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Forte International Exchange Association

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • International


7115 Leesburg PikeSuite 217Falls Church, VA 22043 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Forte International Exchange Association is to promote cultural exchange and to foster mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and other nations worldwide. Our dedicated and mature staff seeks not only to promote student exchange programming but relationship building through public diplomacy. We serve the people who have committed to participate with Forte in this exchange adventure. Join us as we strive to build a peaceful worldwide community through this experience!


Since 2000, Forte International Exchange Association has offered the opportunity for academic and cultural exchange to international high school students who would like to come to the United States on a J-1 Visa.

Public diplomacy is at the core of the J-1 Visa exchange program. Our students learn about American culture, customs and ideals while living with American host families and attending high school. Host families in return learn about the customs, culture, and ideals of the students they host. FIEA has close partnerships with overseas agents that carefully screen and select students with the appropriate age, background, English language skills, and attitude for participating in the international exchange program, while American host families are screened through a process that includes a criminal background check, home inspection, and host family interview.

FIEA is regulated by the U.S. Department of State guidelines, ensures that each Local Representative is certified by the Department of State, and adheres closely to the rules and regulations that are in place to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of each student.

FIEA is an independent nonprofit educational and cultural exchange program based in the Greater Washington, DC area. FIEA is a designated sponsor for the J-1 Visa.

FIEA is endorsed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).


Would you recommend Forte International Exchange Association?
2 reviews Write a review
by waleed i. (November 3, 2015)
i would like to help the Community and get experience and excellence skills so i can update my self in right view
by Luv B. from Yorktown, VA (July 19, 2013)
Forte International is a top notch student exchange program! What makes Forte unique from other exchange organizations? They take the time to LISTEN! Forte staff go out of their way to support their host families and exchange students throughout the exchange. They provide monthly contact with the students, schools and families. The local reps organize events for their students as well as have orientations to prepare both the students and host family for their amazing experience. Any concerns are addressed promptly and are well handled through a team of support staff who are available to you for any questions you may have. Their students are AWESOME kids ~ I highly recommend you to contact Forte today if you are considering hosting!

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