Application Requirement

Applicant for the SCSCA student exchange program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in the Santa Clara Unified School District or a high school resident of the City of Santa Clara.

  2. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to the SCSCA organization and participate in monthly SCSCA Youth Commission meetings as well as participate in its fund-raising and hosting activities (See list of meetings and events dates on the website calendar page).

Incomplete or late applications can jeopardize your acceptance into the exchange program. Please fill out the application forms completely and include the following documents.

  • A copy of a valid passport, which does not expire for at least 6 months after the visit ends

  • A color photograph of the applicant (1 inch x 2 inch)

  • TWO references about why the applicant would make a good ambassador for the City of Santa Clara, The State of California and the Unites States of America: references can be from a teacher, coach, mentor, employer, or advisor. These references can be emailed by the reference to SCSCA VP of the country you are visiting.  

  • A parent statement that includes one to three paragraphs on why the applicant would make a good ambassador for the City of Santa Clara, the State of California, and the United States of America.

  • Application finalists will be asked to come in for an interview on the date announced by SCSCA

  • Please send all documents to the SCSCA VP of the country you desire to visit.

  • You will find the application at the bottom of this page.

Selection Process

SCSCA will select the students based on the following:

  • Application documents completed in a timely manner (including valid passport) and commitment to and participation in the SCSCA activities. This will be one of the most important selection criteria.

  • Ability to focus on being a good representative for our city, state and country for the full duration of the trip.

  • Ability to attend orientation meetings scheduled after the selection process.

  • Interviews with the student with option of  his/her parent/guardian(s), which are to be scheduled after the application documents are submitted (See the Program Timelines at the bottom of this page.).

Upcoming Trips

Santa Clara Sister Cities will post 2020 trips at the end of 2019.