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Apr 2, 2008
Overseas Educational Program for High School Students
- Carmela Bignotia Email this article

If you think you have to wait until college before you can get a chance to study overseas, then you are missing a lot. There are lots of opportunities available for high school students who would like to experience how is it to live and study out of the country.

The trend now for high school students is to spend their summer vacation in another country with a host family to keep them company during their short stay abroad. For a week or months, they can broaden their perspective and learn a lot by visiting new places, discovering new things, appreciating a new culture, and living and adjusting with people of different nationality. For high school students, this can be an adventure of a lifetime.

Options Available

Students can choose among various programs that differs both in length of stay and kind of adventure. The programs can be as short as one week or the whole summer vacation. Some aims to improve academics or learn a foreign language while others are summer camps with its various outdoor activities.

There are also travel programs that are filled with sightseeing activities and excursions. The price of each program ranges from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

How to Choose the Best Program

With a wide array of short-term summer programs available, one must take time to choose carefully which program will give you the most benefit. Of course, your goals why you want to spend summer out of the county and your interests are jut some of the factors to consider. Study and do research about the program.

Gather as much information about it as you can and in spite of how short your stay may be. Examine the details and weigh your preferences. Would you be more comfortable staying in a dorm or with a host family? Also ask about the free services of the program and the things you have to pay for.  

There are also the necessities. All summer programs conduct an orientation and meticulously screen students and host families. Inquire about the programsí procedures and the requirements for students (e.g. can speak/understand a foreign language). You can also demand for testimonials from past students who have joined their program. And the program must be listed in Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

Additional Information

The Advisory List of International Educational Travel, published annually by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), is a resource from which prospective exchange students and their parents and school leaders can learn about the scope, background, and operations of programs abroad. The Advisory List describes international youth exchange organizations that comply with CSIET's standards.

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