For Schools

Shared Goals and Best Practices

NWSE shares with your school a focus on positive educational outcomes and supports foreign language study. Our goals:
  • To work with American schools toward educationally valuable, academically successful and enjoyable cultural experiences
  • To select exchange students with the qualifications necessary to succeed academically and socially at their American schools
  • To encourage and select qualified American high school students for educational exchange programs for an academic term overseas.
  • To provide exchange students and host communities with opportunities to build positive relationships and learn about each other’s cultures, languages and life.
  • To allow exchange students to immerse themselves in American culture by participating actively in the daily life and activities of their host family, school, and community.
  • To comply with all school rules, policies and procedures.
NWSE carefully selects, prepares, and monitors students and host families:
  • Exchange student applications submitted to your school include: detailed academic transcripts, essays, teacher recommendations, a physical examination, medical history, immunization records, and other important information.
  • Each program candidate is interviewed in depth to assess their qualifications for the program.
  • NWSE routinely conducts a second round of interviews to better assess the students’ personality, level of English and other qualifications…
  • Students take the standardized English Language Test for International Students (ELTiS, unless exempted by NWSE). If a school requires the test for a student who was exempted, NWSE quickly arranges for the student to take the test. For more information about the ELTiS, please click here.
  • All students participate in a pre-departure orientation in their home country.
  • Upon program start, all students also take part in a post-arrival orientation.
  • All host families are screened, at a minimum, through a detailed application, a background check, an in-home interview with the family, and references. Additional screening procedures may be performed on a case-by-case basis.
  • A person other than the local Academic Coordinator double-checks the living conditions in the host family home.
  • All host families participate in a program orientation.
  • NWSE Academic Coordinators contact separately all exchange students and their host families at least once a month to help us monitor the students’ programs. They also contact schools at least twice per semester to keep track of the student’s academic performance and conduct at school.
  • NWSE also performs additional spot checks with students and host families to help ensure program success.
  • All NWSE exchange students arrive with health insurance that complies with program requirements.

“At first when I was thinking of the exchange, could I do it or not… I was afraid… but then I came here and it has been so, so good. I am…

Leonie from France

“Taking part in this program was much more than living for six months in another continent with different people. I still can’t believe how close I got with my friends…

Chiara from Italy

“This was our first experience. Everything went very smoothly for us. My husband, who was pretty nervous about the whole idea [of hosting], loved the experience. He texted me the…

Laurie and Glenn from Montana, USA

“What I like the best about America is the people…School is really different, very social and not so strict, I love it. How Americans celebrate the holidays has been very surprising…very different…I…

Vivien from Germany
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