About the exchange students
Who are the exchange students and where are they from?
Exchange student are usually between 15 and 18 years old. They have different motivations to participate in an exchange program and have different hobbies, and passions. The exchange students come from countries around the world, from Norway to South Africa, from Indonesia to Canada.
How long will the exchange student stay with their host family?
Exchange students usually participate in an exchange program for a couple of weeks, a semester, or a school year. The majority of exchange students participates for a school year. The duration of the exchange student in your home depends on your availability and preferences.
Do the exchange students speak my language?
One of the goals of the exchange program is for the exchange student to learn your language. They also speak English (some more than others), which will help in the initial days after arrival of the exchange student in your home.
WILL THE EXCHANGE STUDENT ATTEND SCHOOL?The majority of exchange students attend high school during their exchange. Some exchange students are slightly older and attend college, vocational education, or volunteer work.
how are the students prepared for the exchange experience?
Exchange organizations prepare the exchange students in different ways for their exchange. The organization in their home country provides them with rules and guidelines, they meet other students going abroad at the same time at an orientation, and they learn about cultural differences and how to approach such situations.
When does the exchange student arrive?
The arrival of exchange student differs per country and program. A majority of students arrives in July-August and December-January each year for semester and year long exchange programs. A minority participates in short-term exchange programs, their starting dates differ.