Teen Study Abroad®
– Academic Year / Semester / Tri-mester / Gap Year
- FLSAS / Teen Programs during the Academic Year are for individual students (ages 12 to 19) who want the ultimate total foreign language immersion experience. While the programs vary by country, all involve attending a secondary school in a foreign country. Schools can be public or private. It is definitely “Live It to Learn It.®” They are NOT bi-lingual schools*. (see comment below on Bi-Lingual/”American” Schools.
- Students stay in very very carefully selected homestays. Residence Halls are available
- These are excellent options for all students, including those looking for a Gap Year Program.
- Seniors in their last semester, who have finished all requirements, might want to consider these programs as well.
Explanation of periods of study.
- Schools in the U.S. usually have two Semesters in the Academic Year or three TriMesters. The exact dates vary by regions and school districts.
- Academic Calendars in other countries do not coincide with dates in the U.S.
- Schools abroad will do everything possible to work with the Academic Calendar of each student. You can leave early, if it arranged in advance.
- Semesters and TriMesters vary by country.
▪ Number of Participants per Homestay:
One or Two in the same homestay. It will depend on the program. Friends can come together. If there are two students who do not know one another, they will not have the same native language.
▪ Length of Stay:
Will depend on program selected.
▪ Dates / Time of Year:
The Fact Sheets on each program give the dates.
▪ Course Selection:
There are not that many options. If you need a specific course, it sometimes can be arranged. Students will follow the course of study / curriculum that is standard for the specific country.
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:
In most cases, students must have a background in the language of the country. Some programs allow Beginners. There are a couple of countries that will allow Beginners but they most take an intensive language program before entering the high school…. or have special programs for Beginners. In other words, ask.
▪ Excursions, Cultural Activities, Leisure & Sports Activities:
Students become involved in the activities, clubs available in the school they are attending.
There are changes each year. Usually students are given a choice of region. It will depend on the program. There are sometimes additional fees if you want a specific region. Link to Locations
All programs are well supervised. All group activities are supervised. Homes are carefully selected. Host families will supervise students. 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, in some programs, request either more supervision or less supervision.
There is a network of people to contact once the student is there if there are problems. There are people available 24/7 to contact in case of emergency. These people speak English. There are Regional Organizers and Local Organizers and in each school a student attends there is a person who is in charge of helping the student integrate into school life and help if a student has academic problems.
▪ Student Body:
You will go to a school with native speakers. There will probably be a few other foreign students, but the idea is for students to have maximum contact with native speakers, not with other foreign students.
▪ Host Families:
Host families are very carefully selected and the students’ homestay is closely monitored. Host families are given Rules & Regulations that they must follow. If a student is not happy in a homestay, they may change homes. Every country and program has a different way of compensating host families. Some are volunteers; others are compensated in a variety of ways.
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.