At STS High School, we have been working with cultural exchange and offering students the chance to study a year of high school abroad for many years. We know this is a huge step for you as a parent and for your child. With our knowledge and dedication, we will help you from the first steps of the application, all the way through the entire year abroad. Your child is in good hands.
Living abroad means developing an understanding of another culture, the chance to go to school in a different country, and the chance to learn to speak a foreign language fluently. It is exciting and leads to personal growth and greater self-confidence. Learning to manage on their own at a young age is truly a skill that will be useful to your child for the rest of their life.
A year abroad is a fantastic chance to make new friends and learn more about another culture and its norms and traditions. When our high school students return home, they have more confidence, have learned a ton, and have a better understanding of the surrounding world – which is incredibly useful in today’s global world, especially if they have dreams of a future international career.
Sending your child on a year of high school abroad means you have to allow your child to manage on their own, and face and handle new situations and challenges. That might feel scary and different, because at home, you are always nearby. Seeing this growth will be an incredible experience for you, and you will be so proud. The change will be huge and we know from experience that your role is incredibly important for your child’s experience. See yourself as a coach – that is what being the parent of an exchange student is all about.
It’s incredibly fun to send kids out into the world to learn a new language, learn about cultural differences, and have the chance to grow as people. But we can also bring the world to you. Read more about being a host family for young students who come to us from all over the world, and take the chance to use our Host & Go offer when your child is headed for their year abroad.