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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Opportunities for US higher education institutions to host international undergraduate students

Opportunities for US higher education institutions to host international undergraduate students

IREX seeks accredited institutions of higher education in the United States to host undergraduate students for various international exchange programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Programs include:
The US Academic Host Institution Application can be completed online. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, February 26, 2018.
International students bring a wealth of ideas, knowledge, and experiences to host institutions. In addition to impacting institutions with diverse perspectives, these students foster mutual understanding and respect, cultural exchange, and help educate the institution’s community at large.

How to Apply

Please read the Host Institution Application Program Overview carefully before filling out the entire online application form. We suggest writing your answers in a Microsoft Word document and copying them into the application in case of any technical issues you may encounter. The online application form works best in Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. 
To apply to host for any of the programs, please submit all application materials through the online application system.
Selection of host institutions and placement of students is contingent upon the availability of US government funding and approval and receipt of J-1 visas by program participants.

Important instructions regarding the application

  • To save the application and complete it later, click “Save and Resume” at the bottom of the online application page. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address. You will then receive an e-mail with a unique link to access your saved application.
  • If you do not select “Save and Resume,” you will not have access to previously entered information. IREX has no ability to recover your information.
  • In order to keep your unique application live, you must access your application once every 30 days until it is submitted. 
  • You can use the “Save and Resume” e-mail feature to send your unique application to a colleague or department on campus who may need to complete a certain section of the application (e.g. Finance). Input their e-mail address to send them the unique link to view the application.

Expectations of Host Institutions

The US academic host institutions are critical partners for the programs. Host institutions will be selected based on:
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a well-rounded program experience (with strong academic and cultural components);
  • Ability to provide personalized care;
  • Experience and ability to work with students from the targeted regions;
  • Ability to engage students in the local community; and
  • The proposed cost-share and per student cost.
Host institutions will be responsible for providing each student with academic support, cultural and community support, and logistical support. Responsibilities are explained in more detail in the Host Institution Application Program Overview.

More information about the programs

All programs provide the following support to students:
  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from student’s home city to host institution in the US
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees
  • Room and board (housing and meals)
  • A small allowance for incidentals
  • A limited allowance for books
  • A limited allowance for cultural enrichment activities
  • Alumni networking opportunities

Application Materials


Please direct all questions to IREX via e-mail at or phone at 202-628-8188.