United Studies Student Exchange

United Studies specializes in both work and travel programs as well as high school exchange programs. Our programs are designed to promote educational and cultural growth between the United States and other countries. United Studies operates under the vision that international exchange can and will broaden understanding between people, from all parts of the world.

Company History

United Studies, Inc. Student Exchange was formed in 1985 through a “Sister-State Agreement” signed between the State of Oklahoma and the Prefecture of Kyoto, Japan. As a part of this agreement, five high school students from Kyoto would live with host families in Oklahoma and attend a local high school. Oklahoma students would also have the opportunity to study in Kyoto. The first year of this program was operated by the office of the Governor of Oklahoma, but due to the amount of time and manpower needed to manage the program, it was turned over to the private sector. The program was then developed into a non-profit organization and expanded to include students from all around the world placed across the U.S. The program has consistently grown in the near thirty years since its inception.


Our mailing address is:

United Studies, Inc.

P.O. Box 22863

Hot Springs, AR


Our Physical address for UPS, FedEx, and other parcel carriers is:

100 Ridgeway Street

Suite 1A

Hot Springs, AR



Department of State

United Studies, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a sponsor for the Academic Year Program and the Work and Travel Program. United Studies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization receiving no funding from the U.S. or any other government for its operations. No United Studies, Inc. J-1 participants receive government funding.


United Studies has been found by The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) to have fulfilled all of the requirements for listing and has been granted J1 listing for the Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs.