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Our Story

ICEO was established to engage young people of different countries in international cultural exchange programs. We wanted to offer our participants an “experience of a lifetime,” helping them build their confidence, independence, and preparing them for the challenges of the global community. Our programs are meant to build the professional and cultural awareness of everybody involved as well as a mutual understanding between international participants and their local host communities in both United States and overseas.

Our headquarters are located in Folsom, California. From here we coordinate all international and domestic ICEO activities.

ICEO is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor four Exchange Visitor Programs. We also coordinate an outbound exchange program for U.S. residents.

What We Do

Exchange Visitor Program to the U.S.

Our Exchange Visitor Programs include options for overseas college students, recent graduates and young professionals to temporarily live and explore United States and American culture, while exposing Americans to their own cultures and customs.

Outbound Exchange Program

The Outbound Exchange Program offers U.S. residents the opportunity to live and explore their choice of numerous overseas destinations.

Cultural Activities

We plan and arrange multiple cultural activities for many of our program participants. These events include guided sightseeing tours, local activities, and community involvement.

Host Company Placement

We greatly value the participation of U.S. host companies in our programs. Our services are free of charge to U.S. host companies and include dedicated support through every step of the placement and hosting process.

Our Mission

To promote mutual understanding between nations through engaging young people of different countries in international cultural exchange programs.

ICEO Facts

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Established in 2001

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80,000+ participants and counting

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Over 1,000 host companies have hosted ICEO participants

Learn more about becoming one of them.

Countries Reached

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Participants from 25+ different countries

American participants have traveled to Poland, Brazil, and Thailand


COVID-19 | 2023

As the pandemic nears its end, we remain focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our Team Members, Program Participants, and Host Communities. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe and seamless transition back to normalcy.

Although these past few years have been challenging, we are optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing our work in support of our communities. As we move forward, we remain committed to providing the best possible experience for our participants while prioritizing their health and safety.

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to navigate these unprecedented times.

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