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High School Study Abroad Programs

According to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA), high schools students who have studied abroad are better able to work with people from other countries, understand the complexity of global issues, and develop a greater capability of intercultural learning.

"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.

Featured Articles on High School Study Abroad and Exchange Programs
High School and Teen Study Abroad Guide Why 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 to study abroad Teen Study in Thimphu, Bhutan: A DIY High School Semester by Owen Ringrose
Two adventurous teens decide to seize a chance to attend a private high school in a spectacular land. The rich educational and cultural immersion, the incredible natural beauty, and the warmth and wisdom of their Bhutanese classmates and teachers are memorable and life-changing.
Studying Arabic in Egypt in high school with AFS, sitting between two other young male students, with the Pyramids of Giza in the background. Full 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.

WhereThereBeDragons 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.

Summer Teen Internatonal School ISSOS International Summer Schools
Summer School Programs for High School Students
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

Broadreach academic treks 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.

Teen Programs ARCC 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.

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
Gap Year Programs
Offering language to high school study to community service to internship gap year programs in locations around the world.

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.

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 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:

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. 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.

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 Learning, travel, peace studies, ecology, the arts, or outdoor adventure. Homestays, experiential learning, and language immersion are part of the programs.

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.

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.
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.

South 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.

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.

Youth For Understanding: Intercultural Exchange Programs
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.

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