Secondary School Exchanges

The Commission is not authorized to give financial assistance for secondary school studies, nor is it equipped to provide detailed information about such studies. However, some special information for secondary school students who wish to study in the United States is given below.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

Many opportunities are available for students from other countries to attend secondary school in the U.S. under the auspices of sponsored exchange programs. While exchanges have been a part of the U.S. secondary school scene for many years, they have received considerable attention since 1982 as a result of President Reagan’s International Youth Exchange Initiative. The initiative has provided a stimulus for the expansion of previously existing exchange opportunities as well as the creation of new programs. Families who send their children to the U.S with these exchange organizations are usually not obliged to receive an American student in return, but may if they so desire.

An exchange normally occurs under the auspices of an intermediary organization specializing in the two‑way movement of high school students. Youth for Understanding and AFS represent just two of the many organizations, both profit and non‑profit, which operate international exchange programs. Some special exchange programs for secondary school students which have come to the Commission’s attention are listed below.

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS

Several opportunities exist for students to participate in post-secondary, pre-college programs at some American colleges and universities.  These programs are designed to acquaint future college students with college life, academic courses and expectations by having students enroll in and take college courses for credit before going to college; usually, during a summer of secondary school.  For specific universities and colleges offering this type of program, please visit the Advising Center of the Commission for Educational Exchange Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

Offer…

¨    An academic year
�    Living in family
&    English courses
Q    Camps, trekking
b   Summer activities
@    Work camps, internships or volunteering
H    Au pair
?    Sport

AFS (¨ �)

AFS Programmes Interculturels
Place de l’Alma, 3/11
B- 1200 Bruxelles
Tel. : 02/ 743.85.40
Fax : 02/ 743.85.50
E-mail: info.please@afs.org
Web Site: www.afsbelgique.be

AFS Interculturele Programma’s
Hendrik Consciencestraat 52
B- 2800 Mechelen
Tel. : 015/79.50.10
E-mail : info@afsvlaanderen.be
Web Site : www.afsvlaanderen.be

AILS séjours linguistiques (¨�&b@?)
Rue Alphonse Renard 55
B- 1050 Bruxelles
Tel. : 02/ 344.41.44
Fax. : 02/ 344.01.44
E-mail: info@ails-belgium.be
Web Site: www.sejours-linguistiques.com

COSMOLINGUA BELGIUM (&)
Spillemansstraat 1
B- 2140 Antwerpen
Tel. : 03/ 236.44.00 (NL) – 02/223.14.19 (FR)
Fax. : 03/ 235.97.19
E-mail : Info@cosmolingua.be
Web Site : www.cosmolingua.be

EDUCATIONAL AND LANGUAGE TRAVEL SERVICES (ELS) (& )
Eedverbondkaai 36
B- 9000 Gent
Tel. : 09/ 245.13.36
Fax. : 09/ 221.17.32
E-mail : info@els.be
Web Site : www.els.be

EF BELGIUM (¨ & b?)
Rue de Stassart, 117, Stassartstraat
B- 1050 Brussels
Tel. : 02/ 513.30.30
Fax : 02/513.66.99
E-mail : talenreizen.be@ef.com
Web Site : http://www.efbelgique.be

EUROPEAN STUDENTS (& b? )
Rue Margot 38
B- 1457 Nil-St-Vincent
Tel. : 010/ 65.59.95
Fax : 010/65.12.54
E-mail : info@europeanstudents.be
Web Site : www.europeanstudents.be

INTERLINGUA/LANGUES VIVANTES (& b� ? )
Rue John Waterloo, Wilsonstraat 28
B- 1000 Brussels
Tel. : 02/ 230.01.90 (French) – 02/ 280.15.67 (Dutch)
E-mail : info@taalreizen.com (NL) – info@languesvivantes.com
Web Site : www.taalreizen.comwww.languesvivantes.com

LANGUAGES & TRAVEL BELGIQUE (¨& � )

90 Rue Faiderstraat
B- 1050 Brussels
Tel. : 02 646 97 70
Fax : 02 646 98 85
E-mail : contact@langtra.comlangtravel@skynet.be
Web Site : www.langtra.com

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE (¨b& � ?)
Daniel Schaubacher, President
People to People Belgium
347 Avenue Louise, bte. 8
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium
Tel : +32 02/649 99 28
Web: Site: http://www.peopletopeople.be
Email : ptpbelgique@skynet.be

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS (¨ � )
Website: http://rotary.belux.org/

TIPS ON TRIPS AND CAMPS (b Q )
Ms. Marianne Deweert
Rue du Collège St. Michel, 95, Sint-Michielskollegestraat
B- 1150 Brussels
Tel.: 02/734.67.97.
A Tips on trips offers a total immersion without any English courses !

WORLD EDUCATION PROGRAM (WEP) (¨ b&  � ? H @ )
Av. de Jette – Jetselaan, 26
1081 Brussels – BELGIUM
Tel. +32-2-534 53 50
Fax. +32-2-534 50 70
email : info@wep.be
website : www.wep.be

YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING (YFU) (¨ � ? H )

YFU – Bruxelles/Wallonie
Rue Saint-Thomas 32
B- 4000 Liège
Tel. : 04/ 223.76.68
Fax : 04/ 223.08.52
E-mail : yfu.bxw@swing.be
Web Site : www.yfu-belgique.be

YFU – Vlaanderen (¨ � ? H )
Regastraat 47
B- 3000 Leuven
Tel. : 016/29.06.14
Fax : 016/ 29.32.15
E-mail : info@yfu.be
Web Site : www.yfu.be

N.B. : This list is not exhaustive, nor does inclusion on it constitute recommendation by the Commission.

For more information on State Department approved agencies sponsoring au pair opportunities and other exchanges, please see: http://exchanges.state.gov/education/jexchanges/private/aupair_brochure.htm and  http://exchanges.state.gov/jexchanges/