Travel and experience life in another country, learn the language and live with a host family on a classic high school student exchange. The classic high school student exchange program provides you with your own unique experience and opportunity to see a little bit of the world.


Italy is available in:



Mid September – Mid October

Application due:
March 5th

Late January – March

Application due:
July 30th

Please inquire about customized dates.

Mid September – Mid January

Application due:
March 5th


Late January – Mid June


Application due:
July 30th

Mid September – Mid November

Application due:
March 5th

Late January – Late March

Application due:
July 30th

Please inquire about customized dates.

Mid September – Mid June

Application due:
March 5th


Mid September – Mid December

Application due:
March 5th

Late January – Late April

Application due:
July 30th

Please inquire about customized dates.



What better way to learn the language and culture than to live with a host family. Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, providing meals in the home as well as an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the country and culture has to offer. Just like families in Canada, host families abroad represent many different compositions, nationalities and live in a variety of different areas from small towns or villages to larger cities. Families come in all shapes and sizes but one thing they all have in common is that they are motivated to be part of the experience and look forward to welcoming you into their home! 



A 3 day orientation in Milan is included for 5 and 10 month programs. Arrive in Milan at the start of your exchange, meet other exchange students, get a crash course in the language and culture, and do a little sightseeing so that you can start your exchange off right!

Two optional upgrades are also offered to make the most of the orientation options:
1. 5 and 10 month student may opt to upgrade the 3 day included orientation to a full week to benefit from added language and cultural immersion prior to departing to their host family!

2. 1 – 3 month students may opt to upgrade their program and include the 3 day Milan orientation to get a jump start on the exchange term.

For short term programs ( 1, 2 and 3 month programs) students, who choose not participate in the Optional Milan Orientation, you will receive a local orientation in your host community to help you get acquainted with the sights, sounds, and way of life in your local area.



 Approximately 1 year of language study required. Students are encouraged to study prior the start of their program using a variety of methods. Language lessons may be necessary once in country at an additional fee should the level of Italian require this for daily life.



Attend a local public school (private school option may be presented if available).

School Year: School starts in Mid September and goes until June
Common courses: Schools in Italy have three different streams, Liceo Classico (which is more classics and humanities based), Liceo Scientifico (which is more Science based) and Liceo Artistico (which is more arts based). Common courses include math, science, arts, foreign languages, Latin, Greek, philosophy, physical education, and history.
Average hours per week: 25-30 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break in July and August, 2-week winter break in December, 1 week break in October, 1 week break in March/ April, and statutory holidays.
Fun fact: Lots of School Holidays throughout the year!

Italy at a Glance

Population Population

59 Million

Capital City Capital City


Known For Known For

Neapolitan Pizza, Gelato, Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo, The Colesseum, espresso, The Vatican

Currency Currency


Language Language


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Program Fees

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Optional 1 Week Orientation (Upgrade for 5 & 10 Month Programs):


Optional 3 Day Orientation (1-3 Month Students):



What’s Included for the Student Exchange Program?

  • School Registration and Placement
  • Host Family Recruitment, Screening and Placement
  • Food and Lodging with Host Family
  • Full and Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Canada
  • Arrival Orientation in Host Country
  • Monthly Monitoring and Progress Reports
  • 24 hour Emergency Support Overseas
  • Academic Support
  • Arrival Greeting by Representative from Partner Organisation and/or host family
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
  • Provision of Program Documentation: Orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchangeAnd
  • The Opportunity to LEARN-TRAVEL-EXPERIENCE!

Additional fees the student is responsible for include:

  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Transportation to and from school for some students, dependent on where the host family is located. Some students are required to take a bus or train, while others walk or bike to school. This is dependent on where the host family is located.
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

*Please note that YES Canada reserves the right to modify and update program options, leading to changes in pricing. Please note that pricing may be subject to change. Please note which program term the posted rates apply to, if the term you are applying for is not posted please inquire.

*Note: Students from the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or private schools may be subject to an additional tuition levy of $1000. Note that whether a student participates in a one-way exchange or hosts an international student in their home, a reciprocal exchange occurs at the school level. As such, the tuition free exchange is provided when a Canadian student travels abroad and an international student assumes their place in the local school or school board.  In instances where a reciprocal exchange cannot occur within a school board/province a levy may be charged. Please email for more details about fees and the participating provinces/school board designations.

Payment Schedule

  1. $500.00 application fee due with the submission of the full application. The application fee is only refunded in instances where the student is not accepted.
  2. Host Country Program Deposit due upon conditional acceptance. (Please note fees are specific to each exchange country).
  3. 35% of the remaining program fees are due upon receipt of the full acceptance letter.
  4. 40% of the remaining program fees are due 95 days prior to departure.
  5. 25% of the remaining program fees are due 35 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada.
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specic country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the host family placement, 35% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement, 55% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after partner company visa documents have been issued 65% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable. 
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada a refund will be given.
  • Please contact YES Canada for any COVID-19 specific policy details.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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