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2016 - 2017 Advisory List of International Educational Travel: Includes a Model School Policy for Educators, CSIET Standards, & Information On Federal Visa Regulations

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2016 - 2017 Advisory List of International Educational Travel: Includes a Model School Policy for Educators, CSIET Standards, & Information On Federal Visa Regulations

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Aug 9, 2016
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9781483451985
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CSIET’s (The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel’s) Advisory List features the international student exchange organizations accepted for listing for the 2016-2017 academic year, including specific listing status (Full, Provisional, Conditional), visa type, contact information, and countries served.

The programs listed in this book were found to be in compliance with CSIET Standards based on the information available to CSIET and/or a compliance audit process conducted by independent certified public accountants. Listing is neither an endorsement of an organization nor a guarantee of the quality of its programs.
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J-1 INBOUND

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE)

AFS-USA, INC.

American Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc.

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

ACES - American Cultural Exchange Service

AIFS Foundation - Academic Year in America

Amicus International Student Exchange

Aspect Foundation

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ASSIST: Today’s Scholars; Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Association for Teen-Age Diplomats

Ayusa International

CCI Greenheart

Children of All Nations

Council for Educational Travel, USA

Council on International Educational Exchange

Cultural Academic Student Exchange Inc.Cultural Academic Student Exchange

Cultural Homestay International

Educational Merit Foundation

Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT/SHARE!)

Education Travel & Culture

EF High School Exchange Year

Face the World Foundation

Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG)

Forte International Exchange Association

Foundation for Academic Cultural Exchange (FACE)

The Foundation for Worldwide International Student Exchange

German American Partnership Program, Inc.

Global Insights

iE-international Experience USA

International Cultural Exchange Services

International Fellowship, Inc.

International Student Exchange

Nacel Open Door

NorthWest Student Exchange

NW Services, Inc. PEACE Program

Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations

Pro American Educational Cultural Exchange (PEACE) (PEACE)

PAX - Program of Academic Exchange and Laurasian Institution

Reflections International, Inc.

Rotary Youth Exchange Programs

Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Inc.

Eastern States Student Exchange, Inc. (ESSEX)

Empire State Youth Exchange Program

North Star Rotary Districts 5950 and 5960 Youth Exchange

Ohio-Erie Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary California-Nevada District 5190

Rotary YES/SCANEX

Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, Inc.

South Central Rotary Youth Exchange

Western States Student Exchange, Inc

States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs

STS Foundation

Student American International

Terra Lingua USA

United Studies Student Exchange

World Learning Youth Programs

World Link

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA)

F-1 INBOUND

Academic Opportunities in America

AHLI - American Home Life International

American Homestay Services

AmeriStudent

AnB Education (Summa Global Education Group)

Apex International Education Partners (AIEP)

AACEA (Asian American Cultural Exchange Association)

ASSIST: Today’s Scholars; Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Best Educational Solutions Today(BEST)

C&T Education, Ltd

CCI Greenheart

CET International

Children Around the World

Council on International Educational Exchange

Discoveries Academic Student Homestay (DASH)

DMD Private High School Program

EduBoston

Educatius International

Exchange Service International

Faith Christian Academy

Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG)

Gphomestay/The Cambridge Institute of International Education

Heritage Student Foundation

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International Education Opportunities/Global Connections Homestays, LLC

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Newcomb Central School District Exchange Program

New World Academic and Cultural Exchange

Northeast Student Consulting LLC (NESC)

Portland Education Tour Center (Azumano)

PSE - Private & Public School F-1 Exchange

Renascentia Hall, LLC

STS USA (STS Global Studies)

Tiancheng International Group, Inc: Ivy International Group

Topton Group

University Track Preparation

The Zource Inc.

OUTBOUND

AFS-USA, INC.

