exchange stories
Real Families.
Real Stories.

Each year, almost 3,000 EF exchange students come to the U.S. for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living with a host family, going to an American high school, and becoming part of their local community. Every student and host family has a story. And we love sharing them!

Julia from Norway studied in Westby, Wisconsin

Sister across oceans


Julia discovered life as a big sister in rural Wisconsin, where she was able to share her culture with her younger host siblings. 

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Julia from Norway studied in Westby, Wisconsin

Sister across oceans


Julia discovered life as a big sister in rural Wisconsin, where she was able to share her culture with her younger host siblings. 

 

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Hilly from Sweden studied in Canton, Michigan

MICHIGAN MEMORIES


Living with the Ford family taught Hilly that it's the simple moments that you share together, and the small memories that you build along the way, that mean the most.

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Eli from Austria studied in Ft. Myers, Florida

See Ya Later, Alligator


Eli and her host family learned that after an exchange year, goodbyes are only temporary! The relationships created through exchange last a lifetime.

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Eli from Austria studied in Ft. Myers, Florida

See Ya Later, Alligator


Eli and her host family learned that after an exchange year, goodbyes are only temporary! The relationships created through exchange last a lifetime.

 

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Brage from Norway studied in Springville, Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama


Brage's host family made his exchange year a life-changing experience and gave him an opportunity to be a role model, big brother and best friend. 

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Jenith from Taiwan studied in Lincoln, Nebraska

I feel like i'm at home


Jenith loved how her exchange year made her feel like a ture American girl - from eating popcorn and watching movies on a Friday night, to dancing the night away at prom!

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Jenith from Taiwan studied in Lincoln, Nebraska

I feel like i'm at home


Jenith loved how her exchange year made her feel like a ture American girl - from eating popcorn and watching movies on a Friday night, to dancing the night away at prom!

 

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Cristina from Italy studied in Mead, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Moments


Cristina felt at home in her new community and quickly became an active member. She even helped donate over 1,000 items for a Thanksgiving food drive. 

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