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How long will my exchange program last?

Your exchange will last for one academic year - approximately 10 months. J-1 exchanges are limited to a maximum of one academic year in length.

May I play a sport or participate in an activity?

USA high schools often conduct tryouts for sports and there are teams at varying skill levels. Your sport may or may not be popular at your high school and it may be available at the club level. While HSUSA can’t promise participation on a high school sports team, with few exceptions anyone can try out for the sports they carry. It’s common for students to participate in after school activities and an exceptional way for exchange students to make friends and participate in the USA high school experience.

Can I graduate from my high school abroad?

Each host school and school district has its own requirements. Student can receive an official transcript of their grades at the completion of the school year by requesting for one from their host school.

Will I receive credit for my school year in America with my home school?

Your home school may or may not receive your credits. You’ll have to ask with your home school.

Can I get my drivers license while I’m abroad?

Exchange students aren’t allowed to drive while on their exchange program.

How are the placements with host families determined?

HSUSA places a high value on finding the best possible family for each exchange student. When a family applies to host, we interview them in their home, check their references, and review the students application to make sure the student and family are a good match. We match by interests and major themes you’d have in common as well as making sure the home environment doesn’t conflict with allergies or lifestyle circumstances you may have.

Can I chose which city in the USA I’m placed?

HSUSA doesn’t allow applicants to chose the location of their placement. Students are often inexperienced in knowing where a good place to live would be. For 99% of students, New Your City is far better place to visit than live. Our experience shows that having a good host family and school match is a far superior factor to a successful exchange year than location.

What does the preparation look like?

HSUSA leads the exchange program industry in training for cultural assimilation. We have seven video modules of training that you’ll process with our sending partners or our staff in our Nashville, Tennessee, USA office. We will also go through a 2 hour orientation with you before you leave and after you arrive in the USA.

Who can I ask if I have questions?

Click here to contact us. You can contact our sending partner in your country or our US Team. HSUSA - HIGH SCHOOL IN THE USA +1-615-3912618



Check this out! This interactive map gives you an instant look at where our former participants lived and studied. We also added in the extracurricular activities so you can see what your HIGH SCHOOL in the USA experience might look like!

Here is a quick guide:

Yellow pins represent small towns

Green pins represent medium/large town or city 

Blue pins are for big cities

Purple flags show states where we currently have a Local Coordinator*

Purple balloons show states where we are expanding this year,


Click on a pin to see more info about a specific placement/place. If you scroll down, you will also have access to photos of the town and the local high school!

Cool, isn't it?


* Local Coordinators are HSUSA staff who will be the point of liaison between you and your host family.