Austria

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: September
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation: 3-day Welcome Camp
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About Austria

Spending a high school exchange year in Austria promises an enchanting experience that combines history, culture, and stunning alpine landscapes. Imagine immersing yourself in a country where classical music legends like Mozart and Beethoven once flourished, and where charming villages blend seamlessly with modern cities. Austria’s warm and friendly people will embrace you as you navigate their picturesque towns and bustling markets.

The charming tones of the German language will surround you, providing an exciting chance to learn and communicate in a new language. From exploring castles to indulging in mouthwatering pastries, Austria’s unique blend of rich heritage and breathtaking natural beauty ensures that every day is an adventure.

  • Size: Austria covers an area of approximately 32,386square miles. This is comparable to the state of South Carolina in the United States.
  • Population: The population of Austria is approximately 9 million people.
  • Language: The main language spoken in Austria is German.
  • Religion: The main religion in Austria is Roman Catholicism, although the country is known for its
    religious diversity.
  • Government: Austria is a federal parliamentary republic. It has a president as the head of state and a chancellor as the head of government. The country follows a democratic system with a separation of
    powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
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Life in Austria

High school students in Austria usually start their school day around 8:00 AM. School days usually run until mid-afternoon, with breaks for lunch and sometimes a short afternoon break. The curriculum is diverse, encompassing subjects like language, mathematics, sciences, humanities, and arts.

After school, students might participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, or sports, fostering teamwork and personal interests. It’s common for students to take public transportation or walk to and from school, promoting independence and sustainability.

Evenings are often dedicated to family time, enjoying a leisurely dinner that might include traditional Austrian dishes. Austrian families place a strong emphasis on spending time together, and discussions around the table often cover a wide range of topics, from daily life to world events.

High school students in Austria also have the opportunity to explore cultural attractions in their towns or cities. Austria’s rich history and vibrant arts scene offer many museums, galleries, and theaters to visit. During weekends, students might engage in outdoor activities, such as hiking in the Alps or visiting local festivals.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

September 2024

$11,950

10 months (academic year)

September 2024

$12,960

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

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Austria

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you're well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you're well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.