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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.

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GVI Study Abroad Programs for High School Students
GVI Study Abroad Programs for High School Students allow you to continue learning as you travel abroad. Our programs are the perfect blend of volunteering, cultural and language immersion, skills training and adventure activities during a summer abroad. Our programs help young adults gain a better understanding of the world and are also seen by universities and employers as something that sets the individual apart from other applicants. All our Study Abroad Programs for High School students are led by qualified group facilitators and allow students to gain an increased cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
High School Study Abroad Programs Dates: Our programs are offered year round and availability depends on each hub and the size of each group.
Contact: In the U.S.A - 1 888 653 6028
Twitter: @GVIWorld

Spanish Immersion Programs for Teens in Costa Rica & Peru
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Take your Spanish to the next level while experiencing Costa Rica's breathtaking biodiversity or the cultural tapestry of Peru. GLA integrates Spanish language learning into many aspects of the program, providing students opportunities to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. Imagine practicing your Spanish at a bustling local market, or with a respected community leader. Spanish language students of any skill level are welcome. Click on our link to learn more!
Teen summer language immersion in Costa Rica and Peru Dates: summer (June, July, August); spring break.
Cost: $1,899 to $6,299
Contact: Global Leadership Adventures, 10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A, San Diego, CA  92108
Tel: +1 858-771-0645

Animal and Wildlife Conservation Programs
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Volunteer your time and energy abroad this summer to help elephants, giant tortoises, or rescue animals in their native habitats. In Thailand, you'll volunteer with local partners who care for elephants daily. In the Galapagos, you'll work to remove invasive species that are threatening the survival of its famous tortoises. In Costa Rica, you'll care for neglected animals at a rescue shelter. No matter which location you choose, you'll be making an impact on the lives of animals that don't have a voice of their own, all while being immersed in a brand new culture. Click on our link to learn more!
High School Volunteer Abroad Animals Dates: Summer (June, July, August); spring break.
Cost: $1,899 to $6,299
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

ARCC Programs: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure.
ARCC Programs 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: ARCC Programs, 242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel.: To get more information or request a catalog call our headquarters at 415-332-5075

Immerse Yourself in Foreign Cultures and Volunteer with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is all about mutual learning! Immerse yourself in foreign cultures in the developing world while sharing your own. Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity for you to get some real life experience and gain new practical skills as you work in one of our projects in Medicine & Healthcare, Law & Human Rights, Business, International Development, Journalism, and more. Share your knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm where help is most needed while boosting up your resume!
Education and volunteer study abroad Dates: Programs available all year! Choose your own start date and duration!
Cost: Varies depending on project, destination, and duration.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: Toll-free U.S.A. 1 888 839 3535.

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 Location: Worldwide
1- 4 week programs between from June – August
Cost: $1,995-$6,995
Contact: Global Works, 1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027
Tel: 303-545-2202

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

ISSOS International Summer Schools
The exclusive ISSOS summer school program offers high school students (aged 13-18) the opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in one of three amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. Our three-week program welcomes students from over 60 nationalities, and limits the number of students from one nationality to 10% in order to guarantee a truly international experience. Students choose one academic class and one elective program that they follow for their three-week residential stay.
Summer Teen Internatonal School Dates: St Andrews (session one: July 2nd – July 23rd & Session two: July 26th – August 16th, 2017)
Cambridge (July 12th – August 2nd, 2017)
Yale (July 16th – August 6th, 2017)
Contact: ISSOS International Summer Schools, Emma Horner – Admissions and Communications Director
Tel: 0044 3300 777 247

