Teen Study Abroad®

– Summer & Winter Short Term Programs

Brief Description

  • FLSAS / Teen (Summer & Winter) Study Abroad programs are for individual students  (and friends or siblings travelling together) and focus on foreign language immersion.  While the programs vary, all emphasize language study in small classes.  There are complementary excursions, cultural, leisure and sports activities, but the priority is always on practicing the foreign language.  Although Sports and Excursions are part of the program, these are not sports programs and definitely not travel programs.
  • The emphasis is on making maximum use of students’ limited time in a foreign country to do what cannot be done in a foreign language classroom in the home school, that is practice conversation with native speakers.  Students have to “Live It to Learn It.”
  • All programs are open to good language students and not so good language students. Frequently poor students become good students or, at least, better students when they have a good teacher and a positive “out of classroom” experience. When a student uses a foreign language in activities he or she enjoys, speaking a foreign language becomes fun and enjoyable. It is no longer just a chore (with homework) and it starts to make sense.
  • We prefer to work with homestays.  Residence Halls are also an option.  We prefer homestays as homestays provide maximum opportunity to practice conversation with native speakers in authentic situations.
  • In order for students to properly learn a foreign language they have to hear it and listen to it and use it in natural settings while participating in everyday activities.  They need to “live it to learn it.”®  Developing a vocabulary and using it in everyday conversations (no matter how basic or mundane) from the beginning is essential.
  • There are many many Summer Programs for individual / independent students.  There are fewer “Winter” or “All Year Round” programs for individuals.  Programs for Groups can be arranged all year.   Ask.

Selection of Programs

  • In most cases, FLSAS works with independently operated privately run (by established language schools) programs.  It is important that decision makers be on site, not in another city or country; that it will not be necessary to wait for an answer from another city or another country.
  • FLSAS makes every effort to select only excellent language programs. We want quality programs to be our trademark. If we realize that a program is not meeting our standards, we stop using the program.
  • We also look for programs in month of June, which are not that easy to find.  “Summer” for middle school and high school students in the United States starts in June.  In most other countries, it starts in July.
  • Programs are chosen for:
    • flexibility of starting dates
    • quality of instruction
    • quality of cultural activities and excursions
    • quality of the administrative staff
    • quality of living accommations and the attention paid to matching students with suitable hosts
    • and for the variety of sports and other leisure / social activities.
  • For those who are apprehensive about their children “living with strangers…” please read: xxxxxxxxx.

Additional Information.

Number of Participants per Homestay:
One or Two in the same homestay.  It is possible to arrange for more participants, but it might not be as effective linguistically.  In some cases, there is an additional charge for an individual room.
Length of Stay:
Usually 2 weeks or longer (3 weeks, 4 weeks, etc., up to 14 weeks in some programs).  One week is possible in some programs, but it is not recommended.
Dates / Time of Year:
The Fact Sheets on each program give the dates.
Study Plans:
Some programs offer a selection; others just offer one or two options.
▪ Accommodation:
HomeStays: In middle income, upper middle income and higher.  This depends on the program and the city.  Most important is the attend that is given to the student.  Residence Halls: are available in some programs.

Proficiency Levels:
From Absolute Beginner to Near Native Speaker.  Some programs have specific Starting Dates for Beginners and Absolute Beginners.  A few programs do not accept Beginners.
Sports & Other Special Activities:
Some programs offer Language Plus Programs, but the focus is language study.
Excursions, Cultural Activities, Leisure & Sports Activities:  All programs offer many activities after classes.

▪ Locations:  Link to Locations

▪ Supervision:

All programs are well supervised. All group activities are supervised. Homes are carefully selected. Host
families will supervise students. There is 24-hour security in all Residence Halls. There are curfews. No
smoking, drinking or drugs are permitted. All rules must be respected. Supervision is age appropriate;
older students have some more freedom than younger students.  Parents can request either more supervision or less supervision.

▪ Student Body:

The student body in all programs is international. North Americans (except in “the Americas”) are in
the minority. While usually most of the students are from European countries, there are also students
from Japan and Eastern Europe, to mention just a couple of places.

▪ Credit:

Credit is something the HOME school decides.  It will depend on the home high school, school district or state.  Important Note:  If you earn credit for Spanish 3 (for example) and return to your high school and take Spanish 3 in your high school, the college credit is useless.  Make sure, if you earn credit for Spanish 3, when your return to your high school for the school year, that you take Spanish 4.