There are many opportunities to study abroad as a high school student. Some programs are completely free. Here is a small sampling of programs which will give you experience living and going to school outside the United States. Pay attention to the deadlines as they are not flexible.
NACEL Open Door
NOD believes it is essential for young people to develop a deeper awareness of their role as citizens of the world through direct experience in other cultures and languages. Homestays are the foundation of most NOD programs. The friendships that result from living as a member of a Host Family encourage continued communication and understanding of other peoples. NOD is committed to providing accessible and affordable programs which include the Academic Year Program, Private School Program, Short Term Programs and Americans Abroad program.
For more information: http://www.nacelopendoor.org/index.html
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For more information: http://www.studyabroad.com/
An Association of qualiﬁed Schools and Universities that offers courses for foreign students in Italy, through the Associated Institutes mentioned below, is pleased to support the important initiative of the Embassy of Italy in Washington for the promotion of Italian language in the United States, particularly at the AP level. The 28 scholarships granted by Eduitalia will enable the recipients to enjoy Italy through an unforgettable learning experience.
For more information: www.eduitalia.org
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth
NSLI-Y offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
For more information: http://www.nsliforyouth.org/
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
CBYX was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2013-14; application deadlines vary by U.S. region and range from September 2012 to January 2013.
For more information and application deadlines: https://www.cbyx.info/
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program
The YES Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations.
Visit the YES Program’s website for more information: http://yesprograms.org/