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The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) no longer evaluates programs and recommends you use programs already evaluated by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). CSIET was established in 1984 after a study showed no industry-wide standards for foreign exchange programs. Exchange program members of CSIET are carefully reviewed yearly for compliance with rules and regulations established by the United States Department of State, including background checks for host families and ensuring entering students meet all visa requirements. Programs or organizations not members of CSIET have not been evaluated and problems arising with exchange students will be directed solely tough that program without the backing of CSIET. District and charter schools are solely responsible for the programs with which they work.

Foreign Exchange Students: S.B. 5, Amendments to the Minimum School Program Budget, will take effect on July 1, 2007 which includes changes in policy for foreign exchange students. The World Language specialist will administer this program.

The funding formula for foreign exchange students is set in state law (see 53A-2-206).

District and charter schools will be reimbursed the equivalent of the current year’s value of the Weighted Pupil Unit for each foreign exchange student enrolled on October 1. State funding for exchange students is limited to a total of 328 students. The quota of exchange students per district and charter school will be set by the USOE on January 1. Any unused allocation will be redistributed on May 15.

Resources

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

Internatonal Students in Utah

World Languages