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Be a high school exchange student now! 

Learn more about our exchange programs for high school students! Look for your school year abroad with Nacel, your high school study abroad organization.

Nacel is a student exchange organization since 1957! We have more than 65 years of experience in organizing High School Abroad programs all over the world. Nacel team helps you make your dream come true and creates the conditions for you to enjoy your study abroad program: we take care of your studies, your accommodation, your arrival, your insurance, and your visa. We follow up on your progress during your school year abroad and support you in case of difficulties.

Thousands of high school exchange students have traveled with us, and many share their school year abroad experience with you. Choose now the best places to study abroad. We have decades of experience in organizing study abroad programs for secondary school students

Contact our organization to learn more about our exchange programs for high school students, including our summer high school exchange

Dutch High School Abroad
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German High School Abroad
Italian High School Abroad
Japanese High School Abroad
Korean High School Abroad
Portuguese High School Abroad
Spanish High School Abroad

What is Nacel High School Study Abroad Program?

Can you study abroad in High School? Sure, studying abroad in high school is possible with Nacel. The High School Study Abroad program represents the deepest cultural immersion experience for teens abroad. Those programs foster cross-cultural education for youth and help our teens to become global citizens
Do you consider studying abroad program during high school? Learn more about the experience of an International Student Exchange.  

For students looking for a broader experience of life in a foreign country, Nacel offers High school student exchange programs abroad for a few weeks, a term, a semester, or a full academic year. High School exchange students on a school year abroad live in a host family or choose a student residence or a boarding school. They attend a public or private high school abroad, allowing them to learn about another culture and improve their language skills. Learn more about Nacel exchange program for your Global Education. 

What is the high school study abroad experience for?

Nacel Exchange programs for high school students are open to students aged 13 – 18 years old (according to the country) from all over the world. Some restrictions may apply due to visa and foreign residency conditions. Most of our exchange students are :

  • high school freshmen,
  • sophomores,
  • juniors,
  • and seniors. 

How long does a high school abroad program last?

High School study abroad is possible with a duration of:

  • a month,
  • a school term abroad,
  • a school semester abroad,
  • or a school year abroad.

What type of school does an exchange student typically study at?

School-year abroad students attend Public and private Student Exchange Programs.

Foreign exchange students either attend: 

  • a Day School, living with a host family
  • a Boarding school, living part-time or full-time at the Boarding house, and eventually spending weekends with a host family

Where do high school exchange students live in?

During the high school abroad program, accommodation is offered in:

  • host families,
  • boarding quarters
  • or student residences.

When hosted in a family, high school exchange students are placed in a safe and pleasant home. Language learning comes from the immersion at the homestay. The home is carefully selected. Every attempt is made to match family and student where possible in terms of interests. 

Who can apply to do a school year abroad?

Participating in a school year abroad means full immersion in the country's life: it is the best way to reach proficiency in the foreign language of the country as well as gain a complete cross-cultural and intercultural experience. The best way to bilingualism!

The Nacel exchange program is selective: every student must be interviewed before being accepted.

Each high school exchange student needs to comply with the following requirements :

  • Age specification according to the country,
  • 2 or more years of language study with good grades,
  • An above-average academic record,
  • A previous experience of living away from home,
  • An interest in learning about another culture and language,
  • A willingness to make new friends and to share the daily life of a host family,
  • An open and flexible attitude.

How to become a high school exchange student? Learn more. 

Where is the best place for a high school exchange programs abroad?

Nacel Advisors help you determine the "best" place for YOUR high school exchange year: based on your preferences, goals, interests, language skills, objectives, and budget, your Advisor suggests possible destinations. Each student is unique and we pay great attention to your project.

Nacel is an organization that offers exchange programs worldwide to secondary school students. School year abroad is available in 17 countries. Choose your preferred destination for your exchange programs for high school students.

We offer Nacel study abroad programs for high school students for various foreign languages, countries, and lengths!

