Last year, he went on a foreign exchange program to the US.

I am quite confident that the sentence above is perfectly natural as I found several similar sentences in the COCA(Corpus of contemporary American English). However, I am not so sure whether these sound natural as well.

... he went to the US as a foreign exchange student.


... he went to the US for a foreign exchange program.


... he went to the US to join a foreign exchange program.

As regards the words marked in bold, which one sounds more natural to you?

  • The first one, or "... he went to the US on a foreign exchange program."
    – gotube
    Jul 4, 2021 at 6:56

1 Answer 1


The first one is fine. The other two read a little oddly, because the exchange would have had to be arranged before he travelled, so he didn't go to the US to join the scheme.

  • Exactly, The foreign exchange program is the mechanism, not the objective.
    – JavaLatte
    Dec 5, 2020 at 13:47

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