Student Exchange Program

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Capital High School supports exchange opportunities for students. Students can select from a variety of countries and programs and may exchange for a year, semester or summer. All of the arrangements are the responsibility of the Capital student’s family.

Generally speaking, students receive credit for high school work abroad with a “P” grade for classes which meet for the same amount of time as would a class at Capital, i.e. 75 hours. Students are expected to complete U. S. History, 11thAmerican Literature and senior social studies in either summer school or upon their return if they choose to graduate with their class. Occasionally a student may choose to remain in high school for a longer period of time. It is important to work out the details with your counselor as early as possible so that all options may be considered.

  • West Olympia Rotary/Rotary Summer Programs
  • Olympia Host Lions Club
  • Established Exchange Organizations


Below are some of the exchange organizations which are approved by the Secretary of State. Fees vary. It is important to let your CHS counselor know of your plans as soon as possible.

  • AFS Intercultural Programs: 800-AFS-INFO
  • ASSE (American Scandinavian Student Exchange): 714-494-4100
  • Cultural Homestay International: 415-459-5397
  • International Summerstays: 206-455-0022 or 503-274-1776
  • NWSE (Northwest Student Exchange): 206-683-3100
  • EF (Educational Foundation for Foreign Study): 800-11-SHARE
  • People to People High School Student Ambassador Program: 509-534-0430
  • YFU (Youth for Understanding): 800-TEENAGE or 202-966-6800