ASSE and World Heritage International Student Exchange Programs

Council on International Educational Exchange

Greenheart Travel

The Traveling School

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA)

SHORT-TERM

Topton Group

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA)

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2016-2017

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Includes a Model School Policy for Educators, CSIET Standards, & Information on Federal Visa Regulations

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IMPORTANT NOTE

The 2016-2017 Advisory List features information about those programs that were audited during the 2015-2016 program cycle and granted Provisional, Full or Conditional Listing.

On April 30th, 2012 the CSIET Board of Directors met and reviewed CSIET’s process for listing of Inbound, Outbound and Short-term programs in the Advisory List of International and Educational Travel & Exchange Programs. The CSIET Board unanimously agreed that CSIET should expand listing to four separate categories. Accordingly, for the 2016-2017 Advisory List, the approved CSIET listing categories are as follows:

— Inbound J-1 Programs

— Inbound F-1 Programs

— Outbound Programs

— Short-term Programs (Inbound and Outbound)

The programs listed in this book were found to be in compliance with CSIET Standards based on the information available to CSIET utilizing a compliance audit process conducted by independent certified public accountants. Listing is neither an endorsement of an organization nor a guarantee of the quality of its programs. In addition, listing by CSIET does not suggest that only listed organizations are legitimate.

CSIET membership does not denote acceptance for listing in the Advisory List.

About the Cover: the 2016-2017 Advisory List was designed by Matilda Olsson, an exchange student from Gothenburg, Sweden, was a 2015-2016 full academic year student through STS Foundation, a fully CSIET-listed J-1 exchange organization. A note from the artist: As an exchange student, I’ve not only gotten a second family and friends in my host country. I’ve also met other exchange students from all over the world. Exchange year is so much more than just a year abroad. It’s about representing your country and building relationships across borders through all these amazing moments that will be with us forever. My cover is about just that; uniting the world through exchange year.

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Table of Contents

Letter from the Chair

About CSIET

Model School Policy on International Student Exchange

What Students and Families Should Know

Financial Aid, Scholarship, and Government Exchange Opportunities

Definitions of Inbound, Outbound, and Short-term Programs

CSIET Listing of International Exchange Organizations

CSIET Standards for Long-Term, Inbound International Student Exchange Programs

CSIET Standards for Short-Term International Educational Travel Programs

CSIET BYLAWS

Additional Resources

CSIET Members for 2015-2016

Letter from the Chair

May 2016

Dear Reader:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Council on Standards for International Educatio-nal Travel (CSIET), I am pleased to present the 2016-2017 Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs. This list includes only those international youth exchange programs that have been found to be in compliance with CSIET Standards. It is intended to help secondary school administrators, principals, parents, and youth identify reputable programs. Secondary school administrators continue to be loyal advocates of the Advisory List by requiring that exchange programs be listed in order to place students in their schools and afford them specific opportunities and privileges.

CSIET once again utilized compliance audits conducted by independent certified public accountants in order to conduct its annual review and listing process. The process includes an evaluation of compliance audits by CSIET staff whose work is reviewed and overseen by the CSIET Board of Directors. This year’s Advisory List also continues to include those short term programs (less than one academic semester) that have met CSIET’s evaluation standards.

The Advisory List also features the Inbound and Outbound Model School Policy on International Student Exchange a policy designed by CSIET member schools and exchange organizations to assist American secondary schools in administering successful and compliant international exchange programs. These guiding principles provide a foundation for local school policies and encourage every U.S. school to engage in international youth exchange programs. The model school policy has been endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

CSIET is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is funded through private donations, grants, membership dues, conference receipts and the application fees paid by exchange programs. Please consider making a donation to CSIET to help support the ongoing review and monitoring of international youth exchange programs throughout the year.

CSIET continues to be the world leader in supporting safe and successful people-to-people exchanges for secondary school students. As the need for these types of exchanges continues to grow in importance, CSIET is poised to continue supporting those who believe that cross-cultural experiences are vital to global understanding and global diplomacy.

We truly appreciate your support of international youth exchange programs and CSIET. If you have any questions about our mission or operations, the Board of Directors encourages you to contact the CSIET office.

