EF Education First is the world's largest private educational institution. Founded in 1965, EF offers a range of educational programs, from language training and educational travel to academic degrees and cultural exchange. With more than 450 offices in 50 countries, and a mission to break down barriers in language, culture, and geography, EF has helped millions of people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world.
We are proud to be the leader in high school exchange. From the day you decide to host a foreign exchange student, until their last memorable days in the U.S., EF is with you every step of the way.
Our host family application and screening process goes far beyond U.S. State Department requirements, so we know our families all across America are caring, reliable and thrilled to host their students!
We have amazing students! Every EF exchange student goes through a thorough application process before being accepted into the program, including an interview, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and a health screening.
Throughout the year, host families and students can count on 24/7 support from EF. Whether it's the local exchange coordinator, regional coordinator, or full-time EF staff in Boston, we're always there when you need us.
Our Travel Support Team is there 24/7 to make sure our students’ arrivals in the U.S. and end-of-the-year departures are safe and stress-free. We take care of every detail!
EF exchange students, host siblings and friends can explore more of the U.S. on our amazing EF Discovery Tours! We have trips to Los Angeles, New York City, Hawaii and more.
EF exchange students are thoroughly prepared upon their arrival to the U.S. High School Camp gives students a fun way to adjust to the U.S. before they head across the country to their host families.
Meet EF Staff
From our offices all over the world to EF’s main headquarters in Boston, MA, our dedicated staff provides outreach, screening and support to students, host families, schools and local coordinators. We’re there for all our program participants 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Dan | Boston, MA
Dan has been with EF since 2001. Working with the EF team in Boston and across the country (and the world), Dan has helped provide thousands of students and host families with the life-changing experience of high school exchange.
Jen | Boston, MA
EF program counselors are always there to support students, host families, schools and volunteer coordinators throughout the year. And we mean always--that's 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
EF Student Admissions
Bastian | Berlin, Germany
Our teams in the students' home countries evaluate their English level and prepare them for the year ahead. During the exchange, EF staff abroad are also the point of contact for the students' own parents back home.
Host Family Match Team
Kate | Boston, MA
An amazing exchange year starts with the perfect match! Placement managers work with host families and local coordinators across the U.S. to help bring the right student into each home.
EF High School Exchange Year has been promoting global awareness through student exchange for more than 30 years. We bring more students to the U.S. each year than any other high school exchange program, and since 1979 our organization has connected more than 100,000 international students with caring host families across America.
Accreditations and Memberships
EF High School Exchange Year is a 501-C3 certified non-profit corporation.
U.S. Department of State
EF High School Exchange Year is designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate a J-1 student exchange program in the effort of public diplomacy.
A member of the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange.
Council on Standards for International Educational Travel has granted listing to EF in its Advisory List for the current school year.
EF High School Exchange Year is just one of EF's cultural exchange programs that create life-changing experiences for international students and American host families.
Students can take EF language courses online or in the classroom, whether for school, work, or personal growth.
Student groups and adults discover the world on guided tours across North America and around the globe.
From International Baccalaureate diplomas to university prep classes to MBA programs, we prepare students of all ages for success in our globally connected world.