Foreign Exchange Program

2023 IFYE Outbound Participant Program


2022 Sophie Cole (center) South
Dakota to Austria - helping host
family with honey harvest

To become a 2023 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 $3,750 for the two- or three-month program. Participant fee is $5,000 for the six-month program.
  • Scholarships may be available through your state. Please check with National Program Director, Melissa Haberstroh at for this availability.

2023 IFYE Program Dates:

June 14-19: IFYE Orientation in Washington, D.C. (two-, summer & fall three-, and six-month programs)
June 19: Begin summer two-month, summer three-month and six-month programs. Learn more
August 14: End of two-month summer program
September 7: End of three-month summer program 
September 7-10: Debriefing for two- and three-month summer programs
September 17: Begin fall three-month program. Learn more
December 10: Ending of fall three-month and six-month programs
December 10-13: Debriefing for fall three-month program and six-month program

Additional information can be obtained by:

  • Checking other information/links under the Foreign Exchange Program navigation link at the top of on the website or in the left sidebar.
  • Contacting Melissa Haberstroh, IFYE National Program Director via email at or calling 210-816-1114.