The Student Language Exchange is a community of college students on U.S. campuses. We believe global learning should be personal; it should bring peers together for honest exchange of ideas and life experiences.
In the 2013-2014 school year, over 880, 000 international students attended U.S. universities. SLE celebrates the diversity this brings to student communities, and we believe in the power of peer-to-peer exchange to raise awareness of underrepresented issues in global society. Our team competitively selects international students who speak languages not offered in the host institution’s formal curriculum. We rigorously train these SLE “fellows” to facilitate not-for-credit courses in their language and culture. Students who join SLE courses have the opportunity not only to learn basic language skills but also to understand the relevance of their fellow’s home in global society. We envision a world where peers learn intentionally from peers rather than passively from mainstream media or stereotypes. Diversity of language and life experience can be our greatest resources, if only we make room for dialogue.