Academic Year in America


Academic Year in America (AYA) brings nearly 700 international high school students ages 15-18 to the U.S. annually to live with carefully screened and selected volunteer American host families for a semester or academic year on U.S. State Department approved J-1 Visas.

The goal of the AYA program

The aim of the program is to help international youth develop a greater sensitivity to and appreciation for American life and to stimulate Americans’ interests in other cultures and languages.

Summer Institute for the Gifted


Founded in 1984, SIG organizes three-week residential and day programs for almost 2,500 academically talented young people from all over the world each year, adding an important and enriching supplement to their regular education.

The goal of the SIG program

SIG blends a strong academic program of traditional and multidisciplinary STEAM courses, an opportunity for cultural exposure, social growth and varied summer program activities.

“We have had so much fun hosting exchange students in our home. Each student comes with unique qualities and so much to teach us of their culture. I am confident that my young children will grow to be better people because of these experiences.”

—Former AYA Host Family