According to CSIET, exchange students not only have the opportunity of learning about new cultures, but also return to their home countries more emotionally and morally mature, and prepared to move forward in the 21st century.Destination country teachers find that foreign exchange students make overall studies more appealing as they bring a different perspective to the classroom that adds to the atmosphere of learning and the quality of discussion and interaction that takes place between students and teachers. During their academic year abroad, foreign exchange students gain valuable opportunities to grow, sharpen their critical thinking skills and improve on their

  • Effective communication skills
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Open-mindedness thus allowing them to see the world around them from a wider perspective realising the diversity of lifestyles, thought processes and cultures
  • Self-understanding and self discovery
  • Ability to work well and get along with others
  • Analytical thinking skills

*CSIET Board of Directors, July 2011