Switzerland

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure:
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation:
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About Switzerlan

From hiking mountain trails to exploring the innovative industries that call Switzerland home, every day is an invitation to expand your horizons. Whether you’re conversing in French, German, or Italian, Switzerland’s multilingual culture welcomes you with open arms. Picture yourself immersing in a country that boasts not only breathtaking landscapes but also a rich tapestry of cultures. From historic cities to serene villages, each corner of Switzerland has a story to tell. Your high school exchange year in Switzerland isn’t just about attending classes; it’s a chance to embrace the warmth of Swiss hospitality as you form connections that cross continents.

  • Size: Switzerland covers an area of approximately 15,940 square miles.
  • Population: The population of Switzerland is approximately 8.6 million people
  • Language: Switzerland has three national languages due to its diverse regions: German, French, and Italian. The most widely spoken language varies depending on the region.
  • Religion:The main religion in Switzerland is
    Christianity, with a majority of the population being
    either Roman Catholic or Protestant. However,
    Switzerland is known for its religious diversity, and
    there is also a significant number of people who
    identify as non-religious or belong to other faiths.
  • Government: Switzerland is a federal republic with a unique system of direct democracy. It has a
    combination of a president as the head of state and a Federal Council as the collective executive head of government.
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Life in Switzerland

Mornings often begin with a hearty breakfast, perhaps including Swiss muesli or fresh bread paired with regional cheeses and jams. School usually starts around 8:00 AM and extends until early afternoon, with a focused and engaging learning environment.

After school, Swiss teenagers have a myriad of options. Many embrace the stunning natural landscapes, engaging in activities like skiing, hiking, or biking, depending on the season. Switzerland’s mountains, lakes, and picturesque towns become a playground for both adventure and relaxation.

Families often enjoy dinners together, savoring Swiss cuisine and exchanging stories from the day. Teenagers might also meet friends at local cafés or explore the vibrant social scene.

Weekends provide a chance to further explore Switzerland’s offerings. Many teenagers take advantage of their proximity to nature by embarking on outdoor excursions, visiting historical sites, or attending local markets.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

August/September 2024

$13,580

10 months (academic year)

August/September 2024

$14,050

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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Switzerland

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Pre-Application Fee $250

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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 are 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 are 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.