Explore YOUR World

America only seen through a television screen is very different than America experienced in person. An educational or cultural exchange program to the U.S. can help you better understand yourself and the world around you. Learn about the benefits Participating in an exchange program to the U.S. has a lot to offer. – Read/view/hear personal stories from students just like you on what it’s like to travel to the United States and get tips on adjusting to a new culture.

Before you Go

Preparing a checklist prior to your departure is the best way to ensure proper planning and a successful exchange experience. From packing the right attire to calling your bank before you go—be sure to write down all the important things that need to get done.

After you Return

Participation in an exchange program is not a one-time event, but the beginning of an exchange of ideas that continues throughout your life. International Exchange Alumni offers support to alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs through resources such as:

  • International Exchange Alumni, an online global community for current and former USG-sponsored exchange program participants;
  • Alumni Associations in every region of the world;
  • Alumni related events; and
  • Opportunities to give back your community via volunteering, projects, or mentor programs.
Fulbright U.S. Student, Khawaja Zain-ul-abdin
Why Should I Participate in a State Department Exchange Program?

Educational and cultural exchange programs support personal growth, lead to a deeper understanding of foreign cultures and improve international relationships.

Tips for Adjusting to a New Culture

Learn how to work through culture shock and make the best of your exchange experience.

In their own words

Supporting the Next Generation - Participant Story, English Access Microscholarship
Afiny M. Participant Secondary/High School Students Cambodia English Access Microscholarship Program United States Read the story
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