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Mission Statement

Dedicated to personal attention for every participant, NWSE promotes cultural exchange, foreign language study and international education by creating affordable opportunities for high school students to participate in international exchanges. These unique opportunities for personal development, new perspectives and insights, and foreign language competency help prepare students for success in the global marketplace and improve international understanding. NWSE program participants raise their global awareness by building long-lasting international friendships and memories.


Established in 1987, North West Student Exchange is a non-profit, international high school exchange organization, designated by the U.S. Department of State and listed with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

North West Student Exchange offers a variety of international exchange opportunities for both international and American youth: academic-year, reciprocal, semester, and summer programs.

Students enjoy living with their host families, attending high school, while receiving supervision from local NWSE Academic Coordinators. They also participate in community or NWSE-sponsored cultural and social events. NWSE provides student and host family orientations, and coordinates medical and accident insurance, travel, and visas for all exchange participants.

NWSE screens and selects all participating students and their host families. Our screening and matching process works! Over the years, NWSE has maintained a high Student Placement Success Rate. Only rarely do our students have to be relocated to a family other than the originally NWSE-screened family.



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