Academic Programs International
Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Experience immersion in Buenos Aires with the Spanish Language and Community Service program from API High School! Participants can opt for a duration of two weeks or a month long program, partaking of an opportunity to live with host families and practice Spanish inside and outside the classroom. Classes are held in the mornings, while the afternoons are filled with cultural activities and visits to local attractions. Excursions on the weekends to Iguazu Falls and a nearby estancia.
An Exploration of British Literature
Join API High School as we travel through a land of true literary giants: the United Kingdom! After a full tour of London, we will venture through England and Scotland. We'll visit writers' homes and see the very spots where inspiration struck, from medieval castles, to pastoral countryside, to busy cafes.
API — Parsons Paris Art & Design Pre-College Summer Program
High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates. Many enroll to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.
French Language Immersion Program in Paris
The API High School French Language Immersion Program gives students the chance to study intensive French language at the Institut Catholique de Paris, located in the 6th arrondissement (or neighborhood) of Paris.
Art & Culture in Italy
To study and live in Florence is to walk the streets of Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto and many other contributors to the arts and humanities. Students will have plenty of real-world opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom as they visit local markets, learn from local artisans, see masterpieces firsthand in museums, and participate in local pastimes. Students will also get to experience other regions of the country on excursions to majestic Rome, idyllic Tuscania, and magical Venice.
Spanish Language and Culture in Spain
API High School offers the chance to study Spanish language and culture in an immersion setting the the university town of Salamanca, Spain. Programs are available with and without college credit. Classes for the non-credit option (ages 14-15) are held during the mornings at a centrally-located language and culture institute in Salamanca; classes for the college credit option (ages 16-18) are held at the University of Salamanca. Cultural activities and excursions take place outside of class.
Costa Rica Community Service Trip
The API high school community service trip in Costa Rica is a two week program intended to introduce students to the local communities and the diverse natural environment of Costa Rica. Participants will travel to Sarapiqui, Arenal Volcano area, and Manuel Antonio performing service work with local farmers, environmental groups, and schools.
Conservation and Service in Ecuador
API High School students in Ecuador will get to see many different facets of this beautiful country: from the quaint colonialism of the capital city, to indigenous marketplaces, to amazing environmental sites such as snow-capped volcanoes, dense jungles, and even a cloud forest. Students will fulfill 20 service hours through once-in-a-lifetime experiences, helping to improve the living conditions of the local communities and volunteering at a tropical farming project.
Community Service in Thailand and Cambodia
Students will begin their journey in Thailand and will spend one night in Bangkok, the country’s bustling capital, where they will visit the opulent Royal Palace. The group will continue north to Sing Buri, a quiet river town and home to the country’s largest Buddha. There they will spend a week fulfilling service hours at a local orphanage while also participating in cultural activities ranging from a Thai cooking class to an elephant ride in the ancient town of Ayutthaya. The group will work together on a variety of possible projects that may include playing with the children, or painting, cleaning, and performing light construction to improve their living conditions.

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.


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.

Center for Study Abroad (CSA)
Low Cost Study for Teens to Adults
Low cost study programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. High quality, fully accredited. Open to all students and adults. Various country locations. See CSA website for details, and to register.

Contact: Center for Study Abroad, 325 Washington Ave., Apt. #93, Kent, WA 98032; (206) 583-8191;;

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 and unique high school abroad programs in 18 countries around the world. Greenheart is a non profit with over 30 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 3-month programs in selected countries.

Contact: or send for more information via

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;,

The Traveling School
Southern Africa Semester
The study abroad program accepts teenage girls between the ages of 15-18, and provides an opportunity to explore the world and learn about themselves through academic, physical, and cultural challenges. Students earn full credit, immerse in new cultures, develop outdoor skills, and build confidence during this transformational semester. The fall semester includes travel to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.
South America Semester
The study abroad program accepts teenage girls between the ages of 15-18, and provides an opportunity to explore the world and learn about themselves through academic, physical, and cultural challenges. Students earn full credit, immerse in new cultures, develop outdoor skills, and build confidence during this transformational semester. The spring semester includes travel to South America, including Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia & the Galapagos.


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;,

High school volunteering with GLA
High School International Educational Service Learning Programs with GVI
Broadreach teen adventure
Teen Programs Abroad with ARCC Programs
Globalworks Teen Travel and Learning
South Australian Government Schools
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