Your High School Year
Experience Great Britain with InterStudies
A High School year with InterStudies is an amazing opportunity to experience the British culture at first hand.
You’ll live with a British family. You’ll attend a local school alongside local students and other InterStudies exchange students. You’ll learn, explore, and have fun. When you go home you will have grown as a person, you’ll understand a different culture, speak fluent English and you’ll have gained experience and knowledge that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Scroll down to read all about our programme. When you are ready to apply, contact us, and we’ll help you get in touch with one of our partners in your home country, who will help you through the application process.
Home to over 65 million people, and destination for over 30 million visitors per year. Read more about your new home.
Great Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales (often confused with the UK, which also includes Northern Ireland). Whatever your interests, you’ll find that Great Britain has something to offer. From London, the bustling capital city with its iconic landmarks, to the mountains and lochs of the Scottish Highlands, there is a unique experience waiting for you wherever you are in Great Britain.
Most of our students live in towns or suburbs, and if you apply to our High School programme you can be placed anywhere in Great Britain. If you want to choose where you are placed then you can apply for our regional choice programme with placement options in Scotland, England or Southern England, or to our Select Studies programme which allows you to choose from our range of colleges around the UK.
Language and culture
Great Britain truly is a land of tradition and contrasts. When you think about Great Britain, you might think of fish and chips, afternoon tea, our famous London buses and school uniform! You’ll have the chance to experience all these traditions, and many more, but Great Britain is much more than that!
Over the years, the British culture and language has been influence by immigration from many different countries, and you’ll find that the modern British culture you meet in the streets of Britain’s towns and cities has been influenced by cultures and traditions from all around the world.
English is the main language in all of Great Britain, however if you visit Scotland and Wales you will find that Scottish and Welsh are also spoken in some areas, and in Wales signs are also written in Welsh.
School in Great Britain
Great Britain has been the destination of choice for international students for many years. Read more about your school day.
You’ll attend school alongside local students. You’ll have to study, attend classes and do your homework! In return, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience everyday life in a British school, and make friends with local students as well as other exchange students from around the world.
The school day starts at around 9am in most schools, and finishes around 4pm. You’ll be able to walk, cycle, or take public transport to school.
You’ll have lunch in the school canteen (you can buy lunch, or take a packed lunch from your host family), and most schools offer sports or other activities at lunchtime and after school.
When you think about school in Great Britain, one of the first things you probably think about is the school uniform!
In England and Wales students at most schools wear a school uniform if they go to secondary school (aged under 16), and all Scottish students wear a school uniform. You’ll be expected to wear uniform as well, so you will quickly blend in with local students.
If you go to sixth form in England or Wales then you will usually have to follow a dress code instead of wearing a uniform.
What will I study?
That depends on your age, and where you are placed:
In England and Wales you will study with local students who are working towards their GCSEs if you are 14 or 15 years old. You’ll study 8-10 subjects, some of which you will be able to choose yourself. If you are aged 16-18 you’ll study with students working towards their A levels. Here students will usually have 3 subjects, and you will be able to choose your subjects.
Students in Scotland study for their Nationals at age 15/16, before moving on to study for Highers & Advanced Highers.
Getting involved with sports teams, clubs and other organised activities is one of the best ways to meet local students and make friends when you are in the UK.
You’ll be able to find some activities through your school, either after school or at lunchtime.
Other sports, youth groups, clubs and other activities are usually found in your local community and your Local Support Coordinator will be able to help you to find activities in your area.