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Mission Statement

EF High School Exchange Year is the leader in high school exchange, committed to promoting global awareness for more than 40 years. Since 1979, EF High School Exchange Year has placed more than 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 High School Exchange Year 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 High School Exchange Year 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. Placing the right student with the right family is a top priority.

To learn more about EF High School Exchange Year and how to get involved, express interest on VolunteerMatch, go to efexchangeyear.org, or call 1-800-447-4273.


Average Review 43 reviews

Would you recommend EF High School Exchange Year?

by Janet D. (August 10, 2011)
EF Foundation is one of the most amazing organizations that we have ever been involved with. The support and the organizational skills of everyone that works with EF Foundation is amazing. We have been involved with them for over 7 years now and have enjoyed every minute of our time with the students and also the staff. Great program!
by Tracie S. (August 10, 2011)
My husband and I have been hosting students with EF since 2004. We are currently hosting our 12th and 13th students. EF has been a great support system and their volunteer staff have always been there to help us resolve any issues we may have. We have really enjoyed their quick responses when we have questions and the way they remain involved with the students ensuring that their year is a smooth one. You always hear these horror stories from individuals who host from other organizations but you never hear such negative things about EF. Whenever someone has an issue with another organization and it has left a sour taste in their mouths about hosting exchange students, I always refer them to EF and tell them to give it another try with this organization and they won't be sorry. I will continue hosting with EF for many many years to come!
by Linda R. (August 9, 2011)
This is my 6th year hosting with EF. My 8th student arrives in two days. EF is so incredible to work with. The students are thoroughly screened, are able to speak English but not yet perfectly, and are excited to be able to spend a school year in the USA. The staff in the Boston office and those in the field are so helpful. There is always someone there to help 24/7. A wonderful organization which I highly recommend. All the students I have hosted are now part of my family....friends for life. They are so much fun to be around and we learn so much from each other.
by edie m. (August 9, 2011)
ef is a great organization. the support for students and host families is marvelouse. the connections around the world is the greatest thing with the ongoing ralationships that are formed with students who become life long members of their new families in America.
by Brenda J. from Woods Cross, UT (August 9, 2011)
I have worked with EF for over 10 years both as a coordinator and as a host family -- we are currently hosting our 7th student. EF is a strong organization that cares about their students, field staff and host families. My family has benefited so much from the culture that is shared with us and we have made friends all over the world! Come and join us -- you will love it!