Enrich your school

Bring exchange to your academic community

Open your students' eyes to the world through cultural exchange

One of the most influential educational decisions you can make for your students is to welcome exchange students into your school. We at EF are here to help you take the first step.

A message from our schools

Welcoming exchange students to your school complements existing learning experiences.

Over the course of an academic year, your own students will gain first-hand knowledge of different cultures and customs. In sharing their Britain, they’ll discover what they love about their own country, and they’ll examine their own values and beliefs more critically.

More than 50 schools and colleges across the country already enrich their classrooms each year with EF exchange students.

A mission to connect the world

Whether they’re engaging in the classroom, participating in school activities, or just hanging out with friends and classmates, EF exchange students don’t just experience your school’s culture — they become a part of it.

Enrich student life

Having EF exchange students benefits your school community. School organisations, and clubs are strengthened by new cultural perspectives, as students from around the world connect on shared interests and exchange ideas with peers from across the globe.

Globalise your classrooms

EF exchange students prepare your own students for a globally-minded future. Global awareness is an indispensable skill in the world today, and as academically motivated members of the classroom, our students are a valuable resource to your school community by sharing more about daily life in other parts of the world.

Create multinational friendships

The friends that EF exchange students make while abroad are not just for the year; they are for life. Most of our students stay in touch with their friends and family long after they have returned home. British students may even get invited to visit their exchange friends in Europe or Asia in the future!

Contribute to diplomacy

Offering a British secondary school experience through student exchange breaks down borders and builds bridges that promote cross-cultural understanding. Enroling EF exchange students in your school or college does more than change the lives of students and families, it supports a UK-wide goal to expand understanding and communications between countries.

Where do our students come from?

Learn more about their home countries







The Netherlands


South Korea





Celebrating 40 years of cultural exchange.

Promoting public diplomacy since 1979

EF High School Exchange Year has been promoting global awareness through student exchange for over 40 years. We bring more students to the UK, US, and Ireland each year than any other high school exchange program. Since 1979, our organisation has connected more than 100,000 international students with caring host families across all three countries. We proudly work alongside the UK government in promoting public diplomacy through our programme. We are vetted by the exchange authorities in the UK, and adhere to all applicable regulations governing exchange programmes and the safeguarding of children.

Frequently asked questions

Put your trust in us

One of the distinct advantages of working with EF High School Exchange Year is our commitment to making things as easy as possible for your school. Our students and host families are fully prepared for the exchange experience, and throughout the year our dedicated staff is ready to support you 24 hours a day.

The student selection

We only accept students who will flourish on an intercultural exchange. Our thorough screening and preparation process set our students up for success.

Students from around the world

Our students come from 15 different countries in Europe and Asia. They are proficient in English and eager to be part of the high school life.

The EF support network

We provide exchange students, host families and schools with individualised support and proactive outreach. EF staff are located all over the UK and are available for expanded support.

Bring cultural exchange to your school

Take the first step

Tell us about your school

Speak to an EF Regional Manager

Welcome your first exchange student

Contact us at 0800 3895850

Request more information

Let’s connect!

Talk to us directly: 020 7341 8665

Send an email: [email protected]