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"Having studied abroad a few times during high school, I can testify that studying in a different country, living and observing a foreign culture, and learning a new language allows you to gain self-confidence and awareness. Whether you are considering spending a summer, semester, or year overseas, the study abroad experience provides ample opportunities for you to take risks, try new things (ranging from food to social situations), and leave your comfort zone. It is not always easy and can be downright frustrating, but ultimately the experience is very rewarding as it eases the transition from adolescence to adulthood, enabling you to develop communication and problem-solving skills and to mature both intellectually and emotionally." —Connie Ip.

Featured Articles on High School Study Abroad and Exchange Programs
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Full Scholarships for High School Study Abroad by Connie Ip
International High School Exchange Programs by Jennifer Viale
An Australian High School Youth Exchange with YFU by Chelsea Fosse
The Adventure of High School Study Abroad in an Asian Country by Vanessa Relli-Moreau
Diversity in Study Abroad: Ways to Include Underrepresented Communities in Exchange Programs by Carole Patterson
Study Abroad at High Schools Worldwide in the United World College Network: Get Your International Baccalaureate by Nora Dunn
A High School Summer in Egypt Studying Arabic by Connie Ip

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
AMIGOS operates in nine countries throughout the Americas — in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. With AMIGOS, you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth meanwhile building your own leadership skills. AMIGOS summer projects range from 4-9 weeks and are open to students from 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency. AMIGOS programs focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health, children's rights, environmental sustainability, creative expression, social enterprise and sports and fitness.
Students in the Dominican Republic Dates offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost

Community Service Learning Programs in Africa, Asia & Latin America
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
It's like Peace Corps for Teens. Programs are offered in 12 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites in different countries while they learn the local culture and history, and serve the community through meaningful volunteer efforts. Students learn about the country’s education system and can help improve the lives of children. GLA’s goal is to provide life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective who will seek positive change in their own communities.

Programs in 12 destinations: China, Tanzania, Ghana, Fiji, India, Bali, Thailand, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and The Galapagos.

Teen Volunteer Programs with GLA Dates: summer (June, July, August); spring break
Cost: $1,799 - $4599
Contact: Global Leadership Adventures, 10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A, San Diego, CA  92108
Tel: +1 858-771-0645

Broadreach Summer Adventures for Middle School, High School and College Students
Since 1993, Broadreach has taken over 12,000 students on their worldwide summer adventure learning programs for middle school, high school and college students. Their 75+ program offerings include marine biology, scuba, sailing, language immersion, medicine, culture, arts, community service, outdoor skills and leadership adventures. Programs are located in 40+ countries including the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada, Australia, China, India, South Africa, France, Thailand, the Solomon Islands and Fiji. Many Broadreach programs qualify for college credit and all incorporate a community service ranging from 5-55 hours. Multiple certifications including PADI scuba certifications, IYT certifications, and Wilderness First Responder are also offered through many of their programs.
Broadreach academic treks Dates: 14-31 day programs in June, July and August.
Cost: Starting at $3880
Contact: Broadreach, 806 McCulloch Street, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27603

Adventures Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure.
Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC) offers Gap Semesters, domestic and international adventure programs in 20 countries and 4 western states throughout North America, the South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. With over 30 years of experience, ARCC students travel to a variety of the world's most spectacular locations and participate in activities such as community service projects, cultural immersion, SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking, zip-lining, and more! ARCC offers innovative service oriented experiences for teenagers and has remained a pioneer of adventure travel and teen summer programs for young people.
Teen Programs ARCC Dates: 2-5 week programs every summer June through August and 90-day Gap semester programs every fall and spring
Cost: $1,500 - $2,200 per week
Contact: Adventures Cross-Country, 242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel.: To get more information or request a catalog call our headquarters at 415-332-5075

Where There Be Dragons
Summer and Gap Year Semester Programs in Asia, Latin America and Africa
Where There Be Dragons offers summer and gap year learning adventures in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Through off-the-beaten-path travel, home-stays, language study, service, and wilderness exploration, Dragons provides an authentic survey of culture, landscape and development issues in the world's most intriguing locales.
WhereThereBeDragons Cost: $5,050 - $10,375
Dates: Fall Semester: September 6th- December 8th.
Spring Semester: February 9th- May 12th
Contact: Where There Be Dragons, 3200 Carbon Place, Unit 102, Boulder, CO 80301, USA.
Tel/Fax: 303-413-0822, 303-413-0857

