About Us

FLAG is a U.S.-based nonprofit international exchange organization proud of its 25-year history of successfully managing the responsibilities of being a U.S. State Department designated sponsor. Since 1989, FLAG has been dedicated to providing high quality international exchange experiences that transform the lives of high school students, host families and communities throughout the world. More than 5,000 students and families have been touched by FLAG throughout the years.

FLAG has achieved 100% compliance with all rules and regulations governing student exchange. This commitment to excellence brings pressure on FLAG to significantly increase the number of international exchange students it sponsors each year. But FLAG is committed to limiting that number so that it maintains the capacity to provide excellence in international exchange for the students, host families, schools and communities we serve.

FLAG supports J1 international exchange through three program divisions; FLAGship, FLAG Beyond Programs and Sponsored Programs. FLAG was founded upon the J-1 FLAGship Program that serves students from 25+ countries around the world. FLAGship’s excellence in exchange caught the attention of the U.S. State Department who recently selected FLAG to administer four of its most prestigious merit-based international exchange scholarship programs, thereby creating FLAG Sponsored Programs which were founded upon the success principals of FLAGship and currently administers the ASMYLE, CBYX, FLEX and YES programs. The FLAG Beyond Programs were created for F-1 students who desire extended stays or private school options.

At this moment, FLAG hosts over 500+ students from nations around the world who want to live and learn in the U.S. Developing life-long friendships and a keen awareness of the ethics and values in the U.S. are the main objective of these international students.


Michelle Kwan, 5-time World Figure Skating Champion and Senior Advisor with the U.S. Department of State




In its early years, FLAG achieved full accreditation status with the two main regulatory agencies in the U.S. exchange student industry: Designation as an official sponsor of Exchange Visitor Programs by the United States Department of State and acceptance for full listing in the Advisory List published by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (C.S.I.E.T.).


FLAG has earned and maintains an impeccable reputation and track record with both agencies. In 2002, after serving in a number of CSIET's Evaluation and Accreditation Committees and chairing CSIET's Accreditation Committee for 2 consecutive years, Founder Mazi Cunha was nominated and elected as a member of the CSIET Board of Directors for 2 consecutive 3-year terms.