High School Study
Abroad and Exchange Programs
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
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 experience.
|| Cost: Free
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
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.
offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our
website for Program Requirements and Cost
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
Contact: SPI Study Abroad, 11149
Research Blvd Suite 100 Austin, TX 78759
Phone: 866-502-7505. Fax: 512-532-0803
Service Learning Programs in Africa, Asia & Latin
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.
(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
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
day programs in June, July and August.
Cost: Starting at $3880
Contact: Broadreach, 806 McCulloch
Street, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27603
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
|| Cost: $5,050
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
Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections.
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.
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
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.
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
| Global Vision
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.
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
AFS Intercultural Programs,
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
Contact: email@example.com; www.afs.org
AIFS Summer Advantage Study
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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
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: email@example.com; www.aspectfoundation.org
British American Educational
Placement in British boarding schools for 13th year of high
Contact: 840 Rock Rimmon Rd., Stamford,
CT 06903; 203-487-8949; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.baef.org.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural
U.S. Department of State
Study Abroad Opportunities for U.S. High School
"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:
Youth Leadership Program, a leadership training
program for American students in several countries
Youth Exchange Program (CBYX), a merit-based scholarship
program for eligible students to attend an academic
year of High School in Germany
Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y),
provides scholarships for summer and academic year
overseas immersion programs that focus on the study
of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian,
Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad, provides
merit-based scholarships for eligible high school
students to develop a perspective of a Muslim culture
Visit: exchanges.state.gov/us/high-school to
see many more.
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
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
Contact: email@example.com, www.chillexpeditions.com/students
The Experiment in International
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; firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 19 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
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
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
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.
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, 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; email@example.com, goputney.com.
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.
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
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
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yfu-usa.org.