Julian Tackett Signature

Julian Tackett, Chair

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

Council on Standards for

International Educational Travel

2015-2016 Board of Directors

CSIET Staff:

Christopher Page, Executive Director

Charissa Slack, Director of Marketing & Communications

Anna Damewood, Director of Membership & Conference Programming

Angie Phillips, Program Officer

About CSIET

The Mission of CSIET

The mission of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) is to provide leadership and support for the exchange and educational communities to ensure that youth are provided with safe and valuable international and cultural exchange experiences.

CSIET’s purpose is to identify those organizations that successfully demonstrate:

• Commitment to CSIET Standards;

• Dedication to the development and sharing of Community Best Practices; and

• Support for the educational value of international youth exchange

CSIET achieves its mission by setting standards for international youth exchange programs; monitoring organizations’ compliance with CSIET Standards; publishing the results of the review process in the Advisory List; and distributing the Advisory List throughout the education community. CSIET operates through a network of national and state educational associations, exchange organizations, secondary schools, parents, students, and community groups.

The Listing Process

Application for listing in the Advisory List is voluntary. Organizations must reapply for listing annually.

In response to increased compliance oversight and regulatory enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the CSIET Board voted in March of 2007 to restructure the CSIET review process. Specifically, the Board voted to officially accept compliance audits (conducted by an independent certified public accountant) using CSIET audit templates. These audit results serve as the basis of F-1, Outbound, and Short-term listing. J-1 listing is based on good standing with both CSIET and the Department of State.

CSIET Listing

CSIET publishes the results of the review process in the Advisory List as a service to students, educators, and families so that they may identify reputable exchange organizations. The CSIET Board of Directors created the following three types of listing to indicate each organization’s level of compliance with the CSIET Standards.

Provisional Listing: The Provisional Listing status is granted to an organization applying for its first or second year of listing that is found to be in full compliance with CSIET Standards.

Full Listing: After two years of Provisional Listing an organization found to be in full compliance with CSIET Standards is granted Full Listing status.

Conditional Listing: The Conditional Listing status is granted to an organization in need of improvement in one or more areas but deemed substantially in compliance with CSIET Standards. This status may be granted to an organization that had previously achieved either a second-year Provisional, Full, or Conditional Listing.

On April 30th, 2012 the CSIET Board of Directors reviewed CSIET’s process for listing of Inbound, Outbound and Short-term programs in the Advisory List of International and Educational Travel & Exchange Programs. The CSIET Board unanimously agreed that CSIET should expand listing to four separate categories. Accordingly, for the 2016-2017 evaluation cycle, the approved CSIET listing categories are as follows:

• Inbound J-1 Programs

• Inbound F-1 Programs

• Outbound Programs

• Short-term Programs (Inbound and Outbound)

The CSIET Certification Mark

The CSIET certification mark is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Only organizations accepted for listing in the 2016-2017 Advisory List may use the CSIET trademark bearing the phrase Accepted for Listing and the dates 2016-2017. Call the CSIET office if you have any questions about whether a program is accepted for listing.

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Brief History of CSIET

In 1982, the President’s International Youth Exchange Initiative encouraged schools and communities to embrace international youth exchange. As sensitivity toward exchange increased, educators and administrators of exchange programs began to recognize the need for a means of monitoring performance in the international youth exchange industry.

As a result, the International Youth Exchange Office of the United States Information Agency (now the United States Department of State) commissioned a study by the Council of Chief State School Officers. The study revealed that the lack of industry-wide standards made many school systems uncertain about the quality of exchange programs and reluctant to encourage participation. Prompt action by the private sector was recommended.

In response, representatives of education and exchange communities gathered to develop industry standards and implement a system of program evaluation. The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel was created to uphold the standards and monitor exchange programs in December of 1984.

Model School Policy on International Student Exchange

Introduction

The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), in partnership with the secondary-school community, has developed the following document to assist American schools in the process of administering successful international student exchange programs. The CSIET Model School Policy was developed with valuable input from individual high school administrators, exchange program managers, and national advocates for youth exchange. These suggested guiding principles will provide a foundation for local school policies and encourage every U.S. school to engage in international youth exchange programs.

