The Amicus Program
Amicus is for students from ages 15 to 18 and includes a 10-month stay with an American host family and attendance at a local high school. Your U.S. exchange begins in August and ends in June with a trip to Washington, D.C., and a Young Life camp.

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.

Host Families
Amicus relies on a trusted network of caring host families instead of advertising. Our experienced U.S. Amicus representatives select families based on a thorough application. They get to know each host family as well as possible and work hard to find the appropriate family for each student.

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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.​

The program includes:

Placement with a carefully selected host family
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. representative 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 during the exchange year

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Phone: (719) 381-1823

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