If you have dreamt of studying in another country and learning about the culture, we can make that a reality for you! Whether you want to study in England, Brazil, Germany, or many other countries, we can help you make it happen.
By working with an internationally recognized exchange student program, you will have the assurance that you are well taken care of. You will be assigned a great host family, have the proper insurance, and a fantastic school.
You Can Do It!
You’ve probably seen the movies.
Studying abroad doesn’t have to be a farfetched dream. Instead, it can be a reality for you, and give you exposure to another culture that few other American Students can say that they have.
- Distinguish from others for college applications
- Develop more self-confidence and independence
- Strenghten language skills in an immersive environment
- Make the world smaller with friends from around the world
“Learn about another culture, from the inside, in a way you can only dream of.”
To Be Prepared
- Good academic standing
- Maturity level to live abroad
- A desire to experience new cultures
- Foreign language aptitude (depends on country)
Learn how high school students in other parts of the world live. Smell the foods, go to the events, see a football match (That’s soccer to us Americans), and learn the cool differences in cultures.
With our years of experience in the area of exchange programs, we bring you peace of mind. We have caring and reliable partners who help us help you become another happy client.
Want to study abroad for a few weeks, a full summer, a semester, or the entire year? We have an opportunity that works for you!
If you need more information, check out our FAQs below or if you are ready to get started, just fill out our pre-application by clicking below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Study Abroad?
Studying in another country with BFF is more than just working on a language or seeing a different style of education. Immersing yourself in another culture will open world views that you may have never even thought of before, and the growth you (and others) will see in yourself from this experience will make the adventure worth it!
Colleges love to hear stories of personal growth, and studying abroad in high school is something few US students ever do. You will meet new friends, learn about other cultures, try new cuisine, and learn so much about yourself. Something amazing happens when you learn to create solutions for yourself while living abroad.
BFF has a well documented record of having that extra personal touch all the way to the top of the organization, so you will always be well supported in your adventure! You are never a number with BFF, you are family.
We also work closely with our international partners who provide excellent service to our study abroad students.
Where will I live?
You will be placed with a host family in your country of destination who are screened and chosen very carefully by our international partners.
You may live in a large city, mid-size town, or a small village, but it will always be with many chances to explore culture and seize opportunity!
How long is the program?
Depending on the location, you can choose to go for a semester, a full year, or sometimes even a trimester.
If you are interested in a non-academic summer exchange, visit our short term programs page for more information.
What is included in the program price?
Room and board with a host family, supervision by a partner representative, health coverage, and assistance in obtaining a passport and/or visa that may be required.
What is not included?
Spending money, meals outside the home, calling cards/phone plans, and airfare are not included.
We don’t include airfare because you may be able to find the best price by shopping around and use any frequent flyer miles you may have to help pay for it! Some other programs include airfare in their price, but often you could end up paying more.
Are there payment plans?
While we do have some flexible plans for payment, all program fees will need to be paid in full before you depart for you adventure. The application fee and the deposit that is forwarded to the international partner are not able to be included in any payment plan.
Will my school credits transfer back to my high school?
Schools abroad are structured very differently than here in the US. We advise you to talk to your guidance counselor about what requirements you have in order to graduate.
It is your responsibility to find out what your high school requires and how to transfer credits. We are happy to communicate with our partners to secure information about how your assigned school handles transferring credits.
How will I be able to spend money while I am there?
Taking large amounts of cash is not recommended, and it is unlikely that you can open a bank account while you are there. Therefore, we recommend that all of our participants find a way to secure funds for their travel. A bit of planning is definitely needed. Most debit and credit cards are accepted worldwide, but you will want to make sure you are not subject to large international transaction or currency exchange fees. There are many US card companies (maybe even your bank) that offer cards with none of these fees. We recommend getting in touch with your bank to find out what they offer. You will need to secure a way for financial transactions without involving the host family.