Q: Who will my host family be?
A: Host families reflect the culture and language of the country you decide to study in. In order to have a true cultural experience you will be treated as a member, not a visitor, of their family. Families are native speakers of the language, may or may not have children in the home.
All host families are carefully screened by our partner organizations abroad. Their responsibilities include attending an orientation detailing their duties, providing room/board, and a loving family experience.
Q: Will my school credits earned in a foreign country transfer back to my American high school?
A: Transferring school credits depends on your high school requirements. The best advice is to talk to your school counselor about what classes you need to take in order to graduate in the US on time. This may include requirements on the type of course work, labs, physical education, and foreign language.
Additionally, you will need to find out what documentation your high school asks for in order to prove.
Many high schools abroad are structured differently than those in the US. Credit transfer often times will depend on the type of high school and/or subject area track a student is placed in.
It is the student’s responsibility to discover what your high school requires and how to transfer those credits.
Q: What do I need to bring with me?
A: We ask that students only bring one large bag with them.
Q: What is included in the cost?
A: Room and board in the host family, supervision by a local coordinator, assistance attaining passport and/or visa (if required.)
Q: What is not included?
A: Airfare to and from the country, health insurance, meals outside of the home, spending money for entertainment, clothes, gifts, calling cards, etc.