SWITZERLAND: CLASSIC

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.

 

Switzerland is available in:

CLASSIC  

HOW LONG CAN I STUDY ABROAD?

 Mid August– January

Application due:
January 15th

Early January– June

Application due:
August 20th

Mid August– July

Application due:
 January 15th

ACCOMMODATION STYLE: HOMESTAY

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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! 

ORIENTATION: LOCAL ORIENTATION / OPTIONAL PARIS ORIENTATION

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A local orientation will be provided by the local coordinator in your host community. The local orientation will help you to get to know the host community, your local support system and provide you with a crash course in important cultural norms, so you can adjust to school and host family life!

An optional orientation in Paris, France is available for an extra fee. The Paris orientation provides for a cultural introduction, a chance to meet other exchange students and the opportunity to sightsee before meeting your host family in your host country! A great way to start your exchange with a little touring and cultural prep!

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SWISS GERMAN

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Intermediate German proficiency is required to participate, at least 2 years of prior study is required. 

SCHOOL LIFE: LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL

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

School Year: School starts in Mid August and ends in June
Common courses: Foreign language,  Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Optional classes often include Music or Art.
Average hours per week: 35 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break from July – early August, 2 weeks in Mid-October, 2 weeks in December, 2 weeks for Spring break in March/April, statutory holidays.
Fun fact: In Switzerland, high schools are called Gymnasiums!

Switzerland at a Glance

Population Population

8 Million

Capital City Capital City

Bern

Known For Known For

Swiss Alps, Toblerone, Chocolate, Yodelling, Luge, Large Haldron Collider, Alphorn

Currency Currency

Swiss Franc

Language Language

French, German, Italian, Rumantsch

Say Hello Say Hello

Bonjour, Guten Tag, Hello!

Program Fees

(2024/25 School Year)

Please enquire

(2022 September)

Please enquire

Optional Orientation

Please enquire

Find more information on what's included in the program fee, additional fees, payment schedule and cancellation policy, visit our Program Info page here 

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