High School Exchange Programs
If you’re thinking about doing an exchange in high school, there are many different programs you can choose from. There are literally hundreds of different organizations that offer everything from semesters at sea to semesters abroad.
Although most of these programs are expensive, it’s not impossible to get partial or full scholarships for them. Below you’ll find just a few of the countless programs available to you as a high school student.
1) AFS Intercultural Programs – High School Exchange
AFS is one of the most reputable and oldest non-profit organizations. They’ve been organizing high school exchanges around the world since 1915. They offer both semester and full academic year programs to over 40 countries. They enroll you into your new school, set you up with a host family and provide support through out the whole process.
Unfortunately, many of these exchanges are expensive with a year long program in Japan costing 15,000$ and a semester in Costa Rica for 11,400$. Fortunately there are scholarship opportunities for a select number of programs. Check out the scholarship section. For more info about AFS, click here afsusa.org
2) Ocean Classroom – Semester At Sea
For those of you interested in becoming sailors, this is your program. As long as you’re not a freshman, you can apply for the semester at sea. Marine History, Navigation, and Maritime Science are just a few of the courses you can attend during your semester at sea. For more info, check out Ocean Classroom.
3) Quest International
Quest International is high school study abroad organization that is very similar to AFS. However, unlike AFS, they offer high school exchanges for 3, 5, and 9 months. Not only that but many of their prices are significantly cheaper, with a year long exchange to Brazil for just 5,300$. For more info, check out Quest International.