American Academic & Cultural Exchange

About AACE


American Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc. is founded on the premise that positive personal experience helps dissolve divisive geographical, fashion, cultural and political barriers, leads to greater human understanding and world peace. AACE provides opportunities for high school students from many countries around the world to live with a host family in the United States while attending high school. Conversely, high school students from the United States live with host families and attend schools abroad. AACE believes that the enduring bonds that develop help bring the many diverse cultures of our world closer together into one global community.

AACE was founded with the expressed purpose of offering unique individualized and personal service to students, host families and host schools. AACE focuses on close and careful student and family selection. AACE emphasizes academic opportunities through public and private school placements. AACE places high priority on frequent and close communications with families, schools and students.

The entire staff of AACE, beginning with the personally involved officers and directors are committed to insuring that each student, family and school involved with the exchange process has the optimal opportunity for a pleasant, educational and rewarding experience. Students are placed only in localities and states where professionally trained and experienced adult AACE representatives are available.

We Have Many Programs to Choose From

School Year Program Abroad

U.S. students, age 15 to 18, travel abroad for 10 months, during which time they live with a host family and attend school. Orientation and counseling are provided before departure and after arrival in host country.

School Year Program in the U.S.

Foreign students, age 15 to 18, live with a host family and attend school for the academic year. Orientations and supervision are provided. English proficiency, academic interest and teacher recommendations are required.

Summer Program in the U.S.

Foreign students, age 15 to 18, live with a host family during a four-week visit to Virginia in July. Teacher recommendations are required. Orientation sessions and supervision are provided. Cultural experiences and language enhancement are provided while in the U.S.

Become An Exchange Student

High School or College - Explore the world as an Exchange Student! Experience once in a lifetime opportunities by broadening your language skills, living in another culture, and making lifelong friends in another country!

Become An AACE Representative

AACE is looking for a few good people and part-time representative positions are now available throughout the United States.

Area Representatives are responsible for monitoring the progress of the exchange students and the host families, and conducting routine visitations and contact calls. Representatives must be U.S. citizens. While Representatives are all volunteers, each receives a small stipend to cover expenses in finding homes, working with schools and families, and monitoring students.

Become A Host Family

Share Your Home for a Year. Enjoy a Friendship for a Lifetime!
Student Exchange programs cannot work without host families willing to accept these exceptional students as members of their own families! Become a host family for this upcoming school year and enjoy and cherish the unique experience of learning about the world!

To see pictures and brief bios of all AACE students who need host families, contact us as an interested host family by filling out our On-Line Form. We will be in contact with you just as soon as possible!

An AACE representative will review your family’s application and will call you to set up an interview, and discuss students available for placement for the coming school year. Student essays, photos and detailed student interests are provided for confidential review by approved host parents. To see countries represented, please vist our About AACE section.

Become An Exchange Teacher
Participate in Teacher Exchange Programs in Moscow, Russia
Applications from U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers – and school administrators who are interested in a 2-week teaching exchange with professional colleagues from Moscow, Russia, are being accepted at this time.

Teachers live in a Russian teacher’s home and have a teaching experience in the host teacher’s Russian school. Visits to Russia are scheduled for the Fall. A reciprocal visit with Russian teachers coming to the U.S. for the same group would be in the Spring.