High School Study Abroad and Student Travel Programs
"In addition to traditional high school exchange and program providers, the teen travel and study section includes gap-year opportunities. Whether it’s called a gap year, taking time off, or an interim experience, more U.S. students are considering participating in a structured sequence of activities before college that may include service and cultural exchange. With so many options available for students, researching programs is essential. Issues to consider when comparing options may include: supervision and structure (particularly if a student is younger and/or an inexperienced traveler); program fees and additional costs (e.g., travel and health insurance, if applicable); whether scholarships are available; whether a student prefers being with a group or is interested in a homestay experience; mastery of a foreign language is recommended or required; health and safety issues in a host country; and the program’s track record in these areas. Most programs will provide contact information for past participants who can offer valuable references and recommendations. Some students may be interested in whether they can arrange academic credit for their experience (which generally calls for up-front consultation with a college or university)." —Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson, co-authors of The Gap-Year Advantage.
|"Pueblo Ingles" — Free Summer Camps in Spain
100s of teenage Native English speakers are sponsored each summer to stay in 4-star resorts in Spain, conversing with Spanish school/college children who want to improve their English. Accommodation, food and a range of fun activities are offered in exchange for your conversation. It's a unique, enjoyable and very rewarding
|| Cost: Free / Low-cost
Dates: Summer — June & July
Contact: Diverbo — More than Pueblo Ingles (Anglo volunteer department), Calle Orense 4, 7th floor, 28020 Madrid, Spain.
Tel. (+34) 913 913 400. Fax: (+34) 913 910 112
| 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.
Dates offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us
||SPI College Credit Study Abroad — Homestay Immersion
Study abroad and earn college credit this summer in Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Costa Rica, or Italy! SPI programs truly let you experience the language and culture from an insider's perspective as you live with a local homestay family, travel to amazing sites, take fun classes for college credit, and prepare yourself for college.
Dates: Summer June - July
Costs: $2000-6000 All Inclusive Program Fees!
Contact: SPI Study Abroad, 11149 Research Blvd Suite 100 Austin, TX 78759
Phone: 866-502-7505. Fax: 512-532-0803
|Community Service Learning Programs in Africa, Asia & Latin America
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
It's like Peace Corps for Teens. Programs are offered in 11 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites in different countries while they learn the local language and history, and serve the community through meaningful volunteer efforts. GLA’s goal is to provide life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness in students that will ultimately inspire them to become great leaders and global thinkers who will seek positive change in their own communities.
Programs in 11 destinations: Tanzania, Ghana, Fiji, India, Bali, Thailand, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and The Galapagos.
||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.
||Dates: 14-31 day programs in June, July and August.
Cost: Starting at $3880
Contact: Broadreach, 806 McCulloch Street, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27603
|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.
|| 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
|Adventures Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure.
Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC) offers Gap Semesters and 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, language schools, cultural immersion, backpacking, sailing, SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking, zip-lining, rock climbing, mountaineering, and more! ARCC offers innovative experiences for teenagers and has remained the pioneer of adventure travel and teen summer programs for young people.
||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
|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.
||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 Vision International
Academic and Cultural Exchange for Youth
Travel to the iconic city of Cape Town and experience life in Sunny South Africa as a student for up to a year! Immerse yourself in a warm, diverse and colorful culture with a local South African family, attending a local high school and making life-long friends.
Enjoy life surrounded by beaches, mountains and the countryside; discover the Big Five on an African safari and have a traditional braai (BBQ) with friends.
||Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: 12 Weeks from $4,500
Phone: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about GVI’s Academic
and Cultural Exchange for Youth in South Africa
Summer and Gap Year Teen Travel and Adventure Programs
Adventure Ireland, based in the stunning scenery of the west coast of Ireland, has been providing teenagers with the trip of a lifetime for nearly a decade now. The unique blend of Culture and Adventure has seen hundreds of teens fall in love with Ireland, make lifelong friends, try exciting new sports all in the relaxed safe and friendly atmosphere for which the Irish are so famous.
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 in order to keep fees low.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.afs.org
AIFS Summer Advantage Study Abroad
High School Study Abroad Program
Summer Advantage provides students ages 16-18 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 include: San Jose, Costa Rica; London, England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Granada, Spain.
Contact: AIFS Summer Advantage, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, USA; tel. 800.913.7151; email@example.com; aifssummeradvantage.com.
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.
