List of Student Exchange Programmes

Movement of students between the borders requires rigorous research, groundwork, expert advice, authentic documentation, to ensure that there is no inconvenience to the students or the administration of the countries involved.

To participate in a SEP, the students need to get in touch with authorized agencies that would help them to find a befitting country and institution. In addition, the agency would also find a host family in the host country to ensure the student’s safety and the best experience during Student Exchange Programmes. The programmes vary from 4 weeks to a few months.

Note– For the U.S specific exchange programmes, it is necessary to get the J-1 or the F-1 student visa. It is only after the successful procurement of the visa that the student becomes eligible for exchange programmes. Since visas are crucial, it is necessary to get all your doubts answered.

Here is the official site of US visas- https://in.usembassy.gov/

1. Youth For understanding

Youth For Understanding (YFU) is an organization that provides Student Exchange Programmes for students across the globe between the age group of 15-18. At YFU, the team accepts the need for global exposure to understand the complexities of the world in which students are living. By understanding the cultural differences, the students will be able to educate the people of their home country. The organization has a subsidiary organization ‘YFU India’ that takes care of the needs of Indian and foreign students to experience exchange programmes.

For details, visit the official site- http://yfuindia.org/

2. Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) is meant for the students of Muslim-dominated countries to spend their 1 academic year in the US. For the duration of 1 year, the students on the exchange are exposed to the US classroom methods and use of technology for education. The programme is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA). Each student becomes the ‘youth ambassador’ of the home country. As a youth ambassador, the student explains the cultural practices to strengthen the relations between the host country and the home country. This programme was launched in India in 2005 with the aim to nourish US-India relations.

To be eligible for the programme, interested students must-

  • Be citizens of India
  • Be between the age of 15-17.6 by the start of programme
  • Be enrolled in 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade at the time of application
  • Have a B grade average score or better, without any record of failing
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements
  • Appear for an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay
  • Complete a YES programme application
  • Participate in group and individual in-person interviews

For details, visit- http://www.yesprograms.org/countries/india

3. International Writing Program Between the Lines-

International Writing Program Between the Lines is organized by ‘Between the Lines’ for the writers from all around the world. Participants of the exchange programme stay at the University of Iowa for learning creative writing study and cultural interaction.

To be eligible for the programme, interested students must-

  • Be between the age of 16-19 years
  • Have a passion for writing
  • Be proficient in English
  • Be open to learning about different cultures
  • Be willing to share the personal experiences

For more details, visit- https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/between-the-lines

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