High School Study Abroad: choose you country for school year 2024/2025

Nacel Educational Travel offers High School Study Abroad in various continents around the world. Study in a high school in Europe, North or Latin America, or even Asia, Africa or Oceania! Find the best study abroad high school programs for you!

High School Study Abroad Europe: learn more here

Latin America

North America

Asia / Africa / Oceania

High School Study Abroad 2024: choose your language

During your high school exchange abroad, you may learn and improve a variety of foreign languages. 

English high school exchange year abroad :

German exchange :

French exchange :

Spanish exchange :

Dutch exchange

Russian  exchange

  • Russian school year abroad in Russia, currently discontinued

Portuguese exchange :

Italian exchange :

Japanese exchange :

High School Term Abroad 2024

Study for a school term in a high school abroad: you will spend 3 to 4 months abroad. 

High School Semester Abroad 2024

Spend a school semester in a high school abroad: you will study abroad for 5 to 6 months. 

High School Year Abroad 2024

Spend a school year in a high school abroad: you will stay between 9 to 10 months abroad. 

How should I apply to a high school exchange program?

Contact Nacel, your high school study abroad organization. Providing Student Exchange Service, we will guide you and support you during your whole journey! Attend an exchange student program at the high school level with Nacel. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for student exchange programs abroad are usually accepted:

  • until March for sessions starting in August-September
  • and until September for sessions starting in January.

Please check accurate deadlines for each high school exchange year. Late applicants may be accepted, depending on availability and visa delays.

Early application is highly recommended. A student interested in this high school study abroad should contact us immediately and email us the pre-application to secure a place.
Then the student will have to carefully fill out the full application form.

VISA: A High School study abroad program may require students to apply for a student visa, depending on the home country of the applicant, the destination country of his exchange program, and even the duration of the student exchange abroad. We inform and assist our exchange students during their visa application process.


The foreign exchange student is not guaranteed:

  • placement in a certain grade level,
  • or that transferable credits will be granted,
  • or that a diploma will be awarded at the end of the High school exchange program.

These decisions remain at the entire discretion of the national educational authorities. Accreditation for courses taken while in the program is the responsibility of the participant. Nacel is not responsible for the procedures needed in this process but may surely assist and advise. For any advice on getting high school credits while studying abroad, contact your Study Abroad High School Program expert. 

Are you looking for a bilingual exchange program? Opt for a school year abroad in:

Discover the Nacel exchange program abroad! Book your school year abroad now. Discover our exchange programs for high school students!

Frequently asked questions

The benefits of studying abroad are multiple.

 Here are some that you may want to consider:

  • Develop and improve new language skills.
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture and way of living.
  • Become more independent.
  • Gain a new perspective of your country, the destination country and the world while appreciating diversity.
  • Find a family, make new friends and establish international friendships that could last a lifetime.

Each country has different requirements.  In general, these are the most important:

Age requirement: The student must be between 13 and 18 years old  (See the country you are interested in for specific information)

Language skills: Two or more years of language studies.

Academic record: An excellent academic record, with good grades.

Attitude: Having an open mind and flexible attitude are crucial. 

Motivation: Exhibiting willingness to adapt to a new country, culture, school system, and family customs is critical to success.

Having a spirit of adventure!

Most certainly, you can choose the length that is more favorable to your needs. It could be a term, semester or an academic year.

We also offer short-term homestay and school integration experiences in various countries, starting from just two weeks.

It will depend on each country and school system. 

In some countries, the host schools are only allowed to issue a certificate of attendance to their exchange students; in other countries, host schools may issue a grade report which cannot be adapted to your specific needs. It would be a similar report to the ones given to their local students. 

You may not be graded in all subjects. The grading scale used is the one of the destination or host country and cannot be adapted to your country’s scale. 

