When you have returned home from your high school exchange, you will realise that living in a host family and studying abroad has given you a lot. Your travels will have broadened your views and given you memories for life. Add this to your CV – international experience and language skills are important qualifications for the future.
You will bring all this with you home:
Experience from a new culture. By taking part of everyday life in a foreign country, you'll have a unique insight into a different way of life. You have picked the cherries out of the cake and brought back new expressions, new favorite dishes and, above all, an understanding of other ways of living.
Another perspective on your own culture. By looking at your own culture with different eyes you will learn lots about yourself. What do you like about your own country? What do you not like? Perhaps you will discover how important your home country’s traditions and values are to you.
Personal development. Being curious and challenging yourself enrichens life enormously. It improves many skills demanded by employers, such as the courage to take on new challenges, independence, social skills, an open mind and language skills.
Language skills. Practising a language in a country where it is spoken will give you both perfect pronunciation and intonation, new expressions and gestures. All this will take your language skills to an entirely new level.
An international network of friends. You will get both an extra family and new close friends in another country. Be inspired by them, share your thoughts and ideas with them and stay in touch. An international network is invaluable, both privately and in your future career.
Make sure to follow the instructions from the local authorities, at home and at your destination. STS follows government advisories and remains in touch with all of our partners to stay well informed. We always have our students’ and host families’ best at heart and act accordingly.
Yes, no matter where you go, we have a local representative at your location. It is the local area representative who works to approve our host families, have contact with schools and will be your supporter and advisor during your exchange year.
The easiest way to apply is to visit the page of your favourite destination and click the "Apply now" button. Your application is not binding, and you make your final decision once you have been accepted.