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CSIET grants Heritage Student Foundation a Provisional F-1 Inbound Listing status for 2013-14

April 5, 2013

F-1 Inbound

Heritage Student Foundation has received its second year of approval by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel as an U.S. based exchange organization. CSIET’s Mission Statement expresses its purpose as, “to provide leadership and support for the exchange and educational communities to ensure that youth are provided with safe and valuable international and cultural exchange experiences.”

Educational organizations, individuals, overseas organizations, public and private U.S. high schools or school districts and U.S. based exchange organizations are eligible to be CSIET-listed. Provisional Listing is given to newly accepted organizations for two one-year periods who meet CSIET specific program standards. Organizations are sorted into the following categories: J-1 Inbound Programs, F-1 Inbound Programs, Outbound Programs and Short-term Programs, which can be either Inbound or Outbound.

An U.S. Inbound Program is available to students who reside outside of the U.S. and want to pursue an education, specifically in the U.S. According to the Institute of International Education’s Project Atlas, in 2011, the U.S. was the top host destination in the world with a total of 764,495 international students. These students are considered inbound or host students, and attend school on either a J-1 or F-1 visa depending on the chosen program. Since 2005, HSF has been providing F-1 Inbound study abroad programs and school enrollment services to mostly middle school and high school international students.

HSF’s expertise lies in long-term study abroad programs for students who are interested in attending private day schools. The F-1 visa program is known as International Student Enrichment Program amongst the program participants. ISEP was developed for students who want to immerse themselves in the English language by residing with a host family, attend a private day school and have the intentions to further their education at colleges in the U.S. Program participants include partner agencies inside and outside the U.S., the schools, and the students. With SEVP-certified private day schools spanning from the west to east coast and a network of over 5,500 host families, students have numerous options in regards to selecting a school and location that match their preferences.

In addition to long-term programs, HSF offers short term college programs as well as an ESL Summer Camp for high school students. The camp serves as a cultural introduction to the U.S. with intensive English courses, activities and trips to local attractions and an opportunity for the students to get a sense of the American lifestyle prior to making the commitment to a long-term program.

More information on HSF’s programs for international students can be found on their website under International Students and Other Programs.

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