High School Study
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
Articles on High School Study Abroad and Exchange Programs
a High School Student Should
Go Abroad by Jessica Voigts
A guide for teens and parents to the many high school programs abroad, an investment that will return many times over.
Scholarships for Teen and High School Study Abroad by Connie Ip
Enriching experiences attending three high school study abroad programs and information about how to go about obtaining scholarships.
Where There Be Dragons Summer & Semester (Gap Year and College Study Abroad) Programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Mapmakers once drew Dragons to represent lands unknown. Those who ventured beyond the map's edge were said to go, "Where There Be Dragons." At Dragons, we learn by doing. We travel like locals, live with families, apprentice with artists, and learn from scholars, sages, and community leaders. We access phenomenal beauty, engage deeply with local communities, and ignite our own curiosity. THE LEADER IN CROSS-CULTURAL + EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION SINCE 1993. Visit our website to learn more.
Contact: Where There Be Dragons, 3200 Carbon Place, Suite 102, Boulder, CO 80301 – USA
Tel.: Toll Free: 1-800-982-9203. International: 001-303-413-0822.
Broadreach Summer Adventures
Discover Your World of Opportunity
For more than 25 years, Broadreach has worked with middle, high school and college students to help them discover their passions and spark new curiosities on summer adventure programs. Students explore the world and their own abilities with the appropriate level of challenge and support in small-group settings, learning from both professional instructors and fellow students. Broadreach students have earned thousands of hands-on scuba diving and sailing certifications, as well as college credits in subjects ranging from marine biology and medicine to Spanish and photography.
Contact: Broadreach, 901 N. West St. Raleigh, N.C. 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.
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
ISSOS International Summer Schools
The exclusive ISSOS summer school program offers high school students (aged 13-18) the opportunity to combine learning and action-packed adventure in one of three amazing and historic university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. Our three-week program welcomes students from over 80 nationalities, and limits the number of students from any nationality to 10% in order to guarantee a truly international experience. Students choose one academic class and one elective class that they follow for their three-week residential stay, and native and non-native English speakers are mixed at all times.
ISSOS also offers online programmes specifically designed to equip students with skills that will be essential as they prepare for university study
Contact: ISSOS International Summer Schools –
Tel: 0044 3300 777 247
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!
Contact: Projects Abroad Inc. 600 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego, CA, 92101.
Tel: (+1) 212 244 7234.
Works | Travel with Purpose
Authentic Service Travel for High School Students and Groups
Celebrating over 29 years of community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and groups! Choose from Community Service, Language Immersion, and Global Action, Homestay and Adventure travel opportunities. Programs are offered around the world for students looking for an enriching and life changing experience. Travel with Purpose!
Contact: Global Works,
1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027
Homestay Chinese Immersion in China with Go Abroad China
Founded in 2003, Go Abroad China has accepted over 4,000 students worldwide into Learn Chinese in China program at China’s vibrant cities - Beijing and Shanghai.
All language courses are based in total immersion and highly tailored for all-level learners who wish to study in China for weeks, months or a whole year, featuring one-on-one private tutoring, intensive small-group class, HSK preparation, gap-year study and high school language program as well as university language program by partnering with China’s top universities. All learners are to be immersive in all aspects of China’s life to master Chinese with fun.
Contact: Go Abroad China.
Abbey Road High School Summer Educational Travel and Pre-College Programs
Summer educational programs to high school and pre-college students in Florence, Italy; Nice and St-Laurent-du-Var, France; Barcelona and Cadiz, Spain; Quebec, Canada; and Boston, Massachusetts.
Academic Programs International
Offering language to high school study to community service to
internship gap year programs in locations around the world.
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
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.
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 Programs, is 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
CIEE: Study Abroad After High School
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nacel Educational Travel: High School Programs Worldwide
High school exchange programs abroad during a term, semester, or academic year. Exchange students live with a host families, student residences, or boarding schools. Teens go to a public or private high school, allowing for the opportunity to learn about another culture and improve language skills.
Programs for high school age students in English in countries including Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Programs at many schools in national languages in regions of Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain.
Putney Student Travel
Educational Travel to Community Service
For over 65 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.
Australian Government Schools
Study abroad with us and experience beautiful South Australia. You can choose to study in the capital city of Adelaide or in one of South Australia's regional schools.
There are many schools to choose from with a wide choice of subjects. You can try a new subject such as robotics, hospitality, photography or ballet. Or perhaps a new sport such as surfing, golf, cricket or cycling.
Schools also offer a variety of co-curricular activities including music bands, drama productions and adventure activities. We take care of every aspect of your study program including your homestay accommodation.
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.
Youth For Understanding: Intercultural Exchange Programs
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.