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United Kingdom

Program Details:

  • 5 or 3 month program starts in August or January
  • Academic year program available upon request
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 18
  • School year begins in September
  • Placed with carefully selected host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/31 for January,
    5/31 for August

Program Costs:

  • Semester – $9,600
  • 3 months – $8,600
  • Insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • High school acceptance and tuition fees
  • Host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Local orientation upon arrival
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in the United Kingdom
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to host family and within the UK
  • School textbooks and lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • 24-hour emergency support

General Information:

The United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland (which together make up Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. The capital city of the UK is London, which is also the capital of England. For Wales the capital is Cardiff, for Scotland it is Edinburgh, and for Northern Ireland it is Belfast. The population of the UK is estimated to be around 63 million (England: 53 million, Scotland: 5.3 million, Wales: 3 million, Northern Ireland: 1.8 million). The United Kingdom is a parliamentary democracy which means the government is elected by the people. There is a general election once every five years. The Prime Minister leads the government with the support of the cabinet and ministers. The UK is in the process of leaving the European Union and still uses the pound instead of the Euro.

The UK has a fascinating history dating back to 6500 BC. All over the UK you’ll find monuments marking its history, from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace. The UK is also home to over 28 cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Heritage Cities including Edinburgh, Bath, Canterbury, Chester, Durham, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and York.

High School System:

After completing the GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) at age sixteen in secondary school, students in the United Kingdom have the choice to pursue further academic qualifications, vocational qualifications, or join the work force.

When pursuing further academic qualifications, the UK has a wide range of school types to choose from, all operated by the State. They provide free tuition to students within the United Kingdom (and the European Union until the UK is no longer a part of it) but require international students to pay tuition fees. These school types include:

  • Secondary Schools with Sixth Form – Students stay on and take A-Levels at their secondary school
  • Sixth Form Colleges – Specialised schools to study A-Levels or BTECS
  • Academies – State schools operated independently outside of the Local Education Authority (often sponsored by businesses etc). Same structure as Secondary & 6th form colleges usually with a specialisation in certain subject areas – eg. Maths & Science, Performing Arts
  • Colleges of Further Education – Separate establishment exclusive for education post-16 (A-Levels, BTECs etc.) Usually more relaxed than Schools, Academies & 6th Form Colleges. Students can choose from a wide-range or subjects and are given more responsibility and independence in their school life.

Students attend these schools for a further two years (ages 16-18) and take an exam at the end of both years (A1/S and A2) to receive the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A Level). This is an entry qualification for universities in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Video courtesy of Visit Britain

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