About us

STS Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and memorable exchanges for young people wishing to visit the US. Our mission is to empower young people to grow through education and cultural exchange.

STS Foundation is a proud member of the STS Education Group headquartered in Sweden. Our history begins there, in 1958 when the founder, Lars Magnussen sent our first group of students abroad to Austria. In 1986 Lars Magnusson founded STS Foundation in the United States and since then the organization has placed thousands of foreign high school exchange students, from over 40 countries. For over 30 years STS Foundation has taken great pride in our personal and caring approach to our students, host families, local coordinators, schools, partner organizations, and everyone involved in our program. STS Foundation is a clear leader in the field of international education and cultural exchanges.

STS Foundation is approved and designated by the Department of State, accredited by CSIET, The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. STS Foundation takes great pride in maintaining a high-quality, enriching program for our students, host families, and schools.

From the inception of the STS Foundation, we set out to meet the needs of students that wish to participate in a J1 high school exchange program. We made a decision to elevate the standards of the program to meet and exceed the industry standards.

We are committed to facilitating a life-changing program for all participants, with the sole purpose of providing students with a safe and nurturing environment where they can learn and grow with the opportunity to become citizen diplomats while learning about other cultures, and schools with the opportunity to enrich their educational environment.