Now Boarding: The 2016/17 High School J-1 Visa Program!

Student Ambassador Exchange is excited to announce that our J-1 Visa Program is underway! Our is listed on the U.S. State Department’s website of official J-1 Sponsorship Programs for Secondary School Students – we’re listed under our parent company, Children of All Nations.

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International high school students interested in completing a single semester or a year of study in the United States should inquire with their interest in our program. We have spots available for the 2016/17 school year – are you ready to start your educational journey in the US? If so, get in touch with an SAE Program Coordinator today! Contact or fill out our inquiry form, and we will get back in touch with you within 24 business hours.

The Department of State has a toll free number (1-866-283-9090) for secondary school students. The toll free number can be used by host families, exchange students, and the public to report circumstances impacting the students’ health, safety, and well-being during their exchange visitor programs. You can also email the Department at
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J-1 Visa Program for Secondary Students

Experience the United States with a Year in a J-1 Visa High School Program
J-1 VISA PROGRAM LAUNCHING NOW! Student Ambassador Exchange is excited to announce that we have received our approval from the Department of State to offer secondary students the opportunity to attend high school for up to one year in the United States.

IMG_2735The J-1 Visa Program allows students to study for a year in the US, live with a host family, and connect with a different culture while sharing their own. To participate in our program, students should have good English abilities,  a commitment to their academics, and an open mind about living and learning with an amazing host family! Students have the opportunity to learn about a new culture and to make new friends in the United States.

SAE J-1 Visa Program includes:

  • Enrollment in a U.S. public high school for one or two semesters
  • Room and board with a volunteer host family
  • Orientation training after student’s arrival in the U.S.
  • Support and contact with an SAE Local Coordinator and Regional Program Coordinator
  • Regular Program Evaluation
  • Departure training prior to the end of the school year
  • Health and accident insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop off for arrival and departure from the program
  • DS-2019 support for J-1 Visa applications

The program excludes:

  • International and domestic air travel
  • School fees
  • Additional activity fees
  • Lunch at school
  • Personal money

Students should be prepared to provide for their own personal expenses and for any meals outside of those eaten with the host family. Placements in our J-1 Visa program are determined by school and host family availability. Students should be prepared to be placed in any region in the continental United States.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please fill out our inquiry form to the right, and an SAE Program Coordinator will get in touch with you within 48 business hours.

The Department of State implemented a toll free number (1-866-283-9090) for secondary school students, which was effective August 1, 2009. The toll free number can be used by host families, exchange students, and the public to report circumstances impacting the students’ health, safety, and well-being during their exchange visitor programs. You can also email the Department at
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Seeking Host Families in Austin, Texas

Open Your Home to Student Exchange!

We are currently recruiting host families for our Homestay Program in Austin, Texas. We have partnered with St. Michael’s Catholic Academy and will be assisting them in finding host families for their international students. It presents you with the opportunity to learn more about a culture different from your own and allows you to help a student grow and learn as they live with you during the school year. You’ll have the support of a SAE/CAN Program Coordinator and receive a small monthly stipend to offset the costs of housing the student.

Families should have a bedroom available for exchange students, which may be shared with a child of the same gender and approximate age. Families should also be willing to assist the student in getting to and from school, or to St. Michael’s convenient drop-off transportation locations in Austin.

To complete an application, host families will need:

  • An SAE Host Family Application
  • A federal and state background check
  • A home safety visit
  • Two letters of reference
  • A phone interview with a local Program Coordinator
  • Provide three daily meals to the exchange student
  • A separate, which may be in a shared bedroom with a host sibling of similar age and same gender
  • Use of a laundry machine and facilities
  • A bathroom, which may be shared
  • Transportation to and from St. Michael’s or to the local St. Michael’s transportation location for school
  • Access to telephone and internet (wifi) to contact the local Program Coordinator and/or the student’s family at least once a week

For more on host family requirements, you can contact the SAE Lead Program Coordinator at or complete the inquiry form on the right side of the page. You can also call (512) 323-9595 at ext. 3062 about filling out an application today!

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CSIET Member Listed

We are proud to announce that The Council on Standards for the International Educational Travel has approved Student Ambassador Exchange as a listed member! This means that SAE meets the ethics and standards of the most widely recognized organization on exchange programs in the United States.

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Inbound Program 2016

Cultural Exchange programs offer international students the opportunity to visit the United States for a month. Students will visit different U.S. cities such as Austin, Boston, and Berkley, and improve their English skills through full cultural immersion. Cultural Exchange programs are available on the east and west coasts of the US. SAE will launch its first Inbound Program in the Summer of 2016!

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Host Families Needed

Connecting International Students to Caring Host Families

The goal of the SAE Homestay Program is to assist international students in identifying quality screened host families to stay with while they are studying in the United States. Many students from abroad send applications to schools, only to find out they cannot attend school without a local address and guardian. Student Ambassador Exchange will help you find a host family excited for your school year and the cultural experiences you bring!

Student Ambassador Exchange also assists schools who would like to have more international students on their campuses but who do not offer host family finding services to their applicants. We can assist your students in finding a local host family in your area that is carefully screened and excited to have an international student in their home.

