If you ask an Italian why you should come to Italy the answer will probably be because Italy has the best food, the most beautiful language, the greatest culture and world class soccer teams. Well, it’s hard to disagree. This country sure has a lot to offer!
High School Classic
High School Classic is the traditional high school exchange programme, chosen by most of our students. It is the perfect programme for those who long for a genuine high school experience abroad and who are willing to embrace all the surprises it can bring. Here’s how it works: based on your profile, we find you a suitable host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in Italy, from the dreamy countryside to the historic cultural centres! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you.
High School 2-in-1
Experience two new countries in one year! The new High School 2-in-1 programme gives you the unique opportunity to spend each semester of your high school exchange in a different country. You can learn an extra language, gain insight into yet another culture and make even more international friends.
Order our brochure now and read all about STS High School, our destinations and a very special period abroad that could be the adventure of your life!
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All roads lead to Rome
There are lots of great cities like Milan, Venice, Florence and of course Rome. The countryside is full of beautiful spots and the country has a fantastic climate. You can enjoy beach life at the Mediterranean Sea and winter sports in the mountains.
Live, love, laugh in Italy
You will quickly get new friends in your class in school. Italians are very easy and outgoing and they know how to enjoy life. Kick some ball, sip a cappuccino at a café, talk with new friends, love life! And the fashion and all the boutiques… If you like good shopping Italy is the place for you.
Population: 61 million Capital: Rome Area: 301 000 km2 Language: Italian Currency: Euro Country code: +39
High School the Italian way
High school in Italy includes grades 9 to 13 and is called Scuola Secondaria Superiore. Most exchange students are placed in year 11 or 12, usually in a class with focus on either science or language. Joining an Italian class on these levels is very rewarding. Grab the chance to try high school the Italian way!
A school day in Italy
The Italian school atmosphere is usually rather strict, but there are no school uniforms. Your teachers will expect you to focus on your learning while you’re in class. There are no language requirements to be accepted. However, we do recommend that you have some basic knowledge of the language, in order to follow what the teachers are saying. Everything will be in Italian and before you know it, you will probably be thinking in Italian too. Can you imagine?
In most Italian high schools you attend class from Monday to Saturday, but the school days are relatively short. You often finish around lunch, when you go home to eat with your host family. Meals with the family are important in Italy!
Feel like home a casa
As an exchange student in Italy you will immediately realise that family is very, very important to Italians. Our warm and caring host families are carefully selected and live both on the mainland and on islands like Sicily and Sardinia. They're proud of their culture and eager to show you the Italian way of living from the inside and open their hearts to you.
Conversations and dinners
Italians are often talkative and open. They like to talk about basically everything and anything. This will be beneficial for your language skills and you will quickly improve your Italian. Without even thinking about it, you will pick up new words and expressions at home.
A lot of the conversation takes place around the pasta and pizza filled dinner table – because food is really important too! You’ll soon realise that you haven’t had pasta for real until you’ve tried a home cooked Italian meal.
Who can go: 15–18 years on arrival
Departure month: January/August/December
Language requirements: Good English, some knowledge of Italian recommended
Choice of destination: Yes. Milan, Florence, Rome. Additional cost
Prep course: STS Welcome Camp included
School year: September–June
School day: Usually 08.00 – 13.00, Mon–Sat
Subjects: Some schools offer extra Italian, Literature, Art and English
Trips in the country: Rome and Tuscany. Additional cost
Nothing in the world could beat the time I spent on exchange in Italy! / Rebecca Adams
Life after school
Many of your new friends will probably be into sports of some kind. As you might imagine, soccer is very popular all over the country. Even if you don’t play, watching a Serie A game is a cool experience. Other popular activities are swimming, volleyball or going to the gym. If you live in the north, close to the Alps and the Dolomites, you’ll find that skiing is very popular.
The best shopping
You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy life in Italy. Italians love socialising and they are proud to show you their favorite spots and not least their fashion! Your new friends can take you to the best shopping malls in your area and show you the most unique boutiques.
Some days you just want a nice and calm activity. Join your friends when they visit a café! Italians know their coffee. You can get the perfect espresso, cappuccino or macchiato wherever you go. Just remember, if you order a latte in Italy you will probably be served a glass of milk, since latte is the Italian word for milk.
We’ll show you Italy!
Take a break from school work and take the chance to join some of the trips we arrange during the year. In the Italian autumn (Fall), we usually visit Rome for five days. Some of the famous attractions we will see include the Vatican City with St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. In the Italian Spring, we travel to Tuscany and explore Florence and Siena. Your local contact person will give you more information about dates and prices for these trips. Let us show you Italy!
STS Welcome Camp in Paris
Your exchange begins with our fun Welcome Camp in Paris! The Welcome Camp gives you the best possible start to your exchange, and is packed with sightseeing, seminars, new friends and lots of fun.
Milan, Florence and Rome are three of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating cities, and you can choose to make one of them your home during your high school exchange.
Air fares to host family and back
Accommodation in an approved host family
Full board in a host family
School spot in a public high school
Personal assistance and contact person from home country and host country
STS Welcome Camp
Pre-departure orientation in your home country
Emergency support 24/7
Meetings and material to prepare you and your parents
STS bag and t-shirt
STS Ambassador Club
High School Classic
Don’t forget to check out our Video Scholarship Challenge. Send us a video explaining why you would be a great exchange student and get the chance to receive a scholarship for your high school exchange. Find all information and instructions here
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.