International Exchange Summit

International Exchange Summit (I.E. Summit) is the renowned global exchanges conference that connects awesome J-1 participants from all across the globe with local and international leaders across industries based in Florida.

Together, we foster connections and growth in the international exchange community and celebrate international cultural & educational exchanges between the people of the U.S. and the world.

Founded by a proud Alumna of J-1 Intern-Trainee Program – Mrs. Leslie Costa – International Exchange Summit convenes experienced speakers who will help exchanges participants to learn the cultural and historical aspects of the U.S., allow them to get inspired, and develop their highest potential during their J-1 journey in the U.S.

Our exchanges participants will be offered a life-changing experience of INSPIRATION , EMPOWERMENT & CONNECTIONS.

International Exchange Summit is a business unit of The International Student Company – A Cultural Exchange Agency based in Paris, Miami and Manila founded by Leslie Costa

I.E. Summit Experience


Finding inspiration from our experienced speakers and your own student exchanges community to ignite your passion.


Empowering each other to take action and raise awareness on the critical role that exchange programs play to enhance U.S. national security and prosperity by building productive partnerships and mutual understanding between nations.


Making personal connections with awesome J-1 participants who will become your future life-long friends.

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Known as The Most Epic International Students Networking Event in the U.S. – International Exchange Summit is featuring corporate leaders, authors, experts and entrepreneurs located in Florida. – check back for more speaker announcements and agenda updates.

Kristin Sheffer

CEO & Founder, Simply Free

Jerome Costa Domingues

Finance Manager FP&A, Bacardi North America

Yasmina Lazrak

Professor, International Management, Florida International

Cindy Makita

International Student Ambassador, Florida International

Meet the Founder

Leslie Costa

CEO & Founder at The International Student

Leslie can be considered a new age entrepreneur – still in her twenties and with her own business in Miami that is thriving through her determination to give other aspiring business minds the same opportunity as she experienced on a journey towards early success and lasting career prosperity.

For the last six years, Leslie has been the custodian for connecting students, graduates and young professionals, seeking to enrich their own career prospects, with valuable work experience opportunities throughout the United States.

As a true cross cultural advocate – Leslie can be found speaking about the benefits of getting out of comfort zone by engaging in cultural exchange experience at corporate events, webinars at local and international schools including Hult International Business School in San Francisco, ESADE Business School in Spain, European Business School in Germany, Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

Mrs. Costa holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from Groupe INSEEC in Paris, France.

Our Proud Sponsors

Together we succeeded to organize The International Exchange Summit which offers the opportunity for international exchange participants to gain a holistic cultural exchange experience and further learn more about the life in the U.S.

This Summit is made possible by the participation and involvement of our partners: