Discover the World!

The High School Abroad Program

The best way to learn about another country is to experience it! Spend three, five or ten months attending high school in another country. There is a host family waiting just for you! Live as a member of a family and become an active participant in the school and community. Your new family and school will help you develop a deep understanding of their country. Being an exchange student offers you the chance to make life-long friendships and offers you a new view of the world and your role in it.

You are the perfect candidate if

You have an active interest in learning about another culture

You are mature in dealing with others

You are curious

You enjoy challenges


travel & study abroad

learn a foreign language

learn about another culture

be an ambassador

teach about the US

promote cultural understanding

11 countries to choose from

One-on-one Support

Why Trust CHI

For over 36 years, CHI has been developing exchange programs. Why? CHI wants businesses, hosting families and young Americans to share their values, their love and their freedom with foreigners. CHI also wants foreigners to share their culture, values, skills and life experiences with Americans. We believe this to be the best way to promote trust and understanding among nations and to build a more prosperous, peaceful world.

Caring Staff

CHI's talented, hands-on and caring staff strive to ensure you will have the experience of a lifetime.


CHI is a leader in educational and cultural exchange since 1980. Over the years and through our various exchange programs, we have positively affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of families.

trusted partners overseas

CHI only works with partners that share the same philosophy about student exchange we hold dear and that offer the same high level of support and care we provide.

Are you ready to sign up for a program that may change your life?

We are here to help!

Would you like to know the countries offered?


You must

  • Be a high school student
  • Be 15 to 17 years old upon on arrival in the host country
  • Be in good mental and physical health
  • Be willing to participate in daily activities
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better

Countries Offered

High School Abroad allows students to choose their destination country. The multitude of options is one of the benefits CHI offers.

How the program works

The Application Process


Sign up Online


A CHI customer care associate contacts you


Fill out a short application


Pay commitment fee


Online interview


Match with country and school


Pay program fee


Find your ideal host family


Prepare visa documents


Enjoy a life-changing experience overseas

After Arrival

After you arrive in the destination country, our support goes on! You will:

  • Be greeted at the airport and escorted to your new host home
  • Receive a comprehensive orientation to help you adjust to your new school and culture
  • Receive assistance in enrolling into your new high school
  • Get round-the-clock support and regular contact from your Local Coordinator
  • Participate in a awesome Farewell Party and receive your Certificate of Completion
  • Be Escorted to airport for departure flight home

Costs and What's Included

CountrySemesterSchool Year
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Is it Included?
Student interview
Immigration and visa documents
Pre-departure orientation and cultural information about hosting country
Medical insurance, liability insurance and travel insurance
Round trip transportation from closest international airport
Homestay, including room and board
Placement in accredited high school
Local coordinator to support you in your host country
Fees for visa and passport applications
School expenses such as books, uniforms (if required), lab fees, lunches purchased at school etc.
Local transportation
Monthly spending money for personal items and activities
Language tutor

Contact us if you have questions about how the program works, what is offered, program costs, visa requirements or available schools.

Let us help you!


Financial Support

We believe student exchange is important! And because CHI values the families who have hosted students in our Academic Year Program, we want to help you give your children the same exciting educational experience overseas.

CHI will provide a $1000 discount on a full academic year High School Abroad Program or $500 for a semester abroad program to students whose families are currently hosting or who have hosted for CHI’s Academic Year Program within the past 3 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there are hosting countries with no language requirement.

You may go during your final semester of high school. There are other program choices for high school graduates. Perhaps CHI’s World Explorers program would be just perfect for you.

You will receive information about your host family as soon as the “match” is made. Do not expect it earlier than 8 weeks before departure. It may come sooner but often does not. It is better to be prepared for this waiting period.

This educational experience will assist your child with their future plans. College and university officials are impressed by cultural exposure and advanced language skills. Students who participate in an exchange program are valued for initiative and their ability to adapt. Your child’s sense of adventure, courage and intellectual achievements gained will benefit them for a lifetime.

With CHI, you and your student are in excellent hands. All administrative staff have hosted foreign students themselves, traveled extensively, and worked with young people as counselors and coordinators. Extreme care is taken to place your child in a safe environment with a wonderful family and typical high school. Academic Counselors abroad will provide your child with assistance and advice to support them in a successful exchange experience along with 24 hour emergency coverage.