The High School Year Abroad Program is when a pupil, typically in secondary school, goes to live in a foreign country to study the language and learn the culture of that country.
These programs are intended to improve participants’ language skills and broaden their social horizons, thereby increasing their understanding and acceptance of other cultures.
The duration of the programme is up to one school year.
It is for pupils 14-17 years old
• To promote international cultural values through the course of secondary education. It aims to encourage youngsters to reject stereotypes and discover the reality of a different culture through day-to-day life within it.
• To raise awareness about the importance of understanding different cultures and to stimulate interest in lingual communication and international education.
• To provide young learners with the opportunity to get to know the culture of a foreign country at first hand by learning its language and improve their communication skills through High School Year Abroad courses.
• To offer well organized educational programs at rates that are reasonable for a cross section of youngsters and their families.
Pupils on the High School Year Abroad programs usually reside with a family with children, single parent families, couples without children or even single persons. They undertake to feed and take care of your youngster and familiarize him/her with the language and culture of the country. Custody and supervision of the young learner is in their responsible hands for the duration of the program. This is recommended for under sixteens.
Where available and suitable, young learners can choose to stay on a campus residence on full board basis and where supervision is by the competent staff of the university/college.
Pupils follow a general range of courses such as English language lessons, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Information Technology, as well as electives such as a second language, Photography, Art and Culture studies.
They can attend for 1, 2 or 3 terms, depending on the curriculum of their chosen school. Also, it is important that they confirm, before commencing a program abroad, that the lessons they will be following correspond to the official curriculum of their home country and are officially recognized, so that they will pass on to the next class on their return.
Moreover, should they so desire, pupils may choose to stay and complete their secondary education in the country they have chosen and so familiarise themselves with and integrate into the entry system for that country’s higher education.