Foreign Exchange Program

To become a 2021 IFYE:

  • You will be expected to be an active participant as a member of your host family.
  • Successful participants must be able to think on their feet and represent themselves and their country positively.
  • You must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Application, interview, orientation, and debriefing required.
  • Participation fee is $3,000 for the two-,  three-, and six-month programs. The $3,000 program fee payment method will be discussed individually with the National Program Director upon submission of application. This program fee covers only about 15% of the total cost with alumni and outside sources contributing the balance.​
  • Scholarships may be available through your state. Please check with National Program Director, Alan Lambert (alanelambert@ifyeusa.org) for this availability.

   2021 IFYE Program Dates:

  • June 17-21: IFYE Orientation in Washington, D.C. (two-, summer & fall three-, and six-month programs)
  • June 22: Begin summer two-month, summer three-month and six-month programs
  • August 16: End of two-month summer program
  • September 10: End of three-month summer program 
  • September 10-13: Debriefing for two- and three-month summer programs
  • September 20: Begin fall three-month program
  • December 09: Ending of fall three-month and six-month programs
  • December 09-12: Debriefing for fall three-month program and six-month program

       Further information can be obtained from

  • Checking other information /links under “Foreign Exchange Programs” on this website (see links on left),
  • Alan Lambert, IFYE National Program Director,  alanelambert@ifyeusa.org or 605-366-6107.