A Full Immersion Experience

Posted on Nov 8, 2017
A Full Immersion Experience

“I like to join a little bit of everything. That is just my personality.” Such a true statement from Lingli, or Shelly, who arrived on the PSE program from China last year as an 11th grader, and will be graduating from high school this spring.  In the two years she has been in the U.S., […]

Four Years and a Lasting Bond

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Four Years and a Lasting Bond

When Xiaoyu, or Kevin, first arrived to the U.S. on the PSE program as an 8th grader, his host family had no idea that they would end up hosting him for the next three years. “I thought maybe we would host a student once, but after Kevin’s first year with us he was family. We […]

Trimester Student Finds Peace During Hurricane

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Trimester Student Finds Peace During Hurricane

Luca had never experienced anything even similar to a hurricane in her home town of Cologne, Germany. A PSE trimester program student attending high school in Ormond Beach, Florida, Luca experienced her first hurricane when Hurricane Irma hit the area she had been living with her host family in September. “At first I was very scared […]

Trimester Program Fulfills Student’s Dream

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
Trimester Program Fulfills Student’s Dream

“Ever since I was little, I’ve dreamed of coming to the States to study,” says Benoit, a PSE Trimester program student from France. The problem was, his parents did not feel comfortable with him leaving for a year. So, Benoit was very pleased when he discovered the PSE Trimester program, which involves living with a host family […]

From Only Child to Big Sister for 12 Weeks

Posted on Jun 23, 2017
From Only Child to Big Sister for 12 Weeks

Ela is a 16 year old girl from a small town in northwest Germany, where she lives with her parents, three dogs, two horses and cat. In March, she arrived to Rockford, IL, the second largest city in Illinois outside of Chicago, to a host family in which she gained three younger host siblings instantaneously. […]

Inspiration Gained from Service Project

Posted on Jun 15, 2017
Inspiration Gained from Service Project

Chenhui, or Billy, from China arrived to St. Louis Park, MN last fall to begin his PSE experience. As a requirement of his Religion class curriculum, he and his classmates had to complete a service project. Billy decided to volunteer at a local nursing home, and spent three hours every Sunday from February through April […]

Chess and Christmas are among Greatest Discoveries

Posted on Jun 9, 2017
Chess and Christmas are among Greatest Discoveries

When Sihan, or Hans, arrived to Tyler, Texas last year, he decided to try something different. So, he joined the Chess Club. Several months later, he was awarded second place in a chess competition. Hans was not aware of his passion for chess until joining the Chess Club at school. The Chess Club teacher is a […]

Four Years Leaves Lasting Impact

Posted on Jun 2, 2017
Four Years Leaves Lasting Impact

When Jiangnan, or Michael as he is known by his U.S. peers, arrived on the PSE program four years ago, he had no idea that acting would become an integral part of his experience. Michael had some prior experience with musicals and plays, and claims to have always had an interest in art, music, theater, […]

Program Advances Young Musician’s Dreams

Posted on Jun 1, 2017
Program Advances Young Musician’s Dreams

Hayun arrived on the PSE program two years ago with the dream of becoming a film music composer. This year, Hayun will graduate from her high school in Rochester, NY, and will go on to college to continue her studies to pursue this goal. In her native country of Korea, Hayun developed a passion for […]

Becoming a Team Player through Dance

Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Becoming a Team Player through Dance

Tianyu’s passion for ballet started four years ago in China, and for years, she danced classical ballet solo routines. In America, Tianyu was introduced to Dance Team at her high school in Oregon, and it has changed her life. “My team is like family to me. They are always there to support me,” says Tianyu. Tianyu […]

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