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Student Ambassador Exchange prides itself on providing students with high quality host families during their stay in the United States. The biggest benefit of our program is total language and cultural immersion with an American family. This allows students in our program to progress in their language development at home while being able to focus on academics at school.  At the same time, host families get to experience the adventure of sharing a home with someone from a different culture.  It is a great way to see the world from a different perspective without ever leaving your home!

Interested in becoming a host family? Use this page to learn more about the process!

Students who apply to come to the United States through Student Ambassador Exchange demonstrate enormous potential, in and out of school. They are typically aged between 15 and 18, and none of them have completed high school in their home country. We require all students to demonstrate academic competency for enrollment in a rigorous educational program.  In addition, all applicants are in great health. Beyond that, they each come with their own interests and personalities. Extracurricular activities range from competitive robot clubs to dancing and singing in school talent shows. Most of our students come from small, close knit families. Some may have 1-2 siblings while others are only children. As a result they are incredibly close to their family and involved in the daily routine. With time, these students will adjust to their new surroundings and become a part of your daily routine too!

Meet Our Exchange Students Here!

While there is no exact formula to determine the perfect host family, here are some common qualities we see in our host families:

  • passion for learning about a new culture
  • pride for their town and a desire to introduce a student to new customs
  • willing to help with school transportation as needed
  • ready to step into the parenting role for a student
  • space to host a student
  • full of ideas on what to show a student

Does any of this sound like you? Contact a program coordinator for more information today!

We do not charge host families any fees for hosting an exchange student! However, host families should be ready to be responsible for the following:

Room & Board

Students can have their own bedroom or share a bedroom with a child of the same sex. However, the student needs to have his or her own bed, and it should be a bed that is neither convertible nor inflatable in nature.  In addition, the student should have adequate storage space for clothes and personal belongings, reasonable access to the bathroom, and a place where they can study.  We ask all families to go over their emergency plans with the student so that they will know how to exit the home if necessary.

Host families should provide the student with 3 meals a day, except on school days when the student will be provided with lunch at school. Students will bring funds to cover school fees, including school lunch, books, and school events.


In general, students will be able to ride the bus to school. However, in situations where this is not an option, host families will need to arrange transportation for the student. They can either ride with a host parent or carpool with any licensed driver. Students may not, at any point in their stay, operate a vehicle or take driving lessons.

Student Ambassador Exchange guides students through the visa paperwork process and provides them with medical insurance during their time in the United States. In addition, we offer 24/7 support for students and host families. There will be a Local Coordinator in the area to provide host family and student orientations. The Local Coordinator will also check in at least once a month in person or by phone or email to make sure that everything is going well.  They will be able to address any conflicts that come up over the exchange program, and they will also help provide cultural opportunities for the student. In the event of an emergency, Student Ambassador Exchange Headquarters maintains an emergency phone that host families can call at any time.

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Study Abroad

Connecting Cultures through Study Abroad with SAE

Study Abroad programs give US students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Chinese culture for two weeks. Study Abroad offers intensive language courses and cultural learning opportunities!

SAE hopes to launch its Study Abroad program in the summer of 2016!

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Student Ambassador Exchange (SAE) offers internship programs for international college students to study for six months in the United States. With our partner organizations, our internship program offers:

  • Quality internship opportunities
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship for 6 months
  • Health insurance
  • Housing location assistance

Student Ambassador Exchange (SAE) offers you the opportunity gain valuable work place experience in the United States! We offer opportunities in major cities and areas throughout the U.S..

With offices in the United States and abroad, we are ideally qualified to help you find an internship that will sharpen your job skills and get your resume noticed!

Let us help you by placing you with one of the many organizations seeking international interns today!

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Applicants to our program should meet one of the following:
    • Currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree or certificate granting post-secondary academic institution outside of the United States
    • Graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the program start date, and intend to enter the Unites States to participate in a guided work-based internship program specific to the student’s specific academic field
SAE Fees
    • Application Fee: $120
    • Program Fee: $5000 (Includes Finding and Placement fee, and mandatory health insurance)
    • J-1 Visa Fee Six Months: $2200

Additional Fees

      • SEVIS Fee: approx. $180
      • US Embassy Interview: approx. $160
      • Flight costs
      • Food and lodging costs


Step 1: Pay the non-refundable $120 application fee

Step 2: Upload documents

      • CV/Resume
      • University Transcript
      • Cover Letter (describing type of internship you want and how your background and education supports your desires)
      • PDF of your passport photo and signature page
      • Two letters of references

Step 3: Receive authorization for online signature forms with our partner agency after review of your application materials

Step 4: Digitally sign the a) Internship Agreement, b) the Refund Policy & Withdrawal Fees Documents and c) Liability Waiver

Step 5: Complete the online questionnaire


Step 1: Submit refundable $2000 deposit (fee will be refunded if we are unable to secure a placement for you)

Step 2: Telephone or Skype interview with your company

Step 3: Placement is secured

Step 4: Submit Program fee balance of $3000 (total program fee is $5000)

Step 5: Submit Visa fees (6 month Visa fee is $2200)

Step 6: DS-2019 issued by our partner office and mailed to applicant

Step 7: Complete I-901 form and pay SEVIS fee to the State Department

Step 8: Schedule an interview with the nearest U.S. consulate

Step 9: J-1 visa is approved

Step 10: Book flights and make final arrangements for the trip to the USA!

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