© 2020-21 by Project Exchange

 The first ever youth-led, digital learning experience that uses design thinking, community journalism, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to strengthen language learning and cross-cultural collaboration.


A new, groundbreaking opportunity for middle and high school students.

The Digital Exchange Program (DEP) is a free study abroad experience, all online. Students are matched with a peer from a different country, and over 12 weeks, participate in weekly video calls and activities to simulate the exchange experience. DEP pairs are grouped into “families” and matched with a college facilitator—mentors who help the group dig deeper and question/process what they’re learning!

After the program, students will have increased cross-cultural understanding and are empowered to learn from and work with people who are different from them (culturally, geographically, ideologically, etc.) to tackle global issues. DEP graduates can apply for Project Exchange’s Impact Incubator fellowship, where they will receive 1:1 mentorship, skill-building workshops, and mini-grants to implement a community action project to promote intercultural understanding. Students can even come back as DEP facilitators or join Project Exchange’s Executive Leadership team!


Program Overview

​Time Commitment?

  • 12-week online exchange program 

  • 2-3 hours/week: 1 video call, 1 follow-up activity, 1 online dialogue 

The entire program will be based online through Google Drive, Slack, and Zoom.

What will you gain?

  • Community journalism education centered around UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Leadership opportunities 

  • 1:1 support for the community-based initiative you will create 



3 main themes will be covered over 12 weeks. 


More (important!) Info

Is the program open right now? 

The Spring 2020 cohort will run from April 6-June 26 and is accepting applications from middle & high school students around the world until March 27.

Want more detailed information ? 

  • Learn more about the Digital Exchange Program from our Founder & CEO, Ashley Lin, in this webinar.

  • For a week-by-week split of the curriculum and more details on what to expect, click here!  


Apply as a student!

Apply as a facilitator!

            Are you: 

  • A middle or high school student?

  • Interested in language & culture?

  • Able to commit to a free, 12-week online exchange program?

                  Are you:

  • A high school senior or college student?

  • Interested in dialogue facilitation, intercultural learning, and/or international relations?

  • Able to commit to working with 4-5 DEP student pairs over a 12-week exchange program

Learn more about becoming a facilitator here



Text-Based DEP

Want to participate in the Digital Exchange Program but have limited internet access? Can’t get on video calls? Can’t commit to 12 weeks?

Click here to learn more about Textbook: our text-message based Digital Exchange Program!

  • Choose between 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks

  • Completely over text-message: text, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger

  • 1 text message/day!