Questions and answers about student exchange
A year abroad
What does Global Horizons USA do?
Global Horizons USA is one of the largest organization committed to facilitating high school exchange programs for international students seeking to pursue their education abroad.
We maintain enduring partnerships with prestigious high schools across various countries, including the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Germany and Switzerland. Our mission involves welcoming students from many different countries, enabling them to attend these schools for a single semester, an entire academic year, or even multiple years. We take care of accommodation arrangements, offering the choice of staying with a carefully vetted host family or residing on campus with your friends at an exceptional boarding school. Our dedicated team ensures your well-being during the program, providing attentive supervision and offering comprehensive support to both you and your family throughout the entire process.
Where can I study and where will I live?
You have the opportunity to pursue high school education in any of the countries where our programs are available. These countries include the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Germany and Switzerland. You can choose from a diverse selection of public, private, and boarding schools within our exceptional portfolio.
Global Horizons USA stands by your side from the moment you schedule your initial free consultation until you return home after an incredible high school exchange adventure! As part of our all-inclusive package, we arrange for a warm and carefully vetted host family to open their home to you, offering continuous support throughout your stay. They will share meals and enjoyable activities with you, eventually becoming a lifelong part of your extended family.
In case you opt for a prestigious boarding school for your exchange, we ensure a comfortable on-campus experience with friends and excellent supervision. This means you can enjoy a little extra sleep in the morning as your classes are conveniently on-site, and you have the flexibility to choose from a wide array of special courses and diverse meal options each day!
What’s covered in my program fees?
Participating in a high school exchange program is a highly valuable investment in your future, and our team is dedicated to helping you and your family make the most of it within your budget. The program fees encompass various essential components, including school tuition, accommodations with a host family or in dorms, meals, continuous supervision and support, and regular updates to keep your parents informed. Additionally, we provide extra options at an extra cost, such as language lessons and Soft Landing Camps. Feel free to engage in a conversation with your advisor to customize the ideal program that suits your needs.
What visa documents do I need?
Visa requirements vary depending on the country you wish to study in and your country of origin. Our Global Horizons USA counselors possess extensive expertise in these matters and will assist you in obtaining the necessary study visa documents, if required, for your high school exchange destination.
Who can help me?
At Global Horizons USA, we take your experience seriously, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way:
Our experienced counselor will work closely with you to select the best destination and program based on your preferences and goals. You’ll have a dedicated personal advisor who will support you and your parents throughout the application and admission process, including assistance with study visa documentation.
We’ll arrange for your accommodation, ensuring you’re placed with a carefully screened host family or at a prestigious boarding school. A pre-departure orientation will prepare you for the journey, and we’ll be there to welcome you at the airport upon arrival.
Once you’re in your destination, a local coordinator will be assigned to provide ongoing support, answer questions, and address any concerns you may have, making sure your experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Your satisfaction and success are our top priorities, and we’re committed to making your high school exchange unforgettable.
What programs do you offer?
We offer a variety of high school exchange programs to suit your preferences. Our programs encompass exchanges with private and public high schools while staying with host families, as well as opportunities to attend prestigious boarding schools. Whether you want to fully immerse yourself in a local community with a host family, experience the structured environment of a boarding school, or have a particular school in mind, we have a program that’s tailored to your unique needs and goals. Our aim is to provide you with an enriching and unforgettable high school experience, no matter your choice.
How does it work with the flight?
Once our students are provided with the arrival date and designated airport information by our trusted partners, they have the flexibility to independently book their flights. This allows our students to personalize their travel plans to ensure they have a smooth and convenient journey to their high school exchange destination.
What insurance do I need for the stay?
How old may / must I be to participate with you?
Our programs typically cater to students between the ages of 14 and 18, with the condition that they haven’t completed high school in their home country. Some boarding schools may consider admitting students in middle school, and they might also accept older students for a PG (Post Graduate) year.
Do I have to have a certain grade point average?
There is no strict requirement for a particular grade point average (GPA); however, in order to assist you in selecting the most suitable program and school, we kindly request access to your academic transcripts. Your transcripts enable us to better understand your academic background and assist you in finding the ideal high school exchange program that aligns with your academic goals and interests.