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Mission Statement

Our goal is to facilitate in students a real recognition of the value of diversity, an appreciation of the unique qualities of other countries and cultures, increased self-esteem and confidence and a better developed ability to recognize opportunities and solve problems with a multi-cultural perspective. The EMF student experience reaches teenagers and young adults at the time when they are shaping their views of the world and making critical, lifelong choices about their continuing education and careers.


Educational Merit Foundation is a Texas-based 501(c)3 non-profit student exchange foundation which was founded in 1991 at Garland, Texas. We are designated as an exchange-visitor program by the United States Department of State.

We link secondary school students with volunteer host families and high schools throughout the United States for either a semester or full academic year of study and life in the United States. Each student is matched with a suitable volunteer host family and attends a public or private high school in the area.

We are dedicated to the promotion of global understanding through international friendship. Our goal is to help young people around the world experience life in another country. We believe that the experience of living in a foreign country, learning both its language and culture, changes one's outlook on life for the better. Through its programs, EMF offers students the chance to become "citizens of the world!"



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