Once the semester or academic year is over, there are several items to be mindful of before returning home.
If you plan to return home immediately after the program, it is recommended that you schedule your return flight for after the last day of final exams. All exchange students will be issued an F1 visa which has a 60 day grace period. Therefore students would have 60 days from the program end date to depart the US. This allows international students to travel within the US before returning home.