Amicus (ah-Me-cus) is a nonprofit academic exchange program designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor secondary school students on a J-1 visa. We have earned a Full Listing status by CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel). Here is a copy of our current Certificate of Acceptance: CSIET Certificate. Amicus also meets all the standards set by the U.S. Department of State for exchange programs, as well as any local and state regulations where our students are placed to ensure a proper educational experience in U.S. high schools. We have worked with schools all around the U.S. from Alaska to Arizona, New York to Florida and continually enjoy good standing with the schools where we place students. Here are two letters of recommendation from Blue Valley High School in Kansas and Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado.
The Amicus program has more than 30 years of exchange experience. Amicus has befriended more than 1,500 students from 33 countries. We are proud of our students. Each year, trained Amicus mentors carefully select and prepare each student for their exchange year. Students must be of sound character with exceptional maturity, and are expected to interact well with both their peers and adults. In addition, every Amicus student has demonstrated above average skill in both written and spoken English.
Our U.S. mentors are trained adult volunteers from the local community who carefully select and screen host families, secure school enrollment and provide support for the student throughout the year. They conduct a host family orientation before the student arrives and then a student orientation early in the exchange year to help in the transition to a new home and culture. Amicus mentors work in cooperation with the local school district and are willing to be educated in all school and district policies regarding exchange programs. The local mentors can assist your school personnel should a concern or issue arise.
We can all learn from a student exchange. At Amicus, we believe that schools benefit from hosting exchange students and by opening their doors to international students they help create a classroom setting that promotes knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
While exchanges offer international students an American experience, they also help educate American students about values, attitudes and customs of another country. As new perspectives are shared, students gain a more balanced understanding of the world.
Exchange students attract the attention of the local community and open new doors of friendship. By getting acquainted with neighbors, school officials, and church and business leaders, an exchange student can serve as a valuable resource for civic, church and professional groups.
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