Welcome to FLAG STEP (Short Term Exchange Program)
STEP is for international exchange students, ages 13 to 19 years of age, which live with a host family or on a campus for an average of four weeks during the school year or summer. FLAG's STEP program is ideal for students who desire to live in the U.S. but are unable to come for a year-long academic program. STEP is designed and executed with the same standard of excellence as our traditional FLAGship and FLAG One programs. A highly customizable program, FLAG STEP can make almost any international student’s dream of experiencing “the American way of life” a reality!
There are several ways you can visit the United States
through FLAG STEP. These programs are
based on a format of customizability where International
Partners and their clients can build their own program by
adding features and activities to a basic home-stay program
by choosing them from a menu of possibilities as outlined in
our promotional materials.
The basic package, including home-stay and insurance only,
ranges from 2-4 weeks in length. However, packages up to 6
weeks can be customized. Local activities and excursions can
be added to the basic package for an additional cost. The
activities vary by location and time of year but could
include visits to museums, kayaking, pool parties, sporting
events, ice skating and more! In addition to the local activities,
one excursion will be added to each trip that includes the
activities package. These excursions could include day trips to
nearby cities or amusement parks.
FLAG can also work with you directly to customize a high
school program. These programs are similar to the basic
packages mentioned above. In addition to the basic package,
individual students also have the option of adding school
observations and activities at a local US high school or
career observations, based on your interest.
The program will include exciting activities such as baseball
games, shopping trips, water park visits,
kayaking, stadium tours, museum
admissions or similar type outings. These basic activity
standard for summertime, although, a package
of similar scope will be offered at
different times of the year to accommodate seasonal/climate changes.
Excursions can include trips to
amusement parks, day visits to
nearby cities or a specific requested
excursion based on group interest.
The program does require a minimum enrollment of 5 students per International Partner,
unless a group has already been
formed, in which case, individual
enrollments are welcome.
Work With an International Partner or Direct with FLAG
If your local partner doesn’t have any groups they are sending to the U.S., or you don’t live in an area that
we have an International Partner, we can work with you directly to build a program. These programs are
similar to the basic packages mentioned above. In addition to the basic package, students have the
option of adding school observations at a local U.S. high school or career observations, based on their
interest. Please contact us directly to see how we can customize a trip for you!