Advising for AYP

Common Questions

How does my student get their transcripts?

Students are expected to request transcripts from school staff upon completion or termination of their program. Host parents and NOD staff are not expected to facilitate this for the student. Typically, the student's partner organization in their home country helps them with this process.

Does my student have required classes? What other academic requirements are there?

Yes, AYP students are expected to enroll in a full course of study each semester. They are required to taken an English class all year and they are required to take one class in each of the following subjects: math, science, social science and an American government or history class. Once all requirements are fulfilled, students are encouraged to take classes that interest them. Students are required to earn a minimum of C grades at all times and attend school daily, plus are strongly encouraged to join activities as this helps them make friends and better acclimate to life and study in the U.S.

Is my student allowed to date someone while on program?

Your student is allowed to date on program if you (the host parent) are comfortable with it. Nacel Open Door supports host parents' decisions on dating. NOD encourages students to make a variety of friends and spend time with groups of people while on program in order to take full advantage of their exchange experience.

Who are the NOD Advising staff? What do they do?
Our Advising staff, Cory, Sandy, and Janel, are ready to help you!

Advising staff assist students and host families with cultural adjustments by providing culturally sensitive advising services, resource referrals, and assessment or evaluation services. They also help in situations where a student has not followed program rules or USA laws.

Can my student drive while on program?

Students are not allowed to drive any type of vehicle on program. Insurance and liability factors make it too risky to allow exchange students to drive. They cannot take Driver’s Education classes while in the USA and are encouraged to complete Driver’s Ed in their home countries.

Can my student participate in high-risk activities such as bungee jumping or archery?

Students are not allowed to participate in high-risk activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, spelunking, rock climbing outside (an inside climbing wall is okay), zip lining, extreme sports, etc. Students are also not allowed to fly on private planes. Students are not allowed to handle, possess or operate firearms or other weapons/equipment. Archery and fencing are only allowed if they are school offered courses in a highly controlled environment. High-risk activities are best enjoyed under the supervision of biological parents and in their respective home countries.

My student seems homesick. How can I help?

Encourage your student to view any cultural differences they are struggling with as a part of the greater exchange experience and to be realistic about their expectations. Suggest ways to relax if they seem tense or especially tired. Tell them they are brave for coming to live in a different country and to find humor in the cultural nuances. Suggest that they become involved in after school activities and clubs in order to stay social and active.

My student was caught cheating/plagiarizing at school. What should I do?

Typically, schools have various consequences for students caught cheating and plagiarizing. Once you know what the consequence is, please inform your local rep or coordinator of the incident.

My student admitted to doing something illegal/against program rules. What do I do?

Please inform your local rep, coordinator, or contact the Advising Department at or 1-800-622-3553. They will handle the situation and keep you apprised of the developments. 

My student is spending all of their free time on their mobile device. How do I handle this?

If your own children have to follow rules about device usage, please have the exchange student do the same. It is acceptable to place boundaries for the student if device usage is excessive, such as no devices at the dinner table, place all devices on the kitchen table before bedtime, etc. Sometimes students may simply need a reminder about what your family considers appropriate device usage. Please remember that students always need at least one way available to them to contact their natural parents.



Macedonians tend to be non-confrontational with new people and avoid speaking forcefully or too loudly.

Useful Documents

Student-Host Family Questionnaire 

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