Published: 11/03/2013 16:09
Ok, you'll still be at school – but you'll be making new friends, improving your language skills and getting to know a whole new culture.
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Spending time at a school abroad is a great opportunity for personal and academic development, and will of course also look good on your CV.
One of the most common forms of school stay abroad – where you stay with a local family and attend school for 3 to 12 months.
In a nutshell:
School exchanges – where a group of pupils from different countries visit each other – are usually organised by partner schools or twinned towns. Most exchanges are fairly short, from 1 week to a month or so.
If you're interested, your school or local council should be able to tell you if they have a scheme you could take part in. If they don't, you can tell them about European funding possibilities, e.g. through the EU Comenius scheme or the Europe for Citizens programme.
Finally, you should inform your school well in advance to check whether you'll get credit for the work you do while abroad. Be aware that some schools may make you repeat the year.