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High school Program

Semester/Academic Year in the United States

Foreign students ages 15 to 18 attend U.S. high schools for five to ten months starting in August for the fall semester/academic year and in January for the Spring semester. Students must demonstrate academic interest and a good command of the English language. Students live with volunteer host families and attend local schools. Orientation is provided prior to departure from home country and after arrival in the United States. Students are supervised and monitored on a monthly basis by local community coordinators.

Semester/Academic Year Abroad

U.S. high school students travel to France, Germany and Spain for a semester or a school year during which they live with a volunteer or paid host family and attend a local high school. A minimum of two years of foreign language study is required. Academic credit is possible depending on home school policies. Orientation is provided prior to departure from the United States and after arrival in the host country. Students are supervised and monitored on a monthly basis by local community coordinators. Cost to participants is $5,400 to $10,000, excluding transportation, insurance, and spending money. Contact EMF directly for more information about this portion of the High School Program.


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