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
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
|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!
(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!
(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
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
|ARCC Programs: Meaningful Service. Real Connections.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Dates: 1- 4 week programs between from June – August
Contact: Global Works,
1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027
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
|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.
||Dates: St Andrews: 3 July – 24 July 2016; St Andrews Session Two: 27 July – 17 August 2016; Cambridge: 13 July – 3 August 2016; Yale: 17 July – 7 August 2016
Contact: ISSOS International Summer Schools, Emma Horner – Admissions and Communications Director
Tel: 0044 3300 777 247
Abbey Road Programs
Language Immersion and Pre-College Programs for High School Students
A variety of programs, sometimes with homestays, are offered across important cities in Europe, with language immersion, cultural studies, history, and other pre-college courses.
Contact: 8266 Fountain Avenue, Suite B, West Hollywood, CA 90046; tel. 888-462-2239; firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Abbey Road website for all details on each program.
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,
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 Programs for High Schools
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
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
Placement in British boarding schools for 13th year of high
Contact: 840 Rock Rimmon Rd., Stamford,
CT 06903; 203-487-8949; email@example.com, www.baef.org.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural
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:
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 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; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chillexpeditions.com/students
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; email@example.com, www.experimentinternational.org
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: greenhearttravel.org/programs/teen/high-school-abroad or send for more information via greenhearttravel.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
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.summerschoolscotland.com
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
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
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: 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, 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.
Contact: email@example.com, 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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org, 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; email@example.com, www.sya.org
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.
Contact: 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
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yfu-usa.org