Lisa Mineur ‘16 – Do you ever think about studying in a foreign country during high school or later on in college? If so, you may want to consider an exchange student program.

So what’s an exchange student program? A lot of programs send students to study abroad during high school or even during your college years, and you generally have a wide variety of countries in every continent.

This kind of program is for everyone who dreams of travelling, those who are excited and curious to experience and learn what it’s like to study in a different country and discover a new culture.

Studying abroad has a lot of benefits. You can live like a local, learn about new culture, make new friends, and learn a new language, and that can be a benefit to you later in life.

“I would really like to do a exchange student program,” Margaret Jelcin ‘18 said. “I think it’s a good opportunity.”

Sadly, there are some disadvantages. The cost of a program like this is not cheap, so take your time to find the best organization and sometimes you will be able to have financial support.

If you really want to be part of an amazing experience, it’s time start searching for a program that works for you. Find the web site that you love the most among all of them, and just apply. After this step, you will be put in connection with the people in the organization and they will tell you what to do and help you if you have any questions.

If you don’t want or can’t leave your home to do this kind of program you can still make the foreign country come to you by welcoming an exchange student! That’s another way to increase your knowledge while having fun.

If you’re interested in either option, take the time to visit these websites with your parents and find out what opportunities are available.

http://www.pax.org/us-students/

http://greenhearttravel.org/

http://aspectfoundation.org/study-abroad/

http://www.case-usa.org/index.cfm

http://chinet.org/

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