Minnesota Secretary Of State - International Exchange Organizations in Minnesota
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International Exchange Organizations in Minnesota

International Student Exchange Organizations (ISEOs) bringing students to Minnesota for high school or other K-12 programs must first register with the Office of the Secretary of State, if the student's stay will be longer than 30 days. See the list of registered ISEOs below.  



Minnesota Statutes 5A.06 provides that complaints about International Student Exchange Organizations may be submitted to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The Secretary has the authority to forward these complaints to the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary also has the discretion to further investigate situations raised in complaints to determine whether the complaint is an isolated instance, or whether there is a systemic problem with placements by an organization. If the Secretary determines that the organization has failed to remain in compliance with the appropriate legal requirements, the registration of the organization may be terminated.


Host Family Background Check

ISEOs may request that host families fill out the follow form and submit it to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to ensure the safety of incoming Students. Host families are not required by law to complete this form, but if each person over the age of 18 residing in a household does not complete and submit this form to the organization requesting this authorization, the family will not be allowed to proceed with the application process.


Looking to register or amend your international exchange organization?

Use this form to register a new organization.

Use this form to amend an organization already registered.

Minnesota Secretary of State
Business Services
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building 60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55103

(Staffed 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday, excluding holidays)

Filing Fee: $150 filing fee for initial application or $50 filing fee for renewal payable to the MN Secretary of State.

Organization Name Address Contact Person Phone Expiration Date
AFS-USA, Inc. 120 Wall Street, 4th Floor  
New York, NY 10005
Keri Dooley 800-237-4636 04/12/2021
American Councils for International Education:ACTR/ACCELS 1828 L Str NW #1200 
Washington, DC 20036
Christina Pendzola-Naumenko 800-621-9559 11/24/2020
American Cultural Exchange Service

1 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 200 
Bellevue, WA 98005

Debbie Li 800-661-2237 08/16/2020
Amicus International Student Exchange 420 North Cascade Ave  
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Dana Lochner 651-238-8960  03/29/2021
Aspect Foundation 250 Columbus Ave #200  
San Francisco, CA 94133
Vivian Fearen  800-879-6884  04/03/2021
ASSE International Student Exchange Program 228 North Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Saphia Lesch  800-736-1760  08/24/2021
Ayusa International 600 California Str FL 10
San Francisco, CA 94108
Debra Slagle 888-552-9872  07/17/2021
Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Inc. 218 Knox Hwy 37
Wataga IL 61488
Harold Watters 218-343-3196  07/14/2021

Council for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA)

678 Front Ave NW #091A
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Michael Dulay 888-238-8721 08/15/2021
Council on International Educational Exchange 300 Fore Street
Portland ME 04101
Stephanie Smart 800-448-9944  03/20/2021
Cultural Academic Student Exchange  211 Bellevue Ave, Ste 204
Montclair, NJ 07043
Stacy Brewer 800-458-8336 04/02/2021
EF High School Exchange Year One Education St. 
Cambridge, MA 02141
Bob Fredette 1-800-447-4273 01/22/2021

Face the World Foundation 

755 Baywood Drive #380
Petaluma, CA 94954
Mary M. Kass 800-216-3223 12/11/2020

Forte International Exchange Association

7115 Leesburg Pike #217    
Falls Church, VA 20043
Carolyn Simmons 888-866-6869 3/15/2021
Friendly Exchange 3a. Calle 21-40 Zona 15 VH I
Guatemala City 01015
Bernie Bromenschenkel 763-933-0724  04/11/2021
Greenheart Exchange

712 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

Megan McGaughey 800-634-4771 12/26/2020
International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) 1988 Hurricane Creek Rd
Hurricane WV 25526
Bonnie Gunter 800-344-3566 04/13/2021
International Experience 209 S Water Street Suite 102
Northfield, MN 55057
Jennifer M Iler  866-794-4629 08/05/2021
International Fellowship, Inc. 8806 West Route 5 PO Box 130
Westfield, NY 14787
Karen L. Zent 800-647-8839 08/12/2021
International Student Exchange 36 Park Ave 
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Jeanette Murray 800-766-4656 11/16/2021
Nacel Open Door 101 East 5th St Suite 1900
St Paul MN 55101
Rae Lenway 800-622-3553 09/08/2021
North Star Districts 5950 and 5960 Youth Exchange 1700 Highway 36 West, Suite #820
Roseville, MN 55113
Richard Capp 763-200-4036 08/31/2021
NorthWest Student Exchange 4530 Union Bay Pl., NE #214
Seattle WA 98105
Marge Ryan 877-850-3312 01/24/2021
NW Services, Inc. PEACE Program 2604 Polk St
Caldwell ID 83605
Kimberly Kaiser 888-976-3977 07/23/2020
Organization for Cultural
Exchange Among Nations (OCEAN)
2101 E Broadway Rd., Ste 6
Tempe, AZ 85282-1735
Laura Stahl 888-996-2326 11/22/2020
Pan Atlantic Foundation 1 Union Street Suite 202
Portland, ME 04101
Laura Whelan 866-227-5335 11/17/2020

205 Keller Str #204
Petaluma, CA 94952

Theresa Nelson 800-522-4678 06/10/2021
Student American International, Inc.

4001 S Ocean Dr, Unit 6J,
Hollywood FL 33019

 Cheryl Taylor 800-639-0564 08/19/2020
United Studies

100 Ridgeway St #1A
Hot Springs, AR 71901

Renee Brown 888-212-3208 8/11/2021
World Heritage International Student Exchange Programs

277 Lower Cliff Drive 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Peter Hayes 800-888-9040 11/06/2020
Youth For Understanding USA Inc

6856 Eastern Ave. NW #310
Washington DC 20012

Heidi Petras 800-424-3691 08/27/2021