Area Choice England & Scotland

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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 

Experience Bonnie Scotland! The Scots are renowned for their friendliness and open culture. An InterStudies programme in Scotland is an amazing opportunity to experience the Scottish culture, beautiful countryside, and historic towns and cities.
Most students are placed to the south or north of Edinburgh, in areas including Fife, Perth and the Scottish borders, as well as Edinburgh itself. Placements are often in towns, but some placements can be semi-rural. Wherever students are placed, they will meet friendly and welcoming locals and have a unique chance to experience the stunning Scottish landscape. 

Life in Scotland

Quick facts

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.


School life

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

From the chalk cliffs of Dover to the mountains of the Lake District, the city of London to quaint towns and villages, England has something to offer everyone. Students will experience the cultural diversity of modern British towns and cities, alongside the traditions the British are so famous for. 
Students are placed all around England, from the South Coast, through the Midlands and to the North of the country. Placements are often in market towns or in the suburbs of larger towns or cities, but can also be in the countryside.

Life in England

Quick facts

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.


School life

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.