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
||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
|Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Community Service Learning Trips to Africa, Asia, & Latin America
Programs are only for high schools students and focus on volunteering, cultural immersion, and hands-on learning. Program themes include international relations, healthcare, political-economic issues, poverty alleviation, wildlife and environmental protection, and children’s and indigenous rights. Service projects include teaching orphans in a rural school at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, building homes for villagers in the Caribbean, or protecting endangered species in the Galapagos Islands, among others. You’ll also go on exciting excursions. Zip line through pristine Costa Rican cloud forests, explore the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, or go on a safari to see zebras and lions in Africa!
||Dates: summer (June, July, August); spring break
Cost: $1,495 - $4,395
Contact: Global Leadership Adventures, 3636 Camino del Rio North, Suite 120, 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 60+ program offerings include marine biology, scuba, sailing, language immersion, medicine, culture, arts, community service, outdoor skills and leadership adventures. Programs are located in 35+ 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
Summerfuel Study Abroad Programs
Summerfuel offers month-long summer study abroad programs in England (Oxford University), Spain (Barcelona & Spanish Homestays), France (Nice) and Italy (Florence & Venice) for students completing grades 9-12. Combine a taste of college life with exploration of another culture! Students take excellent classes in exciting subjects, from psychology to fashion design, anthropology to Italian cooking. Participants also have wide range of activities to choose from every afternoon and evening, and have opportunities to take guided excursions to all the best sights. Spend this summer with Summerfuel!
Cost: $6,895 - $8,295
Dates: Dates vary by location
Contact: Summerfuel, 375 West Broadway, Suite 200; New York, NY 10012.
Tel: 212-796-8340. Fax: 212-334-4934.
Summerfuel Language Immersion Programs
ASA Summerfuel offers month-long language and cultural and language immersion programs in Spain, France and
Italy for students completing grades 9-12. Students participate in daily language classes taught by native speakers,
as well as cultural elective courses and workshops in everything from Flamenco guitar to French cooking. On weekends,
students travel to nearby towns and local destinations to fully experience their host country. Spend this summer
immersed in another culture with Summerfuel!
Cost: $6,895 - $8,295
Dates: Dates vary by location.
Contact: Summerfuel, 375 West Broadway, Suite 200; New York, NY 10012.
Tel: 212-796-8340. Fax: 212-334-4934.
|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: Summer Programs and Gap Semesters
Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC) offers Gap Year Semesters and domestic and international adventure trips in 20 countries and 5 western states throughout North America, the South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. With 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, ice climbing, 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: $1,000 - $1,600 per week
Contact: Adventures Cross-Country, 242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel.: To get more information or request a catalogue call our headquarters at 1-800-767-2722
|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
|Vermont International Academy
Vermont International Academy is a United States High School, approved by the State of Vermont Board of Education to offer a US high school diploma in cooperation with Datong High School in Shanghai, China. Drawing from Western, Eastern, and Vermont values, Vermont International Academy offers a world-class American college preparatory education with state of the art facilities and US licensed teachers. US students who enroll in VIA will experience aspects of Chinese education and the city of Shanghai, while having the support of Vermont licensed educators in a familiar US educational curriculum.
||Dates: Fall Semester: 9/3/2012 - 1/24/2013 Spring Semester: 2/19/2013 - 6/30/2013
Cost: Full scholarships available for the 2012 academic year!
Contact: Vermont International Academy, 60 Main Street, Suite 100, Burlington, VT 05401
Tel: (802) 859-3660
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
High School Study Abroad Programs
3-4 week summer study and adventure programs in Nanjing, China for high school students. Scholarships available.
Contact: email@example.com; www.summeradvantage.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.
Center for Cultural Interchange
High School Study Abroad with Greenheart Travel
Life-changing high school abroad programs in 16 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. CCI 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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cci-exchange.com
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.
Contact: 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101; 1.800.40.STUDY; email@example.com; www.ciee.org/hsabroad.
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; 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 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: email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.summerschoolscotland.com
InterStudies: 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: email@example.com, 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: 380 Jackson Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101. Tel. 800-622-3553; firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: The Punt House, St. Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, 0044 01865244277; UK OX1 3UJ; email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 or 914-690-1340; email@example.com, www.pax.org.
Putney Student Travel
Putney has been a family-operated business for more than 50 years. It provides opportunities for small groups of students to share educational summer experiences. There are five categories of programs: Cultural Exploration, Language Learning, Community Service, Global Awareness in Action, and Excel programs in Oxford/Tuscany, Paris/Provence, and Madrid/Barcelona.
Contact: 345 Hickory Ridge Rd., Putney, VT 05346; 802-387-5000; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goputney.com.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Each year, local Rotary districts and clubs worldwide arrange thousands of international Youth Exchanges for 15 to 19 years-olds. There are two principal types of exchanges: long-term exchanges, which usually last for an academic year and include a homestay, and short-term exchanges, which vary from a few weeks to three months. Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the least expensive international exchange programs open to high school-aged students, because volunteers in Rotary clubs and districts administer the program and there are no agency or exchange placement fees. The major expense is airfare and health and accident insurance. Some Rotary clubs have established scholarships; check with your local Rotary club to see if they offer such assistance.
Contact: One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. Tel. 847-866-3000; www.rotary.org.
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; email@example.com, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org, 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; email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: 6400 Goldsboro Rd. Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20817; 800.TEENAGE; Tel. 240-235-2100; email@example.com, www.yfu-usa.org.