Host an Exchange Student

Why Host with NWSE?

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NorthWest Student Exchange (NWSE) offers quality student exchange programs since 1987.

We are committed to providing each student and host family with individual attention and support to help create an environment for a mutually rewarding exchange experience.

Hosting an exchange student with NWSE makes you part of the NWSE family. Our experienced local area coordinators and program coordinators from our Seattle office support you and your student throughout the exchange. You will always have someone to reach out to for assistance and guidance.

NWSE matches you to your student by conducting interviews and evaluating references, hobbies, personality traits, and essays to help ensure that you have a great experience. NWSE exchange students are eager to travel to the USA, meet you, and immerse themselves in our American way of life. Your exchange student will join you for your normal family activities, attend the local high school, and take part in extracurricular activities with their classmates. NWSE program coordinators have experience living or studying abroad, often on exchange programs. Our area coordinators have hosted many exchange students themselves. We firmly believe in the potential of our programs to build international friendship and understanding as well as provide unparalleled opportunity for intercultural learning and personal growth.

By the end of the school year, the hardest thing about hosting your exchange student is saying goodbye! Host families and students generally stay in close tough for years to come.

How it works:

  1. Register as a host family (without commitment)
  2. An NWSE representative contacts you to provide detailed information about hosting and answer any questions you may have
  3. Complete the NWSE application process, including the host family interview and background check
  4. NWSE introduces you to your exchange student
  5. Pick up your student at the airport to begin your exchange!

Founded in 1987, NWSE is a U.S. Department of State-designated high school student exchange program and has consistently maintained full listing with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

Interested in hosting? Please register for more information.

“My NWSE Exchange has been perfect – the best decision I ever made.”

Emil from Germany

“[NWSE’s] choices of school, the host family, and the coordinator were great! My exchange experience supported by NWSE was valuable and memorable. I would like to recommend NWSE as an…

Namiki from Japan

“I truly felt like a part of the family, whenever I had a problem they helped and we got really close. I could have tons of fun and talk to…

Marius from Germany

“Every person I’ve met here in some way made me think better about myself. And this, I must say, is my biggest impression here. That anytime you talk to somebody –…

Arina from Russia
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