Current events clearly show how much more interconnected all of us are to the whole world. This gives schools ever more impressive reasons for accepting international exchange students enthusiastically and using them as resources to broaden student and community perspectives on the world.

Youth exchanges provide students with a cultural experience, through which they develop a more balanced understanding of the country. They encourage new perspectives for the school’s own students that open their minds to the world. More importantly, these connections help teenagers on both sides of the exchange grow and gain maturity.

The concept of exchange programs began more than half a century ago with the Fulbright-Hays Act. High-level officials have supported international student exchange every year since. These cross-cultural experiences offer unique opportunities for American schools to help their students and communities:

➢ Learn first-hand about other cultures and customs,

➢ Create life-long friendships across cultures,

➢ Gain new perspectives on the United States and the world,

➢ Begin to understand how tightly connected the peoples and countries of the world are to each other, something our world seriously needs, and

➢ Open young minds to the importance of understanding other languages and other cultures, particularly with respect to career and personal opportunities.

At the same time, schools have a right to expect international exchange students and student exchange programs to adhere to guidelines that will minimize problems and make success more likely. In all international exchange programming, the human dynamic may sometimes complicate matters for administrators. However, the critical element is the ongoing relationship between the exchange program and the school – as well as the responsiveness of the exchange program. Once this relationship is formed and articulated, problems can usually be managed effectively and ultimately resolved.

International exchange students offer an exciting resource. Many schools have created special events and programs to encourage all students to get to know these guests from other cultures and expand their own horizons and interests. Such efforts also help exchange students feel comfortable in an all-new life by taking full advantage of their opportunities.

International youth exchange programs internationalize American high schools – one exchange at a time. Thank you for your support of these seminal programs. You are helping to mold our next generation of world leaders.

As of this printing of the Advisory List, the Model School Policy on International Student Exchange has been endorsed by: the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Inbound Model School Policy

Number of International Exchange Students

American high schools should strive to accept international exchange students each year. The number of international exchange students that a high school will accept and the timing/deadlines for the process vary. These guidelines suggest a middle ground that recognizes the needs of schools and exchange programs, taking into account the increasing difficulty of securing early student applications and host family commitments. Ideally, schools should work toward a goal of 1% of the total student population being comprised of exchange students. Acknowledging that school conditions vary locally, it is important to set a personal goal that best fits each school community.

Timing of Placement Process

➢ The school asks that organizations contact the school each year to indicate an interest in placing exchange students. Exchange organizations should provide schools with advance notice of their intent to place.

➢ The school is to be notified as soon as Student and Host Family match-ups are confirmed.

➢ Recognizing the timing of school staffing and resourcing, exchange organizations should submit Student and Host Family applications as early as possible or up to two weeks prior to the school’s start date. However, acknowledging the difficulty of securing Host Family commitments, the school will try to accept applications until school starts (Note: The U.S. State Department federal J-visa regulations permit the placement of exchange students up to August 31 of each year).

Selecting Student Exchange Programs

➢ The school reserves the right to work with exchange organizations that have proved their commitment and responsiveness.

➢ The school will also be open to new organizations that demonstrate a serious commitment to the school and community.

School Expectations of Student Exchange Programs

All schools should reserve right of final approval on all student placements. Additionally, schools should require that each individual student exchange program:

➢ Be listed in the most current CSIET Advisory List (for the current list visit www.csiet.org),

➢ Maintain a network of qualified and trained local representatives living in or near the community with responsibility for each student – and provide orientation and ongoing support for both the host family and student,

➢ Provide continuing hands-on monitoring and responsiveness – from local representative to national headquarters – including student selection and preparation, selection and screening of host families, ongoing contact with host family and student, and communication with the school and responsiveness to school needs,

➢ Receive school enrollment authorization for placements each year prior to contacting potential host families – and

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