February 6, 2024

Something we coordinators talk about with students all the time is: what are your expectations for your life in your host country? High school exchange students arriving in the United States usually have an idea in their heads about what life is like in a U.S. high school as well as in their U.S. host

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December 10, 2023

The idea of American high school students taking a gap year abroad before attending college has been gaining popularity in recent years. While there are many potential benefits to taking a gap year abroad, there are also potential drawbacks. Let’s explore both sides of the debate.Why Take a Gap Year?Proponents argue that taking a gap

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October 19, 2023

For countless international students, the dream of pursuing high school or higher education in a new country represents both immense opportunities and significant challenges. The excitement of experiencing a new culture is tempered by the nervousness of fitting in and making a home away from home. I know this experience, both the ups and the downs.

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June 30, 2023

American students all know that homework is integral to their school performance. But foreign exchange students may have a very different understanding of and relationship to homework, and it can get them into big trouble here in the U.S. Therefore, host families need to be ready to help their exchange students “get with the program,”

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June 19, 2023

What is the most important thing for students to know as they get ready for their exchange? As the time draws near for exchange students to leave home, my new students are beginning to ask questions about life here in the U.S. They want to know what I can tell them about life in their community.

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April 21, 2023

We frequently hear from parents in other countries seeking to place their son or daughter with a relative or family friend in the U.S. for the student’s high school exchange year. One of the first questions they often ask us is why they have to go through a program if they already have a placement in

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February 15, 2022

I came across this interesting infographic the other day. It’s a few years old (2016), and I do wonder if there might be some differences in statistics after 2+ years of the pandemic, with so many students having spent considerable time in distance learning. But even so, it’s an interesting chart with information parents might

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December 23, 2021

This post is by guest author Samidha Raj of PlanetSpark.It is indeed a small world in modern times. We are all interconnected and interdependent, much more than even just a few years ago. Studying abroad, travel, and other forms of international engagements pose a vital need for learning foreign languages for everyone. It’s never too

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