Summer foreign exchange programs

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Summer foreign exchange programs
There are numerous organisations that offer summer foreign exchange programs. (passport image by Gemma Williams from

Foreign exchange programs, also called study abroad programs, are a great way for students to experience new cultures. Most summer programs are between two to eight weeks in duration. Once in their chosen country, students can enrol in language classes, work and participate in cultural excursions and activities during the summer break. In the past, exchange programs were designed to swap students between host families from different countries; now exchanges are not necessary.

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange

The AYUSA Global Youth Exchange Foreign Exchange Organization, headquartered in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, has a four-week summer study abroad program. The program is offered to eight countries: Germany, France, China, Spain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Costa Rica. France and Germany are open to high school exchange students between the ages of 16 and 18. Italy, Spain, Japan, China are open to students 15 years up to 18. Costa Rica and Switzerland are open to students as young as 14. Students attend four-hour language classes during the week in the mornings. In the afternoons, one to two times per week, students participate in cultural excursions, where they explore their host city and neighbouring areas. On the weekends, students travel to broader areas of their host country and visit historical places and museums.

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange 1210 Route 194 North Abbottstown, PA 17301 717-259-6431

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad operates out of Westminster, Colorado and has three summer foreign exchange programs for college students enrolled in a 2-year community college or 4-year university. Programs are to Europe, Fiji, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and are between two and eight weeks in duration, during summer break. Students have a variety of academic concentrations to choose from depending on the country, like social sciences, environmental studies, marine science, biology, geography, history, anthropology, language, the arts and economics, to name a few. Most courses are transferable to the student's home university. Programs include housing either in hotels or youth hostels, dormitories or apartments and some programs include meals.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad 12050 N. Pecos St., Suite 320 Westminster, CO 80234 800-980-0033

Two Worlds United Educational Foundation

The Two Worlds United Educational Foundation is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. They offer summer abroad eight-week exchange programs to: Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, England, Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Sweden, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Canada, China, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. The program is intended for high school students who are between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, with a grade point average of 2.75 or above. Students have the option to attend language classes in their host country. Students stay with a carefully screened host family and participate in weekend vacations and excursions. The Two Worlds United Educational Foundation also offers students a group program, where students form into groups within their host countries and, with a foreign language teacher chaperon, participate in two to four week group travel weekend excursions.

Two Worlds United Educational Foundation 503 E. Jackson St. Suite 250 Tampa, FL 33602 888-696-8808

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