Studying abroad is not only a cultural, but educational experience for high school or college students. There are two types of International Foreign Student Exchange Programs students can choose from. The first is set up with a school overseas and a school in the United States. The same number of students are exchanged from each school to stay with families for a semester or year. These students report back to their school and share their experience of studying in a foreign country. The second type of program is when a student chooses a country that he would like to visit and attends school for a semester or year at a college or high school overseas. The student may choose to stay with a family, but can also stay in an apartment or student housing. No students are exchanged, but a similar experience is shared.
When considering participating in an International Foreign Student Exchange Programs it is most important to consider the benefits. Students are exposed to a different culture where they can compare and contrast the differences to American life. For example, if they study in London they learn that daily life is different. They don’t dry clothes, but instead let them air dry and iron them every morning, they conserve water showering every other day or once a week. The food is different and has less flavor, but Indian food is most dominant in fast food. Not only will they learn minor details, but they will be exposed to artifacts, art and other experiences that they won’t find in the United States. At a young age they will even learn how to be independent from their families.
After considering the benefits, discuss the best program for the student. Weigh out factors such as the classes offered, the length of the program, location and if they must live on their own or not. There are also aspects to consider such as language barriers. It may even be smart to recommend language tutors before they set sail. Then talk with counselors at school to find the best program for the student so they make the most of their time abroad.