Host a Foreign Exchange Student in Alabama

“My wife and I have hosted before and know the rewards of assisting a young person in obtaining the cultural experience and educational opportunities associated with such programs.” Joey A. – Alabama

Exchange students from all over the world will arrive in Alabama!

In the 2019-20 Academic Year, 9,376 international students studied in the state of Alabama.  385 of these students attended secondary schools in Alabama and most of them lived with host families.  Alabama host families are welcome to become part of the exciting world of student exchange. Exchange students start arriving in August and come from countries such as Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Thailand, Belgium, Mexico, and others.

Our agents travel the globe in 75 countries to bring the best and brightest exchange students to study abroad.

host families- alabama students

Alabama Students –

  • Come with their own spending money to go see the Crimson Tide, Space Rocket Center, or Birmingham Zoo
  • Are high school students aged 15-18
  • Have an English skill level of at least 70%
  • Are completely insured medically through the program
  • Receive a full medical test prior to leaving home
  • Keep good grades in their home country high school

Local representatives are committed to recruiting the finest families in Alabama for our students.

Alabama Hosts –

  • Come in all styles
  • Are interested in world affairs
  • Are receptive and loving
  • Want to find out more about other cultures
  • Are proud to share their local culture
  • Want to promote peace through cultural exchange

Any Alabama resident can apply to be a host family. Host families can be a single person, single parents, or empty nesters. It does not matter if you live in a house, town home, condo, or apartment, you can host a foreign exchange student.

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Over 1,000,000 high school and college exchange students come to the U.S. each year, according to NAFSA. Thousands of those students stay with Host Families. Let us help you find an exchange student to host who will be a perfect fit for your family.

To become an Alabama Host Family fill out the Alabama host family form!

If you know a family in Alabama who might be interested in hosting an exchange student, please ask them to visit Alabama Host Families

If you are interested in becoming a host family, click here to get more information.
If you are interested in becoming a student, click here to get more information.

Key International Student Statistics for Alabama

Total International Students and Economic Contribution from NAFSA

High School/Secondary Student Statistics from CSIET and US Department of Homeland Security

  • Total Number of Students on F-1 Student Visa: 128
  • Total Number of Students on J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: 257
  • Total Number of F-1 and J-1 Visa Students (Secondary Students): 385
  • Total number of SEVIS Certified schools and universities in Alabama which are approved to provide student visas to international students: 138

If you are interested in hosting an international student or are an international student and would like to apply to a US institution, Call us Today! at +1 (203) 285-6767.


*F-1 Secondary Students by State: Department of Homeland Security SEVIS Data Mapping Tool, March 2021 Statistics

**J-1 Secondary Students: Council on Standards for International Education and Travel (CSIET) 2018-19 J-1 Students by State Data

***Total International Students and Economic Value Statistics: NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2019-20 Economic Value Statistics

****Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools: Department of Homeland Security SEVIS School List March 2021