Amicus Students

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.


Austria - Belgium - China - Czech Republic - Denmark - Dominican Republic - France - Germany - The Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland
Amicus includes:
  • Placement with a Host, carefully selected by our experienced U.S. Amicus representatives.
  • Guaranteed enrollment in a U.S. high school.
  • All the necessary paperwork for obtaining your J-1 visa.
  • Training to help prepare you to discover a foreign culture and deal with challenges you may face along the way.
  • 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 transportation provided by your host family.
  • A representative in your home country to assist you in the application, preparation, and returning home process.
  • A local U.S. Mentor to guide you throughout your exchange year and assist if any problems arise.
  • 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. And 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.
  • 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.
  • To view the Amicus program policies, click here​.

Application Process

There are several steps involved in the application process, and you must first be in contact with a local national Amicus representative.

Applications will not be accepted without approval of your local National Amicus Rep.

Step 1.

Familiarize yourself with information on this website to determine if you qualify and if Amicus is the right program for you. If it is, contact your local country representative​ for any pertinent information and to learn about the entire application process.

Step 2.

Open the Application Instructions and keep them open while completing Step 3.

Step 3.

While keeping the application instructions open, complete the application. It must be submitted by November 15​ along with an 100 USD application fee paid to your local National Rep.

Please note,​ late applications will be accepted with this date and fee schedule: Applications submitted between November 16 and January 1st​ require 150 USD. Applications submitted between January 2 - February 1​ will require 200 USD. Submissions​ after February 1​ require 250 USD.

These forms are all found within the application instructions linked above in Step 2:

Academic Forms
  • ​Academic History (School Signature)
  • English Language Assessment
  • Transcripts
  • Academic Character Reference and ​ Assesment​
Medical Forms
  • Health History (Physian's​ signature required)
  • Immunizations (Physian's signature required)​
  • Medical Physical (Physian's signature required)
  • ​Student Recommendation
  • Agreement between Young Life Amicus and Participant
  • Medical Consent​ for Young Life Camp (Parent's signature required)​​
Additional Details

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.​

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