50th Anniversary

50 Years in 50 Words

Many years ago, Uta from Germany met Paul from Connecticut. They traveled the world. It changed their lives.

"Every young person needs this chance," they said, "to live abroad and make a difference." InterExchange was born.

50 years and thousands of exchange programs later, Uta and Paul’s mission lives on.

Our Impact, by the Numbers




Host businesses, camps, and families



Our History

In 1968, following their conviction that living and working abroad must be a part of everyone’s personal education, Uta and Paul Christianson began International Student Visitor Services, the organization that would become InterExchange.

Paul and Uta Christianson
Paul  Christianson
Uta Christianson

Paul and Uta Christianson. Images courtesy of InterExchange

  • 1968
    International Student Visitor Services (ISVS) is founded
  • 1970
    Work & Travel USA is launched
  • 1972
    Camp USA is launched
  • 1973
    ISVS becomes United States Student Travel Services (USSTS)
  • 1987
    USSTS becomes InterExchange, Inc.
  • 1988
    Au Pair USA is launched
  • 1997
    Trainee USA is launched
  • 2005
    Working Abroad is launched
  • 2007
    First Christianson and Working Abroad Grants are awarded by the InterExchange Foundation
  • 2008
    Intern USA is launched
  • 2016
    An ambitious Strategic Plan was created to chart the future of InterExchange
  • 2018
    InterExchange celebrates 50 years of cultural exchange while continuing to look to the future

The Next 50 Years

Our ambitious Strategic Plan will help us begin to chart our next 50 years, as we focus on the following goals

We will continue to make a difference in the lives of those central to our mission - our participants.

We will also position ourselves to play a larger and more influential role in promoting increased global engagement.

We will celebrate the difference we make in the lives of our participants, grantees, hosts, and local communities.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation