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The Nacel Open Door Difference

Since 1957, Nacel Open Door (NOD) has been one of the world’s leading student exchange programs, promoting a life-changing experience for its students and host families alike.

As one of the founding members of CSIET, quality exchange programs remain a cornerstone of our organization. With a full range of programs —long term and short term, public and private, individual and group, in the U.S. and abroad—NOD can help you explore the world.

Careers with Nacel Open Door

Student Exchange Students at Minnehaha Falls

Our Mission

Nacel Open Door, Inc. (NOD) is dedicated to promoting international understanding and language education. NOD believes it is essential for young people to develop a deeper awareness of their role as citizens of the world through direct experience in other cultures and languages. Homestays are the foundation of most NOD programs. The friendships that result from living as a member of a Host Family encourage continued communication and understanding of other peoples. NOD is committed to providing accessible and affordable programs.

Nacel Open Door a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education.

The Heart of NOD

We believe that our world can be made better if today's youth learns to understand and appreciate its cultural and linguistic diversity. Young people benefit from experiences that complement their classroom learning, help them develop an awareness of their role as world citizens, and instill in them an ability to enjoy and adapt to diversity and change. Opportunities to participate in such experiences must be accessible and affordable to as wide range of people as possible.

Immersion is the best way to become acquainted with another country’s people, heritage, and values. Living with a family provides a warm and secure setting for experiencing another culture. Programs without Host Family experiences should involve our students as closely as possible in the culture and life of the country in which they stay. The friendships that result from the sharing of family and cultural life encourage continued communication, growth, and understanding across borders.

"We really have enjoyed working with you and your agency. It has been great!"   - Former PSP Host Family

Students with local rep

Get Involved

Learn more about becoming a host family, joining NOD as a local rep or coordinator, and more!


NOD hosts hundreds of students each year

Our Team

The Nacel Open Door national office is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. NOD employs an experienced team to administer programs worldwide. In addition, we have a team of representatives who organize programs on state and local levels.

NOD Affiliations

Nacel International

Nacel International

Nacel International is a worldwide federation of organizations, companies, and representatives working together to deliver culturally immersive education around the globe. It offers academic programs in both public and private schools as well as short-term educational programs.

Nacel Open Door and Nacel International School System do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or disability in administration of its admissions and scholarship programs, the administration of its educational, athletic, or other school programs, or its employment practices.



Nacel Open Door is listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), which is a nonprofit organization committed to quality international educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level. CSIET’s purpose is to identify those organizations that successfully demonstrate:

  • Commitment to CSIET Standards
  • Dedication to the development and sharing of Community Best Practices
  • Support for the educational value of international youth exchange



U.S. Department of State

Nacel Open Door is designated by the United States Department of State (DOS) as a J-1 exchange visitor sponsor, adhering to the standards set forth regarding the screening, selection, school enrollment, orientation, and quality assurance monitoring of exchange students, host families, and field staff.


Program Options

Nacel Open Door offers a wide variety of programs for students ages 11-18, and we strive to make our programs accessible to all students across the world. Whether a student is looking for a culturally enriched adventure, an academically oriented experience, or only wants to stay a short while, we have a program to match their interests! 

"I want to thank the organization for giving me this opportunity.  It has been so incredible!"   - Clara, AYP Alumni


AYP Students - DC
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Nacel Open Door offers limited scholarships so that more students have the chance to explore the world through exchange programs.

What We Offer Students

What you will gain may vary slightly, depending on the program you choose, but overall you can expect to gain greater English competency, memorable relationships, diverse academic experiences, a deeper understanding of your own skills and strengths, a greater awareness of your role as a global citizen, and for some programs, college preparatory education.

 "This experience was truly the best thing for me and I was really unsure how this was going to go but I am so thankful that I did this program."   - Kristof, AYP Alumni