The Stevens Initiative aims to give every young person the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to prosper in an increasingly interconnected world.


Virtual exchange uses online technology to connect young people around the world to learn and work together so they can build marketable global competencies and deepen their understanding of and ability to engage with people from other backgrounds.


There are several ways to get involved in virtual exchange through the Stevens Initiative. We encourage you to review the different pathways below to find the option that best fits your needs.

Join a Program

Schools, districts, postsecondary institutions, and nonprofit organizations can express interest in having young people participate in a virtual exchange program implemented by a Stevens Initiative grantee. Joining an existing program allows institutions and educators to benefit from the grantee’s content, partnership network, technology, facilitation training, and other forms of guidance and support and can be a great way to have a first experience with virtual exchange.

Join a Program

United States, Morocco, and United Arab Emirates: Design with a Partner

Educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in the United States, Morocco, or the United Arab Emirates can propose to design a virtual exchange program. The Stevens Initiative provides a matching and co-designing process to assist potential partners with co-creating quality virtual exchange programs that connect youth in Morocco or the United Arab Emirates with youth in the United States. The submission of an assessment form does not guarantee funding or a match.

Download the Expanded ‘Design With a Partner’ Pathway Chart PDF

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Apply for a Grant

The Stevens Initiative runs competitions to give grants to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that administer virtual exchange programs connecting youth in the United States and the MENA region.

The next Virtual Exchange Grant Competition should be announced in spring 2022.

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Attend an Event

The Initiative hosts events, both in-person and online, throughout the year to provide tools for and knowledge about virtual exchange implementation. These events are open to any interested individual or organization looking to learn more about virtual exchange.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions are half-day presentations (in-person or online) providing an introduction to virtual exchange, the Stevens Initiative, and basic steps for getting involved in a program or starting a new one.


Workshops are two-day in-depth trainings during which attendees learn about several critical aspects of successful virtual exchange programs, such as international partnerships, facilitation and facilitator training, and monitoring and evaluation.


Webinars are hour-long online, panels, interviews, or presentations on a range of topics such as different approaches to virtual exchange, evaluating virtual exchange programs, and using virtual exchange as part of campus internationalization.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Interest to Implementation – Bringing Virtual Exchange to Your Institution

After learning about virtual exchange, many educators and institutions don’t know how to make this global education opportunity possible for the young people they serve. There are many pathways to engage in virtual exchange, including researching and joining existing programs, piloting programs at a small scale with international partners, or tapping into…

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Explore Resources

The Stevens Initiative has created and collected several tools and resources, including publications and presentation recordings, to help anyone interested in virtual exchange learn how to design and run their own virtual exchange program.

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