Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1)

Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1)
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Study abroad in the USA thanks to our American high school exchange program! If you always wanted to be an Exchange student in the United States, this is your opportunity! Improve your English there for a semester or for the school year. Live with an American host family and meet new friends at high school. 

You may also study in an American school in France and graduate with a US High School Diploma in Paris! Looking for high school study abroad programs in English? Discover all our destinations to study in English

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  • study abroad United States
  • age from 15 to 18 years old
  • Language English
  • dates August to June
  • length Semester, Academic Year
Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Description

Sold Out! NOTE: This Exchange Program in the USA is fully booked. Please consider a:

We also welcome international students for American summer homestay immersions

Learn English in a language school in the USA: Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco

NOTA: ¿Es usted español? Descubre nuestro año escolar en USATenemos algunas plazas más disponibles para estudiantes españoles que deseen realizar el programa de intercambio escolar en Estados Unidos. ¡Contáctanos ahora!

Alternative program: study in an American school in Paris! This international school in Paris teaches you the US High School curriculum and you can even graduate with a US High School Diploma. the school welcomes students in Grade 10, 11 and 12. 

Be an exchange student in the USA

This High School exchange in the USA is ideally designed for those students that have a good English level and are ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind educational experience, in a Private High School in the USA, while being hosted by a host family. 

International Students will join classes like any other student, and take courses such as: English (Grammar, Writing, Literature, Theater, etc…), Physical Education (including medicine and hygiene courses), Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences (including the History of the United States and the Constitution of the US Government), Business, Psychology, Philosophy, Industrial design and economy, among others.

Exchange students are sent all across America. 

Highlights of the Program

  • Host families welcome students as a member of their own family. They want students to participate in family and school activities and learn more about the American lifestyle and culture. They also want to learn about the students’ country and culture.
  • These families provide room and board, as well as the care and support necessary for students, as they learn and adjust to life in the US.


    Apply for your exchange program in the USA at least 6 months before arrival. Places are very limited!
    Late applications may be accepted, depending on availability and visa processing times.

    Interested in studying in an American High School abroad? Consider studying at our American high schools in Paris area, France: Notre-Dame International High School.

  • Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Video
    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Activities

    During your school year in the USA, you participate in extracurricular activities offered at the High School. It's the best way to integrate into your new community and truly live like a young American. The exchange program in the United States is not only academic but cultural.

    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Accommodation

    Study abroad in the USA and live with a host family, providing half board on weekdays, and full board on weekends.
    The host families chosen for the High School exchange in the USA are middle-class families, who are willing to share their lives, hearts and home with an exchange high school student. Extra-curricular activities are offered by all American high schools: sports and music are really popular, but photography or volunteer work may also be proposed. These activities are a good way to integrate and to make friends among American students during your High School program in the USA.


    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Procedures

    For this student exchange in the USA, please contact one of our Nacel advisers. You will have to go through a rigorous application process, therefore we will be putting you in contact with our closest partner available. 

    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Prices

    High School exchange in the USA

    NOTE: This Exchange Program in the USA is  fully booked. Please consider a Private Exchange program in the USA

    Please expect a budget of about 15 000 USD minimum for your school year in the USA. We do not offer any scholarship for this program. 

    Not included : Application Fees (65 EUR)

    Price includes

    • Administration fees
    • Host school placement
    • Host family placement and accommodation with full board
    • Monthly contact reports
    • Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program
    • Medical, Liability and Emergency Repatriation Insurance

    Price does not include

    • International airfare
    • Travel insurance (luggage lost, flight delay etc.)
    • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
    • School lunches, school fees (registration, books, lockers, laboratories, gym/physical education, yearbook, class ring, letter jacket, student activities, subject material etc.)
    • Transportation to and from school
    • Extra activities organized by schools and others
    • Personal expenses and pocket money
    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Deadline
    Apply at least 6 months before arrival.
    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Eligibility

    Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted in this High School exchange in the USA (preferably in English).
    They should not yet have graduated in their home country. A minimum of 5 years of English study and above average academic results are required.
    A ELTIS language test will be required during the application process.

    Public High School Exchange in the USA (J-1) : Testimonials

    I went to the USA during the 2017/2018 school year. My host family lived in a small town (Smithfield) in North Carolina. I LOVED my year there: the sports I played (baseball, basketball, softball), the trips I took (Washington DC and Universal Studios in Florida), American life and going to school... It was the best experience of my life! I loved living this American experience with a wonderful host family! Future exchange students, take full advantage of your unique experience, because time passes extremely quickly!


    Leane came home safely. With a heavy heart, certainly, after the wonderful year she just spent in Smithfield! The next few days may be difficult. A superb experience made of beautiful encounters, a generous family, a new culture, a year rich in discoveries and autonomy, and above all a desire to travel and travel around the world! Thanks again to Nacel for this flawless organization. Impeccable management from every point of view, which means that we too have experienced the separation perfectly well.


    I left Italy with my parents on the 18 of August. When I arrived to Washington DC we drove down to Leonard town where we took a room in a Best Western hotel. When I finally moved to my host family it was like a dream, the house was on the river and there were many activities to do on the water such as wakeboarding, canoeing, fishing, boating... My new brother was two years younger than me, he was very friendly. My English understanding was quite good with adults but not with teenagers, I couldn't understand their slang immediately; I also had many troubles with my Italian accent even if girls loved it.

    My classes were: British literature, American government, trigonometry, physics, world cultures, sacraments and business math. I had no difficulties to study in the English language. As sport activity I chose sailing, it was very nice to spend hours after school on the water. After the first month I started to understand all the school system and I was able to speak with teenagers easily. My daily routine was: wake up at 6 am, one hour of bus riding to school, school till 2.30 with lunch included, 2 hours of sailing, go back home by car or bus, study, have dinner around 7pm and turn off the lights at midnight.

    My host parents were fine, they worked a lot so sometimes they were stressed but it wasn't a big problem, my host mother helped me a lot in understanding the school system and speaking with teachers to give me some pieces of advice.

    I liked a lot the school system without any book but with only the ipad, it was easier to organize stuff. Classes were easier compared to my school in Italy; my final grades were all positive except for sacraments.

    At the end of the semester in the US I could understand perfectly the English language and I improved my speaking skills.

    The thing I enjoyed the most at school were the open space, every time you end a class you go outside and have a walk to go to the next class. I liked a lot this experience and I suggest it to everyone.


    Getting to study in the United States for the school year 2018-2019 was a dream come true. My american dream came true! :) Yutah is absolutely breathtaking. My host family was awesome to me. I hope they come to visit me in Germany very soon! 


    During my semester in the U.S.A,  I was constantly surrounded by friendly people; from my host family, teachers to classmates. I would definetely recommend this program to anyone who is seeking for personal growth and development, adventures, fun and lifelong friendships!


    Semester was great. Great program! Thanks


    The school year went by fast. The life of my host family inspired me a lot. They were super-organized and each one had many dreams to fulfill. And so I learned with them to get up early, take care a little more about my physical and mental health. I was able to go to yoga with them and I liked it a lot! As soon as I get home in Estonia, I will sign up for Yoga and driving lessons. This year in the United States is undoubtedly helping me a lot to mature and grow as a person. Thank you very much Nacel for choosing the Pearson Family for me. They are really amazing. The sadness of being away from my family passed quickly as I began to focus on my goals at school in the United States. At school I met new people and we went out together a few times during the weekends.

    I hope that future students who participate in this program will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it. It is an experience that changes your life for the better forever.

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