Where do you want to go?
Scotland or England?
Our area choice programme gives you the opportunity to decide what part of Great Britain you want to experience. Wherever you are placed, you will be met by our friendly and welcoming host families, and our caring local support coordinators
Welcome to Scotland!
There are many reasons to choose Scotland for your high school exchange programme. Here are three:
– Beautiful countryside
– Friendly and welcoming culture
– A unique experience
Life in Scotland
Population: 5.2 million
Capital City: Edinburgh
Largest city: Glasgow
Highest Mountain: Ben Nevis (1,344 meters)
Official languages: English, Gaelic & Scots
Did you know?
The Scottish accent has been voted the most trustworthy and friendliest accent in the UK. It can be hard to understand at first, but if you keep trying you will soon pick it up!
School in Scotland
Students in Scotland have a wide range of subjects to choose between. As an exchange student you’ll either study towards your national level exams (taken at age 15 or 16) or Highers (taken at age 18 or 19).
If you join students studying for nationals you’ll study a total of 5-8 subjects, including English and Maths.
If you study at Higher level you’ll be able to choose your subjects from a range of options.
The school day starts shortly before 9am, and finishes around 4pm. Most schools in Scotland have a variety of clubs and sports, offering different activities either at lunchtime or after school.
All students in Scotland wear school uniform!
You’ll also be able to find a range of activities and sports in your local community – your host family or InterStudies LSC will be able to help you with this.
Welcome to England!
England is traditionally one of the most popular destinations for international students – there are plenty of good reasons for this. Here are three:
– The home of the English language
– Experience culture and tradition
– An opportunity to get a great education
Life in England
Population: 55 million
Capital City: London
Currency: Great British Pound
Highest Mountain: Scafell Pike (978 meters)
Did you know?
Bonfire Night is celebrated on the 5th of November with bonfires and fireworks. THe celebration marks the attempt to blow up the British Parliament in 1605!
School in England
As an exchange student you will either join local students studying towards their GCSEs (up to age 16) or A-levels (up to age 18). Students at GCSE level study 8-12 subjects, including English and Maths, and a range of optional subjects. At A level students specialise in 3-4 subjects of their own choice, and many English schools and colleges offer a wide range of subjects.
The school day will start shortly before 9am, and finish around 4pm. Most of our students take the bus or the train to school, though you may be lucky enough to get a lift with your host family or live close enough to walk.
Students aged up to 16 wear school uniform. If you are aged 16+, then you may have to follow a dress code, but probably won’t have to wear a uniform.
Most schools offer some activities or sports at lunchtime and after school, and you will also find a wider range of activities in your local area.