Experience the world! Attend a high school in the US and your life will never be the same
Perhaps you’ve dreamed about becoming an exchange student since you were old enough to go to school. Maybe you had a sibling or a friend who studied abroad and shared their experience with you. Whatever your reason for being here, we are excited for you and your future. You are about to embark on a journey that thousands of others just like you have done before and many thousands will do after.
Greenheart Exchange has been a sponsor of the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa since 1985. In our first year, we helped seven Spanish students find host families and attend high school in the U.S. on the J-1 visa. Now, we welcome over 1,000 participants each year who live with American families and study in high schools all across America.
There are two visas for high school programs:
The Department of State implemented a toll-free number (1-866-283-9090) for secondary school students, which was effective August 1, 2009. The toll-free number can be used by host families, exchange students and the public to report circumstances impacting the students’ health, safety and well being during their exchange visitor programs. You may also email the Department at jvisas[at]state[dot]gov.
J-1 Visa Basics
F-1 Visa Basics
The Chicago Welcome Weekend is an optional add-on for both F-1 and J-1 high school participants. This 4-day, 3-night program prepares students to have a successful exchange year.
You’ll gain in-depth information of what it is like to live with an American host family and attend an American high school. You’ll also learn the importance of volunteerism in American culture and participate in a service activity. In addition, we’ll have fun exploring the city of Chicago, shopping and seeing the sights. You’ll make new friends and leave ready to have the best year of your life!
Want to get more out of your exchange experience? Join other J-1 and F-1 exchange students and American high school students on a Greenheart Trip! This is not your average tourist trip. Here’s how we’re different:
Hawaii is one of the United States’ most unique states with a very distinct culture and environment. Enjoy sandy beaches, surfing, swimming and hikes in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. On the trip you also will learn about the Hawaiian culture and history, through a Luau and visits to cultural sites like Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Activities may include:
Greenheart Exchange is designated to administer the FLEX and YES Grant programs for international high school exchange students. Both programs are administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of nonprofit organizations led by American Councils for International Education.
The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) was established in 1992 shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. The program provides an opportunity for students to gain leadership experience, learn about American society, and foster mutual understanding across cultures. The Department of State recognizes that youth exchange is a key component to building bridges between citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world.
FLEX students are from the following countries (may vary annually): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) was established in October 2002, in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program awards scholarships to high school students from countries with a significant Muslim population. YES students come from more than 40 countries.
Interested participants should apply through American Councils, as Greenheart Exchange only acts as an approved placement organization but is not responsible for recruitment of participants.
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