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Live the American Dream!

High School in USA

“It’s like a movie!” That’s what we often say when things don’t seem like they are for real. But being a high school student in the USA, no matter where in the country you get to stay, you will learn that some of what you’ve seen in films and on TV is actually true. The school spirit, the cheerleaders, the yellow buses and the football teams for example. They do exist and you will experience it all in real life. But your high school year in the US is about so much more. This is your chance to experience everyday life the American way! Living here and really get to know the people and country from the inside is truly an amazing opportunity.

Become a true American

The USA is a large continent, with six time zones and 50 different states. From Alaska to Hawaii, you will find that all the states have their own traditions and a unique culture. Look for adventures in Colorado, enjoy the sunny beaches of California, visit a ranch in Texas and experience the great lakes of Michigan. Wherever your high school year will take you, it will be a year of your life that will open up your eyes and give you some of that true American belief that you can do it all!

Quick facts:

  • Who can go: 15–18,5 years on arrival
  • Departure month: July–September or January
  • Language requirements: Good English skills
  • Visa: Yes. Additional cost
  • Choice of destination: Yes, you can request a state. Additional cost
  • Prep Course: STS Welcome Camp in New York
  • School year: August/September–May/June
  • School day: Usually 08.00–15.30
  • Subjects: Compulsory and optional courses
  • Popular trips in the country: Hawaii, STS Coast to Coast and more to an additional cost
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Do you want to become an STS partner?

We are always looking for new, serious partner agents all around the world. Send us your interest application today!

Optional additions

STS Welcome Camp


Population: 322 million
Area: 9.8 million km2
Capital: Washington DC
Biggest city: New York City (8,5 million)
Number of states: 50
Currency: US Dollar
Measurement system: British / Imperial Units (inches, ounces)
Country number: +1


Living with a host family

Americans are open, friendly and hospitable. And all our host families are carefully selected and motivated. They are looking forward to meeting you and you will soon feel like a family member and experience the culture and traditions from the inside. 

Read more about host families in the US


But first, a Welcome Camp!

During four exciting days near New York City you will start off with a Welcome Camp together with STS leaders and other exchange students. An important part of the course is getting information about the country’s history, political system and culture. And there will of course be time for some sightseeing too! 

Read more about Welcome Camp

Choose a state

They key to an awesome exchange year is definitely getting a host family that shares your hopes and dreams. Keeping your mind open to all the 50 states is therefore a good advice. However, If you already now have your heart set on spending your year in a specific state, take a look at the high school select program or fill out the state of your choice in your application. We will do our best to meet your wishes. If we succeed, there will be an additional cost. Note that there are a limited number of spots in each state. Therefore, the sooner you apply, the higher the chances of getting the placement you want the most.

Going to the USA for a year was the best I could ever do. I experienced thrilling things that I had only dreamt of and found new friends for life.
Karin Hallgren

STS High School on Instagram


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Do you want to become an STS partner?

We are always looking for new, serious partner agents all around the world. Send us your interest application today!

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.