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Study abroad during high school allows you to earn credits while abroad. Find out about programs in the Fairview College and Career Center. Make an appointment with your counselor to find out how.

The article The Benefits of Study Abroad provides evidence that through study abroad, students can gain a better understanding of themselves and of their culture. They gain unparalleled and life-long perspectives regarding the positive and negative nature of their own culture, and multi-cultural interactions become smoother and more natural. It has been shown that 96% have increased self-confidence, 97% feel more mature and 98% understand their own values more clearly.

Further exploration of study abroad programs can be found in the following websites:


Rotary Club Youth Exchange offers short and long term exchange programs where a student lives with a host family and attends school in a different country.


American Field Service is an educational organization dedicated to providing enriched learning experiences that promote intercultural awareness, tolerance and communication. The vast majority of AFS participants take part in high school-based exchange programs, which give students from all over the world the chance to fully immerse themselves in a new culture. They offer programs lengths that vary from 2 weeks to the full school year.


Study Abroad provides a directory of study abroad programs, as well as articles and tips preparation for studying in another country.


The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) is committed to quality international educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level.


Oxford Study Courses features recap and preparation (a.k.a., revision) courses for students preparing for their IB exams. These courses are now also available online. New courses are offered for students preparing for their first year of diploma candidacy. OSC hosts courses at Oxford University, Sydney and Melbourne Universities, and Dulwich College Shanghai.


In addition there are a growing number of summer and gap year travel abroad programs, both academic and community service-oriented. The Fairview College and Career Center cannot endorse any particular program, and therefore does not attempt to list all of those available here. The College and Career Center does have extensive information on such programs. They can also be found through internet searches.

Please visit our Counseling page for further information regarding opportunities to study abroad.