Update on EF’s response to COVID-19

To our exchange community,

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our U.S. exchange program this fall. Previously, we were optimistic we could fulfill students’ dreams, and we began preparing students and host families virtually for what exchange might look like in unique circumstances.

It has become clear through the continued spread of COVID-19 and the additional logistical requirements of the Department of State that cancelling the fall program is the most responsible option. Our global teams are currently working to contact those affected by this decision.

While we are all saddened that students and host families won’t have the opportunity to bond at a backyard barbecue or experience the first day of school, we are optimistic about the future. Many of our students have decided to defer their exchange experience to next year, and it will take our entire global family working together to bring those dreams of exchange to life. Will you be part of that journey?

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