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STS Foundation believes that intercultural student exchange promotes understanding, respect and goodwill among people of all nations. Students, host families, schools and communities will have an opportunity to learn more about another's culture as they share experiences.


STS Foundation (STSF) is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has regional and state offices across the United States. STSF was established in 1986. STSF sponsors an international exchange program for high school students, on a non-immigrant J-1 visa, between the ages of 15-18. Students have the opportunity to live with an American family for an academic year, or semester, while attending the local high school.

Students who demonstrate academic interest and achievement, good character, adaptability and a satisfactory command of the English language are accepted. Last year STSF welcomed students from Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand.

STSF Local Coordinators (LCs) are the links that support the network. Each STSF LC works closely with their Regional Coordinator (RC) to whom he or she may turn to for advice or information. The STSF national office also provides 24-hour coverage for emergency situations. LCs maintain contact with the student, host family and school throughout the exchange year. STSF works within all guidelines set forth by the Council of Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and complies with the regulations on Exchange Visitor Programs under the guidance of the US Department of State.

STSF also offers a high school year or semester abroad program for qualified American students between the ages of 15 - 18. American students have the opportunity to study in countries throughout the world. For more information call us at 1-800-522-4678 or e-mail

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