STS High School 14–18 years of age

What is expected of me as an exchange student?

As an exchange student, you will be confronted with many new impressions and experiences. Some things may feel different and some things may feel like home. In these situations, it is important that you keep an open mind and respect that you are now experiencing a completely different culture where there are others who set the rules instead of your parents.

You must follow our rules. The rules are there for your safety, and if you don't follow them, you will have to go home no matter how long or short your exchange year is. There is no refund if you have to go home because you have broken the rules.

For example, you can't drink alcohol, take drugs, get a tattoo or get a piercing while you're away. You are also not allowed to drive a car or moped/motorcycle or take a paid job. However, feel free to get involved by volunteering in an area you are passionate about.

At your host family’s home, you’ll be expected to help with everyday chores, as well as joining them for dinner, spending time with the family and joining in their activities. Your host family is responsible for you throughout your stay, and it is important that you listen to what they have to say. With an open dialogue, you will come to an agreement on what is right for you. One tip is to ask your host family on the first day of your stay what their expectations are of you.