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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.
 
Greg White
President and CEO
 
After completion of his studies at the University of Oklahoma, Greg began his career with international exchange programs. Shortly after his employment began in 1988, Greg was asked to take on the role of President, as he still serves today. Over the years United Studies has seen thousands of students from a variety of countries, successfully complete programs offered through United Studies. Greg has been very involved with the development of international exchange on a global level. Much of his involvement places a focus on the safely, health and welfare for international participants. Greg served on the Board of the Council on Standards for International Exchange and Travel (CSIET). Over his six year term with CSIET, he served on the Executive Committee, Model School Policy Committee, as well as Secretary and Treasurer. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, running and travel. Greg has three sons and a daughter from Russia.


College Work and Travel staff

 
Samatha Hess   Marque Haupert
Program Director, Work and Travel   Director of Student Services, Work and Travel
     
Samantha Hess came to United Studies in January of 2013 to serve as Program Director for our J1 Summer Work and Travel Program. Samantha previously has 21 years of teaching experience at the Wynne School District in Wynne, Arkansas. She enjoys working with participants from other countries, learning about their cultures and helping them to be successful in their stay in the United States. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Arkansas State University. Samantha has two children and is currently fostering a Min Pin named Daisy.
  Marque comes to us with a Higher Education Administration background with a focus on student living experiences and diversity education. After having studied at Truman State as a music major and the University of Denver in college student development, she worked for several public and private universities administering campus living spaces that included event planning; recruiting, hiring, and supervising; as well as, partnering with neighboring departments, such as the International Student Service program.
     



High School Programs Staff

   
Rene Brown
Danielle Allenbrand
Jacki Dyrholm
Program Driector, High School Programs
Program Compliance Manager and ARO, High School Programs   Admissions and Marketing Manager, High School Programs
         
Rene’ began her adult life as a registered nurse. Her love of international exchange began when she hosted her first student from France. She loved it so much that she began working for the organization. She has been a champion of exchange students almost as long as she has been a parent to her three biological children. Her family is world wide as is her knowledge of all things exchange. Rene’ knows the business and the heart of working with exchange students better than most. Her family has hosted 30 students and all three of her children have been exchange students. She has made exchange her life’s focus. Along with her love of animals and family, exchange students bring her joy. Always on the go, René not only wrangles exchange students and host families, but she wrangles horses, dogs, and chickens! She also absolutely loves being a grandma to two young grandchildren. You can contact her to talk about anything. René is also the first point of contact for international partners looking to send students to United Studies.
Danielle was exposed to exchange while in high school. Her family hosted a student from France and a student from China. The memories of being a host sister stuck with Danielle so when she became a mom, she encouraged her family to begin hosting students. Hosting turned into an opportunity to work with United Studies as a coordinator and now in the office. Danielle loves exchange and working with families, students and coordinators to help everyone have a successful experience. She hopes that everyone learns and grows from exchange and tries to find the life lesson in each memory. Danielle and her husband have two children of their own and an ever-growing family of exchange students. Danielle loves working in her flower garden, talking to new people and tries to spend time recharging at the beach as often as possible! Danielle hopes to make the world a smaller place through exchange.
After answering an advertisement looking for host families for exchange students, Jacki and her family wholeheartedly embraced the program and became active participants in the exchange student community. She believes that growing up around the world as a US Navy "brat", moving to Europe after college, and marrying a guy from Denmark has helped prepare her for hosting and working with exchange students. They have hosted seven exchange students since 2012. She and her family live in the Washington DC metro area with their six dogs (plus foster dogs from various animal rescues), a horse, and two miniature horses. Buying a farm is next on their list! Besides trying to convince everyone they need to host an exchange student, Jacki enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, and reading. She is happy to be a part of the United Studies team and to continue to expand her knowledge of the world through student exchange.



Camp Counselor

Mason White
Camp Counselor Administrator
 
Mason grew up in central Arkansas surrounded by exchange students from a very early age. His family hosted students from when he was born up until he was in high school. When the school year was over Mason would spend many summers at different summer camps enjoying the outdoors. The memories of the joyful weeks spent at camp with his fellow campers and staff are still with him to this day. Now, Mason spends most of his free time kayaking and fly fishing or just spending time in the outdoors of Northwest Arkansas. Mason was ecstatic to be a part of United Studies and give others a chance to experience the gift of cultural exchange and the joys of camp.

 
 
CONTACT US

Email: High School Programs
           Summer Work and Travel Programs
           Camp Counselor
 
 
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.
 
 

 
Mailing address:
United Studies, Inc.
P.O. Box 22863
Hot Springs, AR
71903-2863
Physical address for UPS, FedEx, and other parcel carriers:
United Studies, Inc.
100 Ridgeway Street, Suite 1A
Hot Springs, AR
71901-7157

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.
 
