About NOD

Nacel Open Door, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education.

Nacel International is a worldwide federation of organizations, companies, and representatives working together to deliver a culturally-immersive education around the globe. Nacel International is governed by a group of founding partners who work together to ensure standardized quality of programs and provide mutual support worldwide. Nacel Open Door, Inc. (NOD) is one of these founding partner organizations which, since 1957, has promoted programs and opportunities aimed at students who want to broaden their perspective of the world and gain practical experience living, working, and learning in another culture.

NOD has different programs to meet the varying desires of international students who are interested in exploring the world. For students who want a full year of study in another culture, NOD offers academic programs in both public and private schools. For those students more inclined to participate in short-term programs, NOD offers tutorials, homestays, and touring programs.

Language acquisition, experiential learning, global exploration, formal college preparatory education, and advanced online learning have become the hallmarks of Nacel.



The NOD national office is located in St. Paul, MN. Roughly 25 coordinators and regional managers, assisted by more than 200 local representatives, organize the programs on the state and local levels. NOD also employs both full-time and part-time employees to administer programs worldwide.


NOD is listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor.


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