Cultural Academic Student Exchange (CASE) is an educational organization founded with the belief that international student exchange promotes understanding, respect and good will between peoples of all nations. The realities of other communities and cultures are discovered and valued which ultimately increases international understanding.
Our program enables qualified students between the ages of 15 and 18, from various nations, the opportunity to live with an American host family while attending a local high school for an academic year.
Students are carefully selected and screened and must be recommended by teachers in their schools. Only those students who can evidence academic interest and achievement, exemplary character, curiosity, adaptability, and good command of the English language are acceptable. Each student must write a personal essay describing him/herself in addition to satisfactory completion of a personal interview by a qualified representative of CASE. The interviewer’s written evaluation is of great importance in the acceptance process.
Each student must complete application forms consisting of academic transcripts with an English translation, teacher’s recommendation, medical records, an autobiographical essay, passport-size photographs and photos of the student and his/her immediate family. Two copies of the application are sent to the host family – one for them and one for the school. A copy is also sent to the Area Representative for their records.
Exchange students arrive with round-trip airline tickets issued to their final destination. They have complete medical coverage for the entire duration of their stay in the United States. The student’s natural parents provide a monthly allowance while the student is in the United States.
American host families are responsible for room and board and a willingness to share their lives with a foreign exchange student. Host families are allowed a $50.00 per month income tax deduction for each month that the student lives in their home.