Greg White
President and CEO
 
After completion of his studies at the University of Oklahoma, Greg began his career with international exchange programs. Shortly after his employment began in 1988, Greg was asked to take on the role of President, as he still serves today. Over the years United Studies has seen thousands of students from a variety of countries, successfully complete programs offered through United Studies. Greg has been very involved with the development of international exchange on a global level. Much of his involvement places a focus on the safely, health and welfare for international participants. Greg served on the Board of the Council on Standards for International Exchange and Travel (CSIET). Over his six year term with CSIET, he served on the Executive Committee, Model School Policy Committee, as well as Secretary and Treasurer. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, running and travel. Greg has three sons and a daughter from Russia.


College Work and Travel staff

Samatha Hess
Program Director, Work and Travel
 
Samantha Hess came to United Studies in January of 2013 to serve as Program Director for our J1 Summer Work and Travel Program. Samantha previously has 21 years of teaching experience at the Wynne School District in Wynne, Arkansas. She enjoys working with participants from other countries, learning about their cultures and helping them to be successful in their stay in the United States. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Arkansas State University. Samantha has two children and is currently fostering a Min Pin named Daisy.
 
 
Marque Haupert
Director of Student Services, Work and Travel
 
Marque comes to us with a Higher Education Administration background with a focus on student living experiences and diversity education. After having studied at Truman State as a music major and the University of Denver in college student development, she worked for several public and private universities administering campus living spaces that included event planning; recruiting, hiring, and supervising; as well as, partnering with neighboring departments, such as the International Student Service program.



High School Programs Staff

Rene Brown
Program Driector, High School Programs
 
Rene’ began her adult life as a registered nurse. Her love of international exchange began when she hosted her first student from France. She loved it so much that she began working for the organization. She has been a champion of exchange students almost as long as she has been a parent to her three biological children. Her family is world wide as is her knowledge of all things exchange. Rene’ knows the business and the heart of working with exchange students better than most. Her family has hosted 30 students and all three of her children have been exchange students. She has made exchange her life’s focus. Along with her love of animals and family, exchange students bring her joy. Always on the go, René not only wrangles exchange students and host families, but she wrangles horses, dogs, and chickens! She also absolutely loves being a grandma to two young grandchildren. You can contact her to talk about anything. René is also the first point of contact for international partners looking to send students to United Studies.
 
 
Danielle Allenbrand
Program Compliance Manager and ARO, High School Programs
 
Danielle was exposed to exchange while in high school. Her family hosted a student from France and a student from China. The memories of being a host sister stuck with Danielle so when she became a mom, she encouraged her family to begin hosting students. Hosting turned into an opportunity to work with United Studies as a coordinator and now in the office. Danielle loves exchange and working with families, students and coordinators to help everyone have a successful experience. She hopes that everyone learns and grows from exchange and tries to find the life lesson in each memory. Danielle and her husband have two children of their own and an ever-growing family of exchange students. Danielle loves working in her flower garden, talking to new people and tries to spend time recharging at the beach as often as possible! Danielle hopes to make the world a smaller place through exchange.
 
 
Jacki Dyrholm
Admissions and Marketing Manager, High School Programs
 
After answering an advertisement looking for host families for exchange students, Jacki and her family wholeheartedly embraced the program and became active participants in the exchange student community. She believes that growing up around the world as a US Navy "brat", moving to Europe after college, and marrying a guy from Denmark has helped prepare her for hosting and working with exchange students. They have hosted seven exchange students since 2012. She and her family live in the Washington DC metro area with their six dogs (plus foster dogs from various animal rescues), a horse, and two miniature horses. Buying a farm is next on their list! Besides trying to convince everyone they need to host an exchange student, Jacki enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, and reading. She is happy to be a part of the United Studies team and to continue to expand her knowledge of the world through student exchange.



Camp Counselor

Mason White
Camp Counselor Administrator
 
Mason grew up in central Arkansas surrounded by exchange students from a very early age. His family hosted students from when he was born up until he was in high school. When the school year was over Mason would spend many summers at different summer camps enjoying the outdoors. The memories of the joyful weeks spent at camp with his fellow campers and staff are still with him to this day. Now, Mason spends most of his free time kayaking and fly fishing or just spending time in the outdoors of Northwest Arkansas. Mason was ecstatic to be a part of United Studies and give others a chance to experience the gift of cultural exchange and the joys of camp.

 
 
CONTACT US

Email: High School Programs
           Summer Work and Travel Programs
           Camp Counselor
 
 
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.
 
 

 
Mailing address:
United Studies, Inc.
P.O. Box 22863
Hot Springs, AR
71903-2863
 
Physical address for UPS, FedEx, and other parcel carriers:
United Studies, Inc.
100 Ridgeway Street, Suite 1A
Hot Springs, AR
71901-7157

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