Not all study abroad programs are alike. Neither are student exchange programs. Start a file, on paper and online. Learn everything you can about the global exchange program. Check out the fine print. Compare program features with other student abroad or exchange programs. You want to make sure the program is well-established and has a good reputation with students and host families alike. A little bit a research goes a long way in making sure your world traveler is safe and secure on his or her trip.