South Australian Government Schools
South Australian Government Schools provide exciting study abroad experiences for international primary and high school students from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to learn and improve your English, receive a good education, participate in extra-curricular activities and make friends. You can choose to study in a metropolitan school in the capital city of Adelaide or in one of South Australia's regional schools. Comprehensive student support services include an orientation program, homestay accommodation services, subject counseling, ongoing English language support and 24 hour emergency contact.
SAGS Australian Schools for Teens Dates: Programs are available all year round.You can commence study at the beginning of the school term or mid-term
Cost: You can view all program costs on the South Australian Government Schools website
Contact: South Australian Government Schools, GPO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001
Tel/Fax: +618 82263402; +618 8226 3655

Global Works | Travel with Purpose
Educational Travel for High School Students and Groups

Celebrating 26 years of community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and groups! Choose from Community Service, Language Immersion, and Global Action and Adventure travel opportunities. Programs are offered around the world for students looking for an enriching and life changing experience
Global Works Teen Travel with a Purpose Dates: 1- 4 week programs between from June – August.
Location: Worldwide.
Cost: $1,995-$6,995.
Contact: Global Works, 1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027.
Tel: 303-545-2202.

AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.
A non-profit organization that sends high-school students for the year, summer, or semester to more than 50 countries to live with host-families and attend local schools. AFS utilizes volunteers on their staff in order to keep fees low.


AIFS Programs for High Schools Students
Programs provide teen students the opportunity to experience an international educational program, giving them a taste of university life and helping strengthen their prospects for acceptance at a leading university through foreign language study or liberal arts courses abroad. Program locations worldwide for both the summer and semester.


Arete Adventures in Greece
Provides High School Students with Educational Tours through the Classical Sites of Ancient Greece
Arete Adventures is a two-week, overseas travel program designed to introduce high school students to the glory of Ancient Greece. At Arete Adventures, we explore the anicent world while enjoying modern Greece, all while engaging in once-in-a-life multi-cultural opportunities. Our all inclusive tours are the easiest and most affordable way to see Greece or establish a travel program with your school or organization. Email or go to our website for more info.


ASPECT Foundation
Teen Study Abroad Programs
Students, travel to a country of their choice around the world and live with a host family, while attending high school for an academic year or semester. See website for more info.


British American Educational Foundation
Placement in British boarding schools for 13th year of high school.

Contact: 840 Rock Rimmon Rd., Stamford, CT 06903; 203-487-8949;,

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Study Abroad and Exchanges for U.S. High School Students
"Prepare yourself to live, work, and succeed in a global economy. Study abroad connects American high school students with future leaders around the world, enabling them to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health. Scholarship opportunities are open to all American high school students who meet program eligibility criteria. The Department of State seeks applicants representing the diversity of the United States."

Some of the many options include:

Visit: to see more information.

An non-profit organization founded 65 years ago, CIEE offers summer, semester, and year-long High School Study Abroad programs for students arranged in Botswana, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, and Tanzania with a strong emphasis on language learning. Program includes enrollment in a local high school, housing and meals with local host families, pre-departure and arrival orientation, travel, insurance, and 24 hour support.

Visit: 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101; 1.800.40.STUDY;

Student Educational Travel

Our Eco-Classroom school trips are customized, planned collaboratively with teachers, and help to leverage what you are already doing in the classroom while opening eyes and minds to the amazing world we are all a part of. Our tours aim to not simply ‘see the sights’ of some of the most inspiring places on Earth, but to become immersed in a completely new environment, culture and language. The entire trip is about biology and ecology, about language and culture, about conservation and service.


The Experiment in International Living (A Program of World Learning)
The Experiment has offered transformational learning experiences for over 70 years. Summer programs, from three to five weeks, are available for high school students in more than 25 countries worldwide. Experimenters focus on themes such as community service, language study, travel, peace studies, ecology, the arts, or outdoor adventure. Homestays, experiential learning, and language immersion are part of the programs.

Contact: 1 Kipling Rd., P.O. Box 676, Brattleboro, VT 05302; tel. 800-345-2929;,

Greenheart Travel
High School Abroad

Life-changing high school abroad programs in 20 countries around the world. Greenheart is a non profit with over 20 years of experience in cultural exchange. The staff provides expert guidance and personalized support to each student and their parents throughout the program. In addition to semester and academic year programs, they offer affordable three month programs in selected countries.


International Summer School in St Andrews, Scotland
Offers high school students from all over the world (aged 14-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the historic and picturesque seaside town of St Andrews. Offering a brilliant selection of Academic and Elective options and a summer experience like no other! Courses available in Creative Writing, Film, Debating, Golf, Cultural programs and much more.


