Becoming an exchange student is an exciting way to enhance your life by living in another country. Being an exchange student does not require your family to host a student in your house while you are away.
ASC STUDENT EXCHANGE INFORMATION : EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT IS HERE.
i.WHAT IS ASC STUDENT EXCHANGE?
ASC student exchange is the opportunity for students to exchange their school, culture, family and possibly language for a selected time period in another country. It is far more rewarding than simply being a tourist, as students live like locals and acquire knowledge not available to the general traveller. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and study at an overseas school with the support of a volunteer host family.
Student exchange with ASC Ghana can open your eyes to the opportunities and wonders of the world. Support is provided to students throughout the entire program. Right from the start, when we first receive an enquiry, all the way to the program completion, ASC answers questions from students and parents, maintains contact with students while they are overseas, and facilitates communication between our international partner organisations, coordinators, host families, host schools and exchange students. This ensures you will have the best possible student exchange experience.
All over the world, ASC host families are interviewed and screened to ensure they will provide safe and caring home environments for our exchange students. Your host family you will select , will be welcoming and probably impatient for your arrival, and will be interested in learning about you and your life in which ever country you travelled from. Before you depart from our country, you will also be advised about the host school that has accepted you. Students and teachers in host country schools are always interested in hearing about life from your unique part of the world. If you choose a non-English speaking country you will have the fantastic opportunity to learn a new language and speak it everyday. While this can be a daunting prospect initially, the long term benefits of being able to speak another language will stay with you for the rest of your life.
At A Glance:
Live with a local volunteer host family
Attend school as a local teenager of your chosen country
Experience your host country’s cultures and customs first-hand
Learn a language (for non-English speaking countries)
You do not have to host a student in return however, ASC Ghana is always looking for welcoming volunteer host families both local and international.
DISCOVER THE WORLD BEYOND THE CLASSROOM!
The chance to travel and study overseas with the support of a host family (your second family), school and community is only available to students in high schools and tertiary institutions.
ASC will place you with a loving volunteer family for the duration of your program. If you would like to host an international student, it can certainly be arranged, but there is no obligation for our outbound students and families to host.
ii.WHO CAN GO?
After having thought carefully about why you want to be an exchange student, convinced your parents of the idea, spoken to your teachers and completed our application form, you should be assured that your chances of being accepted are high! Provided you meet the academic and personal requirements and are physically fit and mentally sound there is usually little reason for us to prevent you from following your ambition and becoming an exchange student.
Generally, students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when they begin their program. However, some countries have different age restrictions and accept students over the age of 18 or under the age of 15. Mature 14-year-olds may apply for limited destinations (contact ASC for further information). Year 12 students may apply for a year 13 (gap year) program and go overseas for either a short-term, semester or year program. It is important that students apply while still at secondary school.
You must be enrolled at a school in Ghana, to apply for a ASC student exchange program. In order to be accepted into the program, you need at least a C grade average at school. If applying for an English speaking country you are required to maintain these grades whilst overseas. However, in non-English speaking countries you are simply expected to display a concerted, conscientious approach to your schoolwork while you master the language. Irrespective of language skills, students are expected to participate in all assessments (exams, tests, etc).
Language experience is desirable, but not necessarily, for most countries. However, at least two years prior language study is mandatory for France, China and German-speaking countries. One year prior language study is required for Austria and Germany. Intensive language courses may, in some circumstances, meet language pre-requisites. ASC strongly recommends language preparation prior to departure as language knowledge is of enormous benefit in assisting you to quickly adapt to your new family, school and life.
Of course, there are English-speaking destinations (Canada, Ireland, UK and USA) available if you are not interested in learning another language.
Positive personal characteristics are important! Students therefore need to be socially mature, flexible, resilient, resourceful, adventurous in spirit, realistic, accepting cultural differences, tolerant and persons of integrity who are ready to face a challenge.
High school student exchange is a challenging program and it is essential for the student to be physically fit and mentally sound in order to successfully complete their program. Same applies to tertiary students.
iii.WHEN CAN I GO?
WHEN CAN YOU GO ON AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM? CHOOSE THE PROGRAM THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
This may be one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make! Or do you already know where you want to go? To help you make the right choice, visit our country pages to learn more about our destinations, speak to an experienced staff member or request a referral from a returned ASC student.
Short-term program (2 – 3 months)*
ASC’s short-term programs are a great way to boost your language skills over the summer holiday period, make friends overseas and experience life as a member of an overseas family. You’ll attend school like a local, live like a local and witness a different culture first hand. Students depart from Ghana or their native country in either August or December and return in late January, in time to commence the next school year.
Semester = four to six months
Academic Year = nine to ten months
Year – eleven to twelve months
Our long-term programs allow you to completely immerse yourself in a new culture and allows you to experience life as an overseas teenager for up to one year! Whether you choose a semester or a year, you will develop stronger ties with your host community, gain an even deeper understanding of that culture and learn to see the world from a new perspective. Students, who choose non-English speaking countries, often return with outstanding conversational skills in a second language. Departures for semester and year programs are twice a year, from January to May and July to September, depending on the country of choice (see table for more info).
Contact us with any questions you may have and to receive a student information pack in the mail. You can also download our program material and get started now!
*Depending on program duration, some short-term programs are classified as cultural experiences.
Program Fees, Cancellations & Refund Form – (Needs to be downloaded)
BENEFITS OF STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Student exchange offers broad based benefits and outcomes for students keen to embark on this international adventure.
Most of these are intertwined and come together to constitute the over-reaching exchange experience.
International learning and knowledge propels students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives.
Language acquisition is achieved through practical immersion.
Awareness and adoption of alternative, multi-faceted approaches to learning.
Analytical and problem solving skills.
Enhanced interest in global issues as well as a broader general knowledge.
Self-development and awareness leading to enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem. This is often the most noticeable change in returned exchange students.
Maturity and social poise, fuelled by the necessity to confront challenges outside a familiar support and comfort zone.
Integration into another family as well as the development of life-long friendships, fostering an appreciation of home and family.
A tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion encourages students to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and strive to attain fresh goals.
Students who go on to tertiary studies find themselves more comfortable in ‘foreign’ environments.
Prospective employers in almost every field look favourably upon experience gained while living overseas and knowledge obtained of another language and culture.
Increased pressure to communicate and relate to others develops an awareness of group dynamics and personal sensitivity towards others.
Successful program completion represents an excellent measure of personal flexibility, encompassing an ability to reach , focus and succeed through challenging times.