High school prepares you for life
High school student exchange for students aged 12-19
Whether USA, Australia, Canada or Ireland - our goal is to provide you with the best experience ever! With us you will not end up in "nowhere", but where it is simply awesome! All of our schools in the student exchange were rated "very good" by other exchange students.
What is a student exchange?
The student exchange was launched around 30 years ago. German students not only exchanged schools with students from abroad, but also families for a few weeks.
Then came the problem: more German students wanted to go abroad and fewer wanted to go to Germany. Therefore, German students rarely “swap” and simply attend a foreign school for several months or a whole year. However, the name "student exchange" was retained. Often one also hears the English terms such as "High School Program" or the like.
For our purposes here, by student exchange we mean the (one-sided) trip by German students to the USA, Canada, New Zealand, England or Ireland for several months, a year or even several years.
Should I really go abroad alone? What if I don't understand? Will i make new friends? Oh God!
First of all, you are not alone. 80% of all students who come to us every year have never left alone. And you are not alone. We're here for you! You will be well prepared in Germany. We will pick you up at the destination airport and a supervisor will be at your side throughout your stay.
When you register, we will check your English. If your knowledge is insufficient, we will give you tips on how to improve it. Then there is the ESL English seminar before departure, so that you can get along just fine in the first few days. Alternatively, we can organize a stay in a language school for you. Or you can visit a school that offers ESL courses.
If 3 to 12 months of student exchange just seem too long for you, take part in our summer school. There are English lessons and vacation time in a school abroad for 2-4 weeks.
What is ESL?
These are special English courses. ESL is very different from English lessons in German schools. It is taught by a trained native speaker. With very special learning methods you will learn to speak and understand the language fairly quickly.
Why student exchange?
Nothing prepares you better for life than to really live in another country and not just get to know it as a tourist. You don't just go to school, you live with a host family and get to know typical life and the differences as an “insider”!
You will of course also learn another language. You may not believe it now, but after a few months you will be fluent in English (or French). This in turn has advantages if you return to your own school in Germany or want to study. Europe and the whole world are becoming more and more international. Whether at work or while traveling. Especially English, but also French and other languages are required everywhere. A global mindset and understanding is required in professional life. To do this, you have to have lived abroad before. If you can gain this experience as an exchange student at an early stage, you will have much better career opportunities.
How long does such a student exchange last?
Foreign students are only accepted from a "term" (approx. 3-4 months) or from one semester (approx. 5 months). Most private schools only accept foreign students from one school year (approx. 10 months). It differs from country to country.
You can find more about this in our price list.
It is different at the summer school. Here you can already take part in the holidays from 2 weeks.
Who can take part?
As a rule, German schools allow a leave of absence for student exchange between 15-18 years. But lately there have been more and more younger exchange students. You can clarify this with your school management. You can take part in a student exchange within the EU from the age of 12 and in Canada from the age of 13.
· You need a grade point average of 3.3 or better.
· No 3? No panic!
· There is also the "summer school". Here you will learn English intensively, and there are leisure activities in the afternoons.
· You can of course also attend the summer school if you have a grade point average of 3.3 or better.
Can I choose a school and how do I know which one to choose and where I am going?
First of all, you should decide on a country. You can find some summaries of this on our website or you can look at travel guides or illustrated books or simply give us a call.
Of course, you should also discuss the financial decision with your parents. For this we have an overview of the price list (click here).
In most countries you can (but don't have to) choose the schools or locations. In the last instance, the local school decides, and this also applies to private schools (to which, by the way, all German exchange organizations are bound). We have made the experience that if you apply early, all your wishes will be fulfilled.
Even if you don't know what to choose, our partner organizations have selected the best schools and locations in advance with the help of exchange students (over the past 20 years).
We only send students to very specific schools and locations, namely only where the best experiences have been made so far. That, in turn, sets World Wide Qualifications apart from many other organizations and one should definitely not ignore this when choosing a German organization. Because - the best brochures say nothing about the quality of the destination!
There are many exchange organizations in Germany, but World Wide Qualifications has convincing advantages.
Individual advice and support - we are always there for you everywhere ... more = about us
The school system - an overview
English-speaking countries historically have their influence from England. The British placed particular emphasis on good education and were the first to introduce their school system in their colonies. Every country today of course has differences in teaching methods, subjects, and other situations, but the British framework remains:
There are public high schools, private schools, and parochial schools. High schools are all all-day schools. Classes take place from around 8:00 a.m. to around 3:30 p.m.
Sports and leisure: In Germany, sports and leisure activities are organized through clubs. Sports, art (music and theater) mainly take place in the high schools.
Public high school - Are state schools. We only arrange selected public schools that have excellent facilities, teaching methods and leisure activities. They are the cheapest option, you live with host families, and the intensity of the lessons is comparable to that in Germany.
Private school - Private schools funded by school fees and donations. These are in turn divided into private day schools - where exchange students live with host families, and boarding schools, boarding schools and students live on campus.
Private schools are extremely well equipped, have a wider range of subjects and leisure activities. Schoolchildren receive more intensive support from smaller school classes and are optimally prepared for university.
Parochial School - its sponsor is the church. Parochial schools have one big advantage: They often have the facilities, philosophy and advantages of a private school, but they are much cheaper. With a few exceptions, parochial schools are happy to accept students from other denominations. However, attendance at church services and religious instruction are expected.
Will my student exchange be recognized?
Unfortunately there is no uniform regulation here. Some schools recognize a school year when certain subjects are taken. It is always advisable to talk to the school management. If you only stay abroad for six months or less, you can usually automatically return to the old class.
If your school does not recognize the exchange, you will "formally" lose a year, but the gain from the stay abroad will outweigh the above in any case!
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