OSPI does not have the legal authority to sponsor or coordinate student exchanges and does not support any specific programs for student exchange. However, we do believe that student exchange can be an enriching experience for individual students and their families, as well as schools and districts.
Promoting Student Exchange
In spring 2009, Washington was one of five pilot states in the country working with the
Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET), a non-profit group, and the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) to develop a model policy on incoming student exchanges (i.e. students coming from abroad to study in Washington schools). You can download a copy of the
Model Policy #3142 and
Model Procedure #3142P.
For more information on student exchange please visit the following links:
Becoming a Non-Immigrant Student in the U.S.
This FAQ defines the term nonimmigrant and explains the types of visas available to become a nonimmigrant student in the United States.
Students and Exchange Visitors
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement assists international student and exchange visitors with their responsibilities prior to entering the United States.
Exchange Visitor Program for Secondary Students
The online code of the federal regulation Title 22: Foreign Relations.
U.S. Department of State - Designated Sponsors List
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs maintains the list of sponsors who are in compliance with the Exchange Visitor Program regulations.
International Student Exchange Agency Program
ISEA (a division of Washington Secretary of State) requires the registration of all international student exchange visitor placement organizations.
International Student Exchange Organizations (PDF)
Download this PDF for the list of registered organizations that coordinate student exchanges with Washington schools.
Chapter 19.166 RCW International Student Exchange
This legislation defines international student exchange in Washington state and outlines the standards and rules.