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Mission Statement

EF Foundation for Foreign Study is the leader in high school exchange, committed to promoting global awareness for more than 30 years.

Since 1979, EF Foundation has matched over 100,000 enthusiastic students with caring host families across America. Today, we bring more international students to the United States than any other high school exchange organization.

EF Foundation for Foreign Study is designated by the United States Department of State as an Exchange Program Sponsor, and meets the stringent requirements for full listing by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET).


EF Foundation offers the strongest local and national support network in the industry. Our students, local coordinators, host families and schools have access to our full-time professional staff located at our Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters.

Our staff is available 365 days a year/24 hours a day, and has overall responsibility for each exchange student while they are living in the United States.

Our trained coordinators and placement staff have extensive experience working with thousands of families and schools each year. Matching the right student with the right family is a top priority.

To learn more about EF Foundation for Foreign Study and how to get involved, express interest on VolunteerMatch, go to effoundation.org, or call 1-800-447-4273.




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Average Review 41 reviews

Would you recommend EF Foundation for Foreign Study (effoundation.org)?

by Amy C. (January 23, 2013)
EFFoundation is a wonderful program. I have hosted several students through EF and loved it so much I became an International Exchange Coordinator. I live in Middle TN. South of Nashville. We also offer referral bonuses for anyone who refers a family and for groups, clubs and churches. If your are interested in Hosting feel free to contact me. Amy Christle International Exchange Coordinator EF Foundation for Foreign Study Exchange Student Program http://www.effoundation.org 1-800-44-share Corporate Office 810-429-3939 Direct Contact
by Lynette W. (August 12, 2011)
I LOVE EF Foundation because they are so professional and helpful. I have hosted with this organization for three years in a row and they're so good at regularly checking up with our family and the student. They also plan great activities for the students to be able to participate in while they are here which is fun for the students to be able to do things with other exchange students. This is a wonderful organization and I will continue to work with them as long as I am involved with exchange students.
by Veronique M. (August 11, 2011)
The students are wonderful. The support that you receive while the student is here is unsurpassed. You feel like part of a family from start to finish.
by Amber D. (March 29, 2010)
I am in my third year as a volunteer coordinator with EF and it is incredibly rewarding. The students are top notch, and the organization treats its coordinators incredibly well. What a great way to become familiar with other cultures and learn even more about your own.
by Ginna K. from Johnson City, TN (March 29, 2010)
I'm hosting my 24th student with EF, and the students are wonderful!! This organization I would highly recommend, not only for the quality of staff, but also their volunteers out in the field and their students. I'll keep on hosting without a doubt!!
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