International Study and Language Travel


Here are some of the most common questions about STS High School – and their answers.

If you have other questions or need more answers, contact us. We will gladly help you!

  • Does STS have a contact person on my location?

    Yes, no matter where in the US you go, we have a local representative on your location. He or she selects our host families, have contact with schools and will be your supporter and advisor during your exchange year.

  • What sort of school will I attend?

    In most countries, you will attend public schools. Our High School Select program offers private schools as an alternative. The difference between public and private schools differs between countries.

  • Can I take part in sports during my high school year?

    Of course! Let us know which sport you would like to play when you apply and we will do our best to find a school where you can practice your interest. With STS High School Select you have an increased possibility to choose schools depending on their specific sport profiles. You should really take this opportunity if you have a strong passion for sports!



  • When do I have to apply?

    We recommend that you apply in good time to secure your spot. The earlier you register, the better. We will then have the time to find the most suitable host family for you and your chance to have a place in the High School program increase if you apply early. For departure in fall you can apply as late as March for most destinations. For school start in January you need to apply latest in the beginning of October.

  • Can I get out of certain courses by doing an examination when I get home?

    That’s a possibility in many schools. Usually our students become very good at English and math, and some students will be examined in these subjects when they return. Contact your school about the chances of doing knowledge tests.

  • Can I travel around in the country?

    Of course! Your local representative and school often arrange trips that are very popular to join. When your exchange year is over you can use the extra month that’s included in your visa to travel around. We at STS arrange an extremely popular trip Coast to Coast throughout the USA. For students in Europe we also arrange a European Tour that covers 12 countries. Former students have described both of these trips as the best possible ending to their year abroad!

  • How are the student and the family matched?

    As a part of your application you write a personal letter, and give a presentation of who you are and what you like. Each of our host families will do the same. Based on these presentations, our local representatives will do their best to match you with a family that fits your profile. Give your personal letter some extra attention to enhance the chances of the perfect match!

    We put a lot of emphasis on selecting our host families. After the host families apply, we interview them, visit their home and collect references. Many of our host families are experienced and used to having an exchange student in their home. What they all have in common is a genuine interest in cultural exchange. Just like you!

  • When do I get my designated host family?

    No later than September 15 for fall start. For spring start, it depends on your final destination, since different countries and schools have different start dates. You will get more detailed information about this when you apply.

  • Can I arrange my own host family?

    In most cases that's possible. In the USA, we have to follow some rules stipulated by the Department of State. For example, you are not allowed to be related to, have the same native language or come from the same country as the host family. The language spoken in the household must be the country's official. Let us know if you want to arrange your own host family and we will gladly help you with this and give you all the information you need.

  • Can I choose where I will live during my year?

    Yes, in many of our host countries you can state in your application that you wish to be placed in a certain state, region or city. There will be an additional fee if you get the placement you wished for. If the location is important to you, we have a great option with our High School Select program, where you are guaranteed a spot in the region or city you choose.

    Give yourself a moment to start dreaming. Where do you want to go? Tell us and we will help you make your dream come true!

  • Will I be able to graduate abroad?

    This is completely up to each and every school. They all have their own rules and regulations. Some schools let their exchange students participate in the graduation ceremony, but without getting an official diploma. In some cases, you can ask your school for a transcript of your courses and grades. If you want to have an impact on your curriculum and increase the chances to participate in a high school graduation, we recommend that you choose High School Select.

  • What language knowledge is needed?

    Preferably you should have basic knowledge of the language spoken at the destination. Usually that’s the case if you have studied it for a year or more. Once you arrive to your destination, you will learn the language quickly!

  • Can STS help me if I have an allergy or if I have had an illness?

    Health is important, but we always want to help students with allergies or previous medical problems. Everyone is unique and we will make an individual evaluation of your possibilities. When it comes to allergies it’s easier to find the optimal solutions with High School Select.

  • Which grades are needed?

    Our students need to have E and above in all subjects during the last three years (or the years that they have received grades). If you have any F’s please contact us and we will do an individual evaluation. Maybe you can be an exception to the rule.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Why should I choose STS as a partner?

    Because STS is an industry leading organization with almost 60 years experience in language- and high school programs. With this experience comes a high level of quality in everything we do. 

  • What is characterizing STS as a partner?

    As an STS partner, you will always receive personalized service from one of our highly dedicated team members. We have also developed systems for simplifying all our processes, meaning that you can spend less time on administration and more time on providing the best service possible to your current and future customers.

  • What is STS High School?

    STS High School is a program sending students from all over the world on an exchange year abroad. During the year, the student will enroll a public or private high school program and live with a carefully selected host family. 

  • I am interested in adding services to my current STS partnership. How do I do that?

    Due to our high customer satisfaction, many of our partner agents wish to extend our collaboration to include both our language schools- and high school programs. To do so, send us an email and we will come back to you with our terms and conditions.