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U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

  • Government Partners

NSHSS is pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Youth Programs Division. ECA offers opportunities for students, families, and schools to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through international exchange programs.

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The Youth Programs Division manages exchange programs for high school students. Here’s how to get involved:

Host an International Exchange Student

Hosting international students enriches families, schools, and communities. Hear what students and host families have to say about their experiences. Learn more at

"Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed….and that’s where progress begins.”      
-President Barack Obama

Share your America with an Exchange Student
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Why We Host
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Apply for a Scholarship to Study Abroad

Studying abroad builds global skills and friendships. Hear what U.S. Department of State-sponsored American high school exchange students say about their experiences abroad. Learn more at

"The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world… So when you study abroad, you're actually helping to make America stronger."
- First Lady Michelle Obama

NSLI-Y – Language Learning
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YES Abroad
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– An academic year in Germany