The Very Basics

Amicus is for students from ages 15 to 18 and includes a 10-month stay with an American host and attendance at a local public high school. Your U.S. exchange begins as the time the loal school starts generally in August  and ends at the end of June with a trip to Washington, D.C., and a Young Life camp.
​Program Preparation
National Amicus representatives and Amicus graduates offer training to help prepare you for one of the richest experiences of your life. Through the training, you’ll learn how to discover a foreign culture and deal with challenges you may face along the way.


Amicus relies on a trusted network of caring hosts instead of advertising. Our experienced U.S. Amicus representatives select host based on a thorough application.

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Overseas Care

All of our U.S. Amicus representatives are volunteers who do this because they love young people and want to create understanding between cultures. Your local Amicus rep is there to care for you and to help with any potential problems.

Returning Home

After you return home, you can reintegrate back into your home culture and share your experiences with other former Amicus exchange students through group meetings and weekend trips.

In addition, you have the opportunity to help prepare the next class of Amicus students, attend Amicus reunions, service projects in Eastern Europe and leadership weekends with Young Life and Amicus.


Amicus International Student Exchange is accredited by the CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel) and has the highest rating of “full” status as an exchange organization.​

Amicus includes:

  • Placement with a carefully selected Host 
  • Guaranteed enrollment in a U.S. high school
  • All the necessary paperwork for obtaining your J-1 visa
  • Medical insurance coverage for illness and injury which exceeds the standards of the U.S. Department of State (pre-existing conditions excluded)
  • An orientation in both your home country and the U.S.
  • Room, board and basic transportantion provided by your host family
  • A representative in your home country to assist you in the application and preparation process
  • A local U.S. Mentor to guide you throughout your exchange year
  • An official student handbook
  • The opportunity to participate in a fall or winter weekend camp
  • A final session and tour in Washington, D.C before returning home
  • Six days and nights at a resort quality Young Life camp
  • Follow-up meetings after you return to your home country
  • A Certificate of Completion

The program does NOT include:

  • Travel expense from and back to your home country
  • Spending money for any personal, school or travel during the exchange year
  • Driving privileges or access to driving training

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