High School Exchange in the USA

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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

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 Public High School in the USA, while being hosted by a volunteer 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. Specific locations cannot be requested.  

Highlights of the Program

  • Host families welcome students voluntarily 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 are volunteers and provide room and board, as well as the care and support necessary for students, as they learn and adjust to life in the US.
  • Graduation is not possible during your experience in a public High School in the USA.

    School type: Exchange students are placed in Public Schools all across the U.S.A. 


    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.

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    Study abroad in the USA and live with a host family, providing half board on weekdays, and full board on weekends.
    The volunteer 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.



    For this student 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. 


    High School program in the USA

    * Price in US Dollars per participant. 

    ** Programs subject to a specific agreement with Nacel Open Door USA.

    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
    Apply at least 6 months before arrival.

    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.


    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.

    Mother of Léane
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