Contact: Info@AreteAdventures.org, www.AreteAdventures.org
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.aspectfoundation.org
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; email@example.com, www.baef.org.
Semester and year-long High School Study Abroad programs for students arranged in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, the Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Spain. 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; www.ciee.org/high-school-study-abroad/.
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chillexpeditions.com/students
The Experiment in International Living
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; email@example.com, www.experimentinternational.org.
Go Abroad China Ltd. (GAC)
High School Program in China
Go Abroad China offers various programs for high school students within the age group of 13 to 18 years. Our staff comprising of professional and experienced teachers, mentors and coordinators ensure you get the best from the intensive language training with a swift immersion into the Chinese language, culture and society. The staff also ensures all this is done in a safe and friendly environment. You will be living with a Chinese host family along with a family member of your age group in vibrant metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai.
High School Abroad
Life-changing high school abroad programs in 18 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.
High School Trips in Belize: Island Expeditions Co.
Customized trips to Belize where students are immersed in the natural settings of Caribbean Cays and tropical rainforests. Students learn how to sea/river kayak, snorkel/dive, and about the ecological systems and conservation programs within Belize.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.educationaltrips.org
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.summerschoolscotland.com
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.interstudies.org.uk
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.nacelopendoor.org.
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.oxford-royale.co.uk.
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.passageproject.org
Pax offers U.S. high school students, ages 15 to 18, programs and homestays for the school year and summer in France, Germany, Ecuador, Spain, Australia, Brazil, and China. Program fees.
Contact: 242 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Tel. 800-555-6211; firstname.lastname@example.org, pax.org.
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
Food – nutritious, abundant, and lovingly prepared – occupies a central role in Italian cultural identity. Together with fellow food lovers and culinary-trained leaders, discover the art and science of Italian food on this summer trip to Italy for high school students. Sow, harvest, cook, and savor as you explore the myriad ingredients of this vital cultural tradition.
Writing in Ireland
Expand and refine your writing skills with a select group of passionate, like-minded peers. Explore Ireland and study the craft under the guidance of published and acclaimed young writers in an environment that is immersive, vibrant, meaningful, and fun. Write in cafés, monasteries, galleries, and castles perched atop craggy cliffs. Participate in Ireland’s lively storytelling tradition at readings, concerts, plays, city parks, and village taverns.
Community Service Costa Rica
Live and volunteer in a rural Costa Rican village and work side by side with local people on a summer community service program in Costa Rica for high school students. Wake each morning to the sounds of howler monkeys and exotic birds and spend your day helping build a community center or classroom, teaching English, or running a summer camp for local kids.
Community Service India
Volunteer on construction and agricultural projects on this summer community service program in India for high school students. Spend your days laying cement blocks, paving sidewalks, or teaching English to local children while absorbing the rich colors, sounds, and scents of village life from our unique base in a renovated castle.
This project affords you the opportunity to volunteer alongside local people in rural areas of India.
Global Awareness in Action Rwanda
Join this summer program for high school students for an in-depth examination of public health in Rwanda—a small, lush, mountainous East African nation with a horrific recent history, but a remarkably progressive and positive approach to development. Meet with a local youth group to identify key issues of mutual concern, and investigate the questions you raise throughout your trip as you work alongside community members and meet with regional NGO and government leaders.
Global Awareness in Action Cambodia
Travel to Cambodia on this summer program for high school students to learn in-depth about the lives of contemporary Cambodians. Explore Cambodian culture through interviews and meetings with local contacts and organizations. Visit USAID sponsored schools to learn about their education projects. Take in the gorgeous ruins of Angkor Wat and the stunning beaches of Kep. Present your group’s work during a youth forum facilitated by your leaders and local contacts.
Contact: 345 Hickory Ridge Rd., Putney, VT 05346; 802-387-5000; email@example.com, goputney.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sya.org.
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; email@example.com, www.stsfoundation.org.
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.
Contact: PO Box 7058, Bozeman, Montana 59771. Tel. 406-586-3096; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.travelingschool.com.
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.twoworldsunited.com
Youth for Understanding USA
Exchange Organization for High School Students
Youth For Understanding (YFU) offers the learning adventure of a lifetime to high school students. A YFU study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, cultures and communities of a real family in one of over 40 countries around the globe. You can choose from summer, semester, year or gap year programs. Change Your Life, Change Your World! Study Abroad with Youth For Understanding, one of the oldest and most respected student exchange organizations.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yfu-usa.org.