History, tradition and monuments. The latest in music, film and fashion. Beautiful villages, white cliffs and sunny beaches. Arguably the best football league in the world and famous cities like London, Oxford and Edinburgh. The United Kingdom really has it all.
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 is 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 the UK, from the charming English countryside to the spectacular Scottish Highlands! 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.
Take full control of your high school exchange with STS High School Select. Maybe you already know what you want from your experience abroad. With the High School Select programme you get a tailor-made high school exchange that perfectly matches your profile and preferences, allowing you to choose the exact location and school you want to attend. How about the beautiful Welsh landscapes? Or a seaside town like Brighton or Bournemouth? Or why not choose a school in the metropolis itself and spend a year in London, one of the world’s finest cities?
We work with carefully selected schools in some of the country’s most spectacular locations, all of which offer high academic standards and superb learning environments. There are different types of schools, each specialising on different subjects and offering diverse activities, clubs and opportunities. Tell us what is most important to you, and we’ll make sure you get the exact experience you’re looking for.
High School Choice
More input, more control! Do you want to have a more active role in the decision-making process? High School Choice gives you more influence when choosing your destination. Do you have a specific location in mind? Are there some special classes you'd like to take? Maybe you play a particular sport and want to go to a school where you can continue improving your skills. Whatever your preferences, simply tell us exactly what you're looking for, and our team of experts will give you three schools to choose from that perfectly suit your interests and qualifications. And don't worry; if you're not happy with those three options, we'll keep looking until we find the perfect match!
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About Great Britain
Being an exchange student in the UK is the perfect mix of excellent education and a whole lot of fun. You will get to know a rich culture and realise that it’s so much more than just the obvious sights in London. And where do you get the best English training, and the coolest accent, if not in the UK? Whether you live in the countryside or in one of the bigger cities, a year in the UK has a lot to offer.
Population: 65 million Parts: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Area: 243 610 km2 Capital: London Government: Parliamentary democracy with the ruling monarch as head of state Language: English Currency: British pounds Country code: +44
Great schooling in the UK
The British educational system is highly regarded and often seen as one of the best in the world. A great choice for your high school exchange! Naturally, it’s perfect if you want to concentrate on improving your English. The secondary school systems are slightly different in England and Scotland. In England, most exchange students enrol in one of the final two years of study, known as Sixth Form, where students prepare for their A-levels. You choose three or four core subjects and concentrate on studying them in-depth. In Scotland, these years are called Senior Phase (S4 and S5). In this system students take a wider variety of courses (usually five or six) for a more balanced but less specialised education.
A year to remember for a lifetime
The yearly school calendar is also different in English and Scottish schools: in Scotland the school year tends to start in mid-August, while in England it usually starts in early September, so be sure to check your school’s start date and when you’ll get time off. Many schools require that the students wear a uniform and you are supposed to address the teachers with Sir, Mr, Mrs or Miss. It may be a bit stricter than you are used to, but it’s good for study morale. There’s also much more than just studying to the school experience. Schools in the UK offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, including sports, music, art, cultural clubs and academic clubs. Your exchange year in the UK is sure to give you great memories for the rest of your life!
The Brits are famously polite and considerate. Your carefully selected and motivated host family will take really good care of you. They will most likely encourage you to take a lot of responsibility and help you grow as a person. By becoming a part of a British family you will get a unique insight into the culture, its traditions and the UK way of life.
Lots of laughs and family fun
Obviously, all families have their own favourite activities and they will be happy to let you join them. You might have a full English breakfast and watch a Premier League match on Saturdays. At some point, you will probably have tea and scones and maybe try some Yorkshire puddings.
In the beginning, you might be a bit puzzled by the carpeting in the bathroom or other details you haven’t seen before. And when the conversation is about the rules of cricket you might not fully understand. But give it some time and you will soon learn the lingo. Also, lots of laughs are guaranteed – the Brits have a great sense of humour!
Who can go: 16–18 years on arrival
Departure month: January/September
Language requirements: Good English skills
Choice of destination: Yes. 4 regions and 7 cities (including London and Oxford). Additional cost
Prep course: STS Welcome Camp included
School years: Scotland: August–June/July, England: September–June/July
School day: Usually 09.00 – 16.00
Subjects: You decide orientation. Some prior knowledge required
Trips in the country: Weekend in London. Additional cost
I almost wish I could stay here forever. England really is my new home! Zara Ohlsson, Brighton
When class is over
What to do besides homework? Don’t worry, you will have plenty of options for your free time. All activities take place outside of school, meaning there are almost endless activities to choose from. The UK is buzzing with fashion, music, culture and sports. Go to museums, take a dance class or go riding, whatever you find interesting!
Music made in the UK
The UK is home for many famous artists, producers and songwriters. If you’re into music, you should definitely let your interest grow and explore new scenes and styles during your exchange year. Get tickets for a concert or join a band with your new friends.
For the sports fan
Soccer is the number one sport in the UK. There are many top teams and the rivalry between cities is something special. Even if you don’t want to play yourself, make sure to watch a game at least once, at home or maybe even live. If you want to go for something typically British, try cricket or rugby!
Follow us around
During your year in the UK, your local contact person will keep you updated with information about travelling with us within the country. The trips that are offered may vary depending on where you live. You might have the option to visit Land’s End in Cornwall, follow us to Scotland or spend a weekend in London. All trips will be an additional cost.
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.
If you’re especially keen on spending your high school exchange in a particular part of the UK, let us know in your application, so we can try to guarantee your placement in the destination you prefer.
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 bag and t-shirt
STS Ambassador Club
These prices are for EU Passport holders, there will be additional fees for non-EU passport holders.
High School Classic
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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.