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The program in Switzerland offers top schools and active host families eager to spend time with you but also expecting you to be independent.

Swiss families often evolve around the core family (parents, children). Usually, every family member chips in when it comes to housework and it is common for both parents to work. Many Swiss people are members of a club, where they pursue their hobbies in the evening. Swiss teenagers also often have weekend jobs. You will be placed in a secondary school preparing young people for university. Since only 20% of all Swiss teenagers pursue this academic career path, the schools are highly challenging and are proud of equipping their students with detailed knowledge in many different areas. Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Rumantsch. Because the community of people speaking Rumantsch is very small, we don’t offer that language in our program. If you are placed in the German speaking region, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the local dialect spoken in your area, which will differ noticeably from standard German. Switzerland has one of the best public transport systems in the world. It is reliable, fast and very dense. You will very likely go to school by yourself using the train or the bus.

Language level needed upon arrival:
–¬†Medium French
– Basic German
– Basic Italian
For placements in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland only according to prior agreement

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open for participants who are currently attending the third grade of secondary school or the first or second grade in high school (born approximately in 2003-06 and will be in high school in the 2021-22 academic year). Applicants must complete the pre-application form, which is in English, by January 31, 2021, and then participate in a selection video call or home visit in February (full details will be provided to applicants).

What's included in your experience

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Language Instruction
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations