So, your child wants to join a State Department exchange program?

The U.S. Department of State understands that parents have a number of questions and concerns about their student studying abroad. Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions, read stories on past experiences from a parent’s perspective, and learn about the benefits of study abroad.

What are the benefits of participating in a State Department exchange program?

Whether your child is in high school or college, a study abroad or international exchange program through the State Department will be an enriching experience.  Opportunities to learn new language skills, confidence, and leadership are just some of the benefits of an exchange.  

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Why study abroad? Hear stories from U.S. students, research destinations, and find information about U.S. and foreign government programs for students, scholars, educators, and institutions.
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In their own words

Alexandra Gest
Alexandra G. Participant Texas Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad Bosnia and Herzegovina Read the story