HIGH SCHOOL IN THE USA
Your adventure starts right here!
Every HIGH SCHOOL IN THE USA student
will have a genuine American high school experience, live with a caring host family, and benefit from industry-leading support.
Pre-Departure Cultural Assimilation
training with our Double Thumbs-Up
HSUSA leads the student exchange industry in helping students prepare for their exchange with our seven video modules for students helping them understand the challenges and joys of assimilating to a new culture.
Visa Application Support
from issuing the relevant paperwork to guidance
As an official designated visa sponsor by the US Department of State, we will issue & provide all the documents and guidance you need to get through the J-1 visa application process. Our program includes the SEVIS fees and English Language Fees.
once arrived in the U.S.A.
Every High School USA student who begins their program in August has the opportunity to join us in your new home communities for our kick-off orientation. You will meet other international students and get a full & comprehensive introduction to life in the U.S.
Carefully Selected Host Family
A welcoming and caring second family
Host families are volunteers who want to have the positive experience of caring for an exchange student and who have gone through our extensive application and selection process. They provide room, board and basic transportation.
in an Approved US High School
Participating High Schools are carefully handpicked by our experienced expert staff to ensure they provide the educational opportunities and support to succeed.
A Local Mentor/Coordinator
throughout the year
These experts will be guiding you through the High School USA application process and preparing you for the departure: everything from filling out the forms to providing in-country orientations. Once in the USA, they will act as the second layer of support after your host.
THE PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES:
RETURN TRAVEL FLIGHT
Our expert staff will book your return flight from home and back departing from your closest international airport including everything you need to travel free of mind.
HSUSA provides health insurance for all High School USA students. Our insurance is customized to the unique needs of international exchange students so you receive care should a medical issue arise.
24/7 3-LAYER SUPPORT
The health, safety, and well-being of our students is our top priority. Through a coordinated effort between our regional teams, HSUSA office staff, and host families, we ensure all students are safe during their time in the U.S.
LEAD PROGRAM SUBSCRIPTION
Our long experience at helping youth in developing skills for life showed us that it takes more than a classroom to achieve life-goals. This 6-month training on success principles is a proven life changer.
YOUR WELL BEING IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
The health, safety, and well-being of our students is our top priority. Through a coordinated effort between our regional teams, HSUSA office staff, and host families, we ensure every student is safe during their time in the U.S.
We exceed the host family selection requirements of the U.S. Department of State with a very strict vetting process for our host families. HSUSA selects open-minded, welcoming families who wish to invite a new member into their family and share cultures. We consider the relationship between a student and host family to be the most important of your exchange year as they become your second family. They will be there at each and every moment of your exchange year and will be your first point of contact while in the U.S.A.
As with host families, we are very scrupulous with the local coordinators we work with to ensure top-quality support for you. Your Local Coordinator is highly trained in intercultural communication, mediation, and support, and will be a mentor and friend to you. They are available 24/7. The Local Coordinator will welcome you to your host community, introduce you to your host family, and complete regular supervision reports for your parents at home.
Our dedicated and experienced support team in Nashville, TN is available by phone to support all program participants in the event of an emergency.
EXTRA BONUS: JOIN OUR L.E.A.D. PROGRAM
It takes more than classroom knowledge alone to achieve our goals in life.
For over 150 years, our sister company, Southwestern Advantage, has trained college students on the principles of leadership and community impact. These principles are now being shared with students through a nationwide community called LE∆D.
LE∆D is a program designed to help young people gain the skills and character they need to achieve their goals in life. The program spotlights life skills, emotional intelligence, academics, and making a difference in the community — preparing students for success both before and after graduation.
6 MONTHS PROGRAM FREE ACCESS
Leadership Lessons, Success Principles, Applications
72 Pages Lead Growth Book
Full Access to SWA Global Academy
DISC Personality Assessment
Monthly Webinars featuring successful athletes & business leaders
Lessons on Leadership
Access to LEAD Network
Our information form connects you with the HSUSA and we will get you what you need.
You'll take the ELTiS test for English language proficiency and interview with our sending partner.
HSUSA is there to help you at every step along the way.