How can I become an exchange student?
Im from Canada looking to go to anywhere in Europe
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
If you are considering becoming an exchange student here are a few things you should consider and should know.
First, are you mature enough to leave your family for an extended period? This is the main thing. If you all ready know you will get home sick or feel that your nerves can not take that type of transition there is no use applying for this program in the first place.
Secondly, will your family be able to let you leave for that amount of time? Some families don't want to see their children leave the nest, even for a short period of time.
Thirdly, remember you will be living in another country far away from your friends and family. If something happens while you are away, it will take time for you to get back home.
If you think you can manage those three considerations, here are some things you must do to become an exchange student.
1. You must be able to speak the language of the country which you will be visiting.
2. You must have above average grades
3. You must be between the ages of 15 and 18 1/2 years of age.
4. You must have an open attitude.
5. It also doesn't hurt for you to be outgoing and friendly.
6. You will have to pass a written interview as well as in person interview.
7. You definitely must be mature. You will have to be mature enough to handle yourself in a responsible manner when you reach your host family. This means you have to be able to do your homework, without being told.
8. You have to be able to try to fit in with your host family. You will have to adjust to their family rules, their eating habits and their lives. You should also be willing to show them love and respect in return. Your stay with them is not to be viewed as a vacation in a motel.
9. Remember you may loose a year's worth of credits from your home school while you abroad. This should be discussed with your schools administrator's before you leave.
If all of this sounds too much and you still want to travel abroad, maybe you would be more suited at becoming a cultural student. A cultural student stays in a foreign country from 1 to 8 weeks, sometimes with a group of other students or you may choose to have a private escort that will show you the country and their customs. This option is more expensive. But students are not always expected to know the language when they are a cultural student.
Become an exchange student
- ErineLv 48 years ago
I'm glad you are interested in studying abroad! Where do you want to go and for how long?
Becoming a foreign exchange student can take some time, especially when it comes to finding the right program that fits your needs and interests. I am a program advisor for AYUSA Study Abroad, and we provide a lot different academic and summer programs for our high school students at a competitive price. Below are some of our requirements to becoming a foreign exchange student (other companies have similar requirements):
1) be a high school student
2) 15-18 yeas old (14 and 19 year olds are considered on a case-by-case basis)
3) 2.5 GPA (exceptions considered on a case-by-cae basis)
4) Language proficiency for some programs
5) Sound and stable mental and physical health
6) Responsible, mature, adaptable, resilient, and excited about cutural exchange!
7) Have parent and school support
No, you do not need to be enrolled in a public school in order to become an exchange student. Outside companies like AYUSA work with students with any high school background (including home schooled students!).
As you think about studying abroad, make sure you talk to your parents and high school counselor about your plans!