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High School in the U.S.

CCI Greenheart offers international teens who wish to study in the U.S. three options:  

  • Academic Year and Semester Program - J-1 visa for placement in U.S. public schools. CCI exchange students live with volunteer host families.
  • U.S. Grant Programs: FLEX and YES - CCI Greenheart offers qualified candidates a chance to participate in the U.S. Grant programs, FLEX and YES.
  • F-1 Private School Academic Program - F-1 visa for placement in private schools around the U.S. CCI Greenheart private school students also live with host families.

Academic Year or Semester Program

To participate in the Academic Year program, students must have very good English abilities, above average academic skills, and a lot of flexibility and maturity! Participants live with U.S. host families and attend public high schools, while improving their English, making friends and expanding their vision of the world and themselves.

Program Includes:CCI exchange students baked a lemon pound cake from scratch! 

  • Enrollment in a U.S. public high school for one or two semesters
  • Room and board with a volunteer host family
  • Orientation after arrival in the U.S.
  • Support and supervision of a local CCI Greenheart Local Coordinator and CCI Greenheart National Staff
  • Periodic program evaluation
  • Re-entry preparation session
  • Health and accident insurance
  • Airport transfers to nearest airport
  • DS-2019 supporting application for J-1 visa
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the host community by joining the Greenheart Club 
btn_Volunteer with Greenheart Club 


Program Does Not Include:  

  • School fees
  • Optional activities
  • Meals and entertainment outside the homestay
  • Personal expenses
  • International and domestic travel to the airport nearest the host family
  • Lunch at school
  • Spending money

CCI Greenheart does not guarantee that students will receive U.S. high school graduation certificates or diplomas or that they will be enrolled in the 12th grade.  Athletic eligibility or participation is not guaranteed.

The CCI Greenheart Academic Year and Semester Programs provide a cultural and educational experience and are not tourist programs. Therefore, homestay placements are determined by CCI Greenheart and can be in any region in the U.S.

Program Requirements
Successful applicants must have:

  • An acceptable score on the ELTIS test of the English language
  • Maintained the equivalent of at least a "C" grade average in the home country
  • Have demonstrated openness, flexibility, above average maturity, and a sincere desire to participate in an intercultural program
  • Be of good health, sufficient to succeed on an intellectually, physically and emotionally rigorous program
  • Complete the application in full and provide all documentation required
  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age upon arrival
  • Not have graduated from high school in the home country
  • Be willing to accept a random placement anywhere in the continental U.S.

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 may also email the Department at jvisas@state.gov.