Explore the World with
Nacel Open Door
Explore the World with
Nacel Open Door
Extraordinary experiences. Lasting friendships. Moments that can change your life. Discover a world outside your own with Nacel Open Door’s (NOD) student exchange programs.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Vocational Scholarship Program allows U.S. high school seniors to spend the year after graduation in Germany pursuing vocational interests.
American students can learn the culture and language of a foreign country by living with a host family and experiencing their daily life and activities.
The Nacel International School System (NISS) supports schools and students globally with exceptional international educational opportunities via administrative counsel and support and access to culturally immersive experiences through the network of Nacel Open Door programs and partners.
Study In the U.S.
Academic Year Program
Enjoy the classic foreign exchange experience with the Academic Year Program. Requiring a J-1 visa and focusing on cultural exchange, this program offers the opportunity to live with a host family, attend an American high school, and explore American culture for an academic semester or year.
Private School Program
Academically focused students with F-1 visas can study at a private American high school for multiple years, earn a U.S. high school diploma, and will live with a supportive host family throughout the length of their program.
Short Term Programs
Experience educational and recreational American culture firsthand by living with a host family for 1–5 weeks.
Discover the World. Unlock Your Potential.
Since 1957, Nacel Open Door, Inc. has promoted programs and opportunities aimed at students who want to broaden their perspective of the world and gain practical experience living, working, and learning in another culture.
Enhance Your Worldview by Hosting a Student
By opening your home to a Nacel Open Door student, you will provide a life-changing experience for a talented and bright young person, while also broadening your horizons and enhancing your own worldview.
"We have been first time parents, and it was so great. We have had the most enriching and rewarding experience of my life. It wasn't the easiest, but it was the best." - Former AYP Host Family
Connect International Students with American Host Families
Are you fascinated by other cultures? Passionate about connecting with others? Excited to share your American lifestyle? Then Nacel Open Door has the perfect opportunity for you! NOD is currently seeking individuals to serve as Local Representatives across the country. Local Representatives match international students with American host families and high schools in their area each school year. This position is a rewarding, paid service opportunity for individuals looking for a flexible schedule. Local Reps are outgoing individuals who possess the networking skills and contacts to successfully recruit new host families. Serving as a Local Rep is the perfect role for anyone with a passion of international cultural exchange!
Explore the World with NOD
With Nacel Open Door’s variety of foreign exchange programs—short term and long term, in the U.S. and abroad, and at schools of all different kinds—you’ll explore the world, make lifelong connections, and discover new cultures.
“I totally enjoyed my year. Thank you for making it possible for students like me to travel abroad!”
Vitoria, AYP Alumnus
Originally from Brazil, Vitoria attended high school in Wisconsin on the Academic Year Program. During her time in the United States, Vitoria volunteered to blog about her experiences as an exchange student.
Make An Impact
From becoming a host family to joining our team as a local representative or coordinator, Nacel Open Door has many ways in which you can benefit from our worldwide programs.