International Studies Abroad (ISA)
High School Study Abroad for College Credit
Offers programs in several countries worldwide, including China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, Peru, and Spain.


A School Year in Britain
Spend one term or a full school year studying in Britain at a local high school while living with a local host family.


Nacel Open Door
Nacel Open Door is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education. American students ages 16 to 18 live with a family and attend high school for either a trimester, semester or school year in one of 8 countries: Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, or Spain. Summer programs are also available. Application and program fees. Scholarships available.


Oxford Royale Academy
Academic Summer Courses in Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy (ORA) is a British company with a real passion for international education. Each year our team works harder to compile stimulating and rewarding programmes for all ages, bringing together outstanding teachers (many of whom teach at Oxford University), energetic counsellors, brilliant guest speakers and professional support staff.


Study Abroad Experiential Education in Nepal

Offers opportunities for students to live and learn abroad by placing strong emphasis on experiential education and cultural immersion. Our diverse programs run year-round, in seven to twelve-week fall and spring semester, eight to nine-week winter and six-week summer sessions. All our programs whether semester, summer or personal have some similar components—homestay with a local family, language study, and the option of internship or a volunteer situation.


PAX Abroad
Pax, a non-profit, offers exchange programs for U.S. high school students, ages 15 to 18, with homestays for the school year and summer in Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherland. Program fees.


Putney Student Travel
For 64 years, Putney Student Travel has offered high school and middle school students the opportunity and insight to shape their world through travel, unique cultural engagement, friendship, and fun. Our summer programs for high school and middle school students include community service, language immersion, adventure travel, pre-college enrichment, and global awareness.
We believe that an essential component of every young person’s education is passionate engagement with the world in the company of carefully selected peers—an experience that goes far beyond looking out the window of a teen tour bus. We offer summer programs in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Some examples of programs include: Farm to Table in Italy, Writing in Ireland, Community Service Costa Rica, Community Service India, Global Awareness in Action Rwanda, Global Awareness in Action Cambodia and more.

Contact: 345 Hickory Ridge Rd., Putney, VT 05346; 802-387-5000;,

School Year Abroad (SYA)
A consortium including top independent schools across the country, School Year Abroad (SYA) is the only secondary-level program that allows students to live with a European or Chinese family for an entire academic year while earning U.S. graduation credits and preparing for selective U.S. colleges and universities. Students come from public and private schools across the U.S. and must go through a selection process. Tuition and fees apply.

Contact: 439 South Union St., Lawrence, MA 01843; Tel. 978-725-6828;,

STS Foundation
International Exchange Program for High School Students
U.S. High School students, ages 15 to 18, can live and study abroad. Its programs in France, Germany, Italy, and Austria require at least two years of formal language training. Programs in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands have no language requirements. Programs are also offered in New Zealand and South Africa, and summer homestays are available as well. Application and program fees.

Contact: 6946 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; Tel. 800-522-4678;,

The Traveling School
Specialized High School Courses, Overseas Travel, Outdoor Adventure, and Fun For Girls
The Traveling School is a new semester-long program for teenage girls ages 15-18 who wish to enhance their traditional academic experience with an overseas adventure.  Students earn full academic credit for seven semester courses in math, history, science, language arts, foreign language, PE, and Global Studies. The fall program travels to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. The spring program travels to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Emphasis is also placed on the development of outdoor skills. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Tuition and fees apply. Scholarships available.


Two Worlds United
High School International Student Programs
Two Worlds United a worldwide leader in international education offers quality student exchange opportunities that include a choice of more than 45 countries, and an academic time period to suit individual purposes. Two Worlds United has summer programming, 4 to 6 month semesters, and full year academic sessions.


Youth For Understanding USA
Study Abroad
YFU is the intercultural exchange program for you if you’re a U.S. high school student, a recent graduate, or a busy adult who wants to experience another part of the world. Choose from Youth Programs, Young Adult/Gap Year or Adult Study Tours, all of which allow you to immerse yourself in another culture, learn a new language and meet like-minded individuals who all believe in our mission.
Host a Student, Become a Host Family
Hosting a YFU student is for you! Share our American customs, and your family’s unique traditions while discovering a new culture right in your own home. Hosting a YFU exchange student can make the world feel smaller, while making your own world bigger.
Volunteer with YFU
As a YFU volunteer, you not only help change the lives of students, but you can help change the world. For over 60 years, YFU has successfully carried out our mission thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country and many more around the globe.

Contact: 641 S. Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington D.C. 20001, United States; tel. 202-774-5200;,

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