Stevens Academy Boarding Maine Yes Boarding 320
Heritage Christian School Private Day California Yes Homestay 800 – 900
Holy Cross Catholic School Private Texas Yes Homestay 103
Holy Trinity High School Parochial Illinois Yes Homestay 275
Indian Springs School Boarding Alabama Yes Boarding 270
International High School Private Day California Yes Homestay 328
Lake Mary Preparatory Boarding Florida Yes Boarding 550
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School Boarding New York Yes Boarding or Homestay 650
Los Angeles Unified School District Public California Yes Homestay Approximately 1,500
Marywood-Palm Valley School Private Day California No Homestay 500
Morgan Park Academy Private Day Illinois No Homestay 469
Morris Catholic High School Parochial New Jersey Yes Homestay 430
Mount Assisi Academy Private Day Illinois No Homestay 200
Mount Royal Academy Private New Hampshire Yes Homestay 100
New Hope Academy Private Day Maryland Yes Homestay 55-70
Newman School Private Day Massachusetts Yes Homestay with Newman family 250
North Broward Preparatory School Boarding Florida Yes Boarding 1,350
North Yarmouth Academy Private Maine Yes Homestay 306
Oak Hill School Private Day Oregon Yes Homestay 155
Paradise Valley Unified School District Public Arizona Yes Homestay 1,500 – 2,500
Pennsylvania International Academy Boarding Pennsylvania Yes Boarding 600
Pioneer Valley Christian School Parochial Massachusetts No Homestay 260
Pope John XXIII School Parochial New Jersey Yes Homestay 930
Rancho Solano Preparatory School Boarding Arizona Yes Boarding or Homestay 181
Ridgefield Christian School Private Day Arkansas No Homestay 75
Riverdale School District Public Oregon No Homestay 2500
Saint Andrews School Boarding Florida Yes Boarding 580
Saint Andrew’s Sewanee School Boarding Tennessee Yes Boarding 270
San Luis Coastal Unified School District Public California Advanced ESL only Homestay 1500
Schilling School for Gifted Children Private Day Ohio No Homestay 45
Scottsdale Unified School District Public Arizona Yes Homestay 1,400 – 2,500
Seton Catholic College Preparatory High School Private Day Washington Yes Homestay 140
St. Edward’s School Parochial Florida Yes Homestay 550
St. Johnsbury Academy Boarding Vermont Yes Board or Home 1000
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Parochial New Hampshire Yes Homestay 660
Stearns High School Public Maine Yes Homestay or Board 200
The MacDuffie School Boarding Massachusetts Yes Boarding or Home 200
The Village School Boarding Texas Yes Boarding 1000
Thornton Academy Boarding Maine Yes Boarding 1200
Trinity Christian High School Private California No Homestay 104
Valley Forge Military Academy Boarding Pennsylvania Yes Boarding 280
Virginia Beach Friends School Boarding Virginia Yes Homestay 235
Walla Walla Valley Academy Private Washington No Homestay 209
Washington Academy Boarding Maine Yes Boarding or Family Homestay 410
Waynflete School Private Day Maine No Homestay 550
West Sound Academy Boarding Washington Yes Boarding 85
Westwind Preparatory Academy Public Arizona Yes Homestay 260
Wichita Christian School Private Day Texas Yes Homestay 48
Wilbraham And Monson Academy Boarding Massachusetts Yes Boarding 350

List is Indicative only for the additional information please contact at: Enquiry@traveltolearn.in

Application Process

The Application Process

      Students work with their in-country representative to find the right public or private institution. In-country representatives work with students to assist them in finding partner schools that match their goals and interests.

Apply with in-country representative!
CIEE will assist students during the application process and act as the liaison between the school, in-country representative, and student.

Students enroll in their selected school
Once the student has been notified of his or her acceptance and decided on a school, CIEE will handle all of the follow-up steps to ensure that the student is properly enrolled for the semester or year.

Begin the American experience!
CIEE High School Plus students will be met at the airport upon arrival to the U.S. and they will attend an orientation to prepare them for their exciting new experience in the U.S.!

CIEE Support Services

CIEE Support & Services for Students:

      Upon arrival to the U.S., students on the CIEE USA High School Plus program attend an orientation which prepares them for their experience in the U.S. Arrival orientation activities include informational workshops about living and studying in the U.S., sightseeing tours, accommodations, and meals. After orientation, students travel to their homestay or school communities.

Students receive year-long supervision by CIEE Local Coordinators, offering a second line of personal care beyond the host family or dorm parents. Local Coordinators also organize fun and educational activities for all CIEE students in their area.

The CIEE Portland Office Support Team is also available 24 hours per day for students, host families, and host schools at 1.800.448.9944. Natural parents may contact their in-country representative at any time.

Additional Resources for Students and Families
CIEE wants every student to have a successful exchange experience in the U.S. There are a number of resources available to students, parents, host families, and even schools at any time during the year. Additional information can be found at these useful websites:

SEVP (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Website)
U.S. Department of State
Insurance Information
Currency Converter

Application Form