Are You a Study Abroad Candidate?Get started with thinking about study abroad by asking yourself why you want to go and where you want to go.
Why do you want to study abroad in high school?
Ask yourself a few questions:
- Do you want to learn a new language or perfect your language skills where the language is spoken?
- Do you like adventure-- are you open to trying new things?
- Do other cultures interest you?
- Do you want to start seeing the world now?
If you've answered "yes" to even one question, read on to start your study abroad adventure.
Where do you want to study abroad?
Methods of teaching differ drastically from country to country - France has a reputation for rigorous academics, for example, while Spain is a little more relaxed. Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, attesting to their excellent school systems.
Provided you're getting academic credit for your high school study abroad, you may be more concerned with where you're headed than with actual academics. Don't choose a country to research just because you speak the language -- choose a country about which you want to learn. The language will come.
How to Research Study Abroad in High SchoolChoose a country for your study abroad program
Choose any country on the planet -- you can probably find a way to study abroad in high school there.
- Methods of teaching differ drastically from country to country - France has a reputation for rigorous academics, for example, while Spain is a little more relaxed. Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, attesting to their excellent school systems.
- Your country choices for study abroad aren't limited by the language(s) you speak -- choose a country about which you want to learn, and the language will come.
Visit your high school counseler's office
Your second step in your study abroad research, after choosing your country of study, is to visit your high school's counseling office. Your counselors will gladly make an appointment with you; the office will probably have literature and brochures to get you started, too. Your counselor can also direct you to the school's financial office for scholarship options and help in deciding how to finance your study abroad experience.
- Learn about academic credit for study abroad programs
Work closely with your high school guidance counselor while making your plans; it's up to you to ensure that academic credits you earn while enrolled in a study abroad program will transfer to your own high school. Your counselor willalso help determine whther a study abroad porgramis reputable and acceptable to your school district.
Representatives from reputable study abroad programs, such as those on page two or programs endorsed by your school (and your school may not endorse the programs listed here), will help with academic acceditation by supplying your advisor with your study abroad academic schedule options; you and your advisor need to ascertain whether that schedule includes classes that meet your school's graduation requirements.
If you're determined to study abroad and can't get high school credit for your work, your chosen college will still view your application more highly because of your learning experience.
Go on to the next page to learn about available high school study abroad programs.