The credit system is mainly used in the USA and Canada. In most other countries of the world, you earn a grade report listing your subjects, your grade, and perhaps a teacher comment, but no credits or GPA. 

You will need to provide your home school with your grade report, and they will determine which and how many credits they may award you based on your host school’s grade report.

If you attend an international private school, which is typically a boarding school, the school may be accredited by international organizations such as IB World Schools, or by British or American accreditation bodies if they teach British or American curriculums.

Nacel International cannot guarantee credit transfer. We always advise our exchange students to discuss the credit requirements with their home high school prior to applying to the program.

Most certainly! Among the purposes of our programs are acquiring cultural understanding and making new friends.  One of the paths to obtain them is via extracurricular activities.

It's possible that your high school may not offer programs related to your interests or hobbies. However, this shouldn't be a problem as your host town will likely have various clubs, community facilities, and sports centers where you can continue to develop your skills and make lasting friendships. 

The cost will depend on:

The country.

The type of school you’d be attending: public, private, international, boarding school.

The length of your program.

The price range can be quite diverse, from the most affordable options, starting at 1,500 USD, to the most comprehensive programs, priced at around 35,000 USD.

Once you know the Nacel study abroad program you are interested in, refer to its Price tab section to review what is and is not included. Generally speaking, international airfare, visa and passport fees are not included. 

The type of accommodation provided, whether it's a host family, boarding school or a student residence, varies for each program and it may or may not be included in its price. Similarly, transfers from the airport to the program's location or the accommodation may be included or not.

For students under 18 years old (minor children), we highly suggest booking the Unaccompanied Minor (UM) service offered by major carriers to avoid any difficulties during the travel. Parents of underage children will be requested to sign a Parent’s Travel Release.

The Nacel application process for an exchange student program involves several stages to ensure a thorough evaluation of candidates and to match them with suitable host families and high schools.

It's important to note that the specifics of the application process may vary depending on the country involved. 

Here's an overview of a typical application process for an study abroad program:

  • After you have decided with your family to become an exchange student with Nacel, you start your application.
  • The application form collects personal information, academic background, motivations for participating, and preferences.
  • You must submit supporting documents such as academic transcripts, recommendation letters, an introduction letter, video, medical records, and any other relevant documents as specified by the program.
  • Successful candidates are notified of their acceptance into the program. The local coordinators then work on matching the student with an appropriate host family and high school based on compatibility and availability.
  • If a visa is required, Nacel obtains an enrollment letter from the local high school so you can attach it to the rest of the requirements to process your student visa at the consulate of your country of residence.
  • Nacel will provide guidance on travel arrangements and itinerary planning.

Absolutely! Participating in a school exchange program abroad will help you stand out with your college and university applications. 

Studying abroad can provide you a unique academic experience that sets you apart from others. Besides that, your language skills will improve dramatically, you will learn to be more independent and gain more flexibility, open-mindedness, and intercultural skills that fellow university applicants will not possess. 

Colleges, universities and employers highly value exchange programs abroad experiences.

To ensure a smooth and stress-free experience, it is advisable to plan and prepare in advance. We recommend contacting Nacel between September and December if you want to travel the following September. This will give you enough time to gather information, discuss your plans with your parents and high school counselor, and prepare your application form carefully. 

If you are ready to work on your application quickly, you may wait until January to March, knowing that you must be on top of documents and communications. 

For those planning to start their exchange program abroad in January, it is best to start inquiring in July or August and begin working on your application in September. 

You will stay with a local host family who will welcome you as an additional family member. Your host parents and siblings will provide encouragement, support, full board and share their daily life with you. 

Your safety is our main concern so, depending upon the country's regulations, every eligible host family is fully vetted by our Local Coordinators. Our screening includes a criminal background check for each member of the household who is 18 and older, as well as in person interviews and visits to the host family’s place of residence.

Our programs revolve around the warmth and comfort of host family accommodation, and we've got over 60 years of experience in making it happen!

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