At InterStudies we have been offering high-quality educational programmes in the UK since 2002 and in Ireland since 2005. But our mutual passion for cultural exchange goes way beyond, and our experience with international students is much more.
Having worked with cultural exchange programmes from au pairs in London in the 80’s to worldwide High School exchange programmes in the 90’s, InterStudies’ founding director has vast experience with cultural exchange and international students. Add to this an international team of dedicated people, who live or have lived abroad, who have played all the parts from student to host to local support coordinator, who all have a keen interest in cultural exchange – and you have an outstanding organisation.
Inspiring to make a difference is key for us at many levels, from inspiring families to make a difference for a student by hosting to inspiring our students to make the most of their programmes. It is rewarding for us to see an amazing difference in our students from they first arrive till they leave us at the end of their programme, having grown and matured, formed intercultural relations and they themselves have made a difference to the rest of their lives as well as to other people.
Our local support coordinators throughout the UK and Ireland work closely with our international management team to provide young people from all over the world the opportunity to experience cultural exchange in a safe and caring environment.
The youth of today are our common future. We strive to help the young people who take part in our programmes to make the most of the unique educational opportunity that is cultural exchange, and to give our students the best possible foundation for their future position in life. Cultural understanding is becoming increasingly valuable in todays’ interconnected world, and there is no better way to learn a culture and language than by “living it”.
Thank you for taking an interest in our work. We look forward to welcoming you into the InterStudies world of high quality educational programmes for international students.
Anette Slot Larsen, Founding Director, is passionate about providing excellent opportunities for students to explore the world. InterStudies is founded on care, compassion and cultural exchange teamed with a desire to deliver high quality programmes.
Integrity: Reliability, responsibility and fairness.
Compassion: Listening, learning, understanding and caring.
Trust: Carefully considering decisions, taking responsibility and standing by them.
Timeliness: Consideration and action. Caring for today, while actively preparing for tomorrow. We value the time, dedication, skills, and expert opinions of our staff and of our network of local representatives. As a workplace we strive to create the right environment for the right people.
InterStudies provides a range of educational programmes, founded on the values of cultural exchange, acceptance and mutual respect. We offer a variety of quality programmes, giving our students the opportunity to experience enjoyable learning, academic achievement and personal development in a caring, safe and homely environment.
At InterStudies we wish to continue our growth in a responsible manner, consistently maintaining a high level of quality, reliability and trustworthiness. In order to achieve this, we will continue to expand our dedicated network of local coordinators with equally dedicated and caring people, and we will continue to select partners, who share our values and wish to build a relationship of mutual trust and dedication.
At InterStudies we take student support very seriously. Going on exchange is a big step. It is important to us that our students can always come to us for help and support, just as we know that their parents at home must be able to relax in the knowledge that their son or daughter is supported throughout their high school experience.
Each student is allocated a Local Support Coordinator (LSC) who is there to help and guide them throughout the programme and who can provide everyday assistance and advice. Throughout the programme, the LSC will keep in regular contact with their students. The LSC is there to advise, to solve any problems, and to make sure that students get the most out of their time in the UK.
“I would like to give feedback about my local coordinator, Anita. She has been absolutely amazing to all of us students. She have been making sure that our stay here has been without any problems and that we have been okay throughout the whole year… Her passion and love for her job really shines through.”
Student welfare is our highest priority at InterStudies. We have implemented a Child Protection Policy setting guidelines which all our staff must follow to ensure that our students are protected from harm.
“I really love seeing a shy student arrive and helping them go on a journey and eventually come out of their shell. It’s great seeing them blossom and gain confidence.”
“You have to have a passion for this role to make it successful, I think, and you have to really care about the students. I really enjoy it, and I’ll always go the extra mile.”
“The students change so much over over ten months. I like watching them go from being quiet and unsure, to having a great Scottish accent by the time they leave!”
I often think of hosting as having a kite. It’s all bright and colourful, the excitement of what it will be like is there, and it is only when you take it in your hands and help it fly, that you see the true joy so many families receive from hosting.
The students that we accommodate through InterStudies have been respected, resilient and autonomous. They have also been polite, respectful of the college’s rules and ethos and have added a different dimension to our sixth form, thus making them a pleasure to have.
Approach hosting with an open mind, and be aware that you are essentially welcoming other people’s teenagers in to your life. If you have an open mind and a relaxed approach, and you’re willing to learn from them and about them, you won’t go far wrong!”
My host family have been brilliant – they are very cool! We do a lot together, such as salsa dancing, and we even went to a 1970s themed party together.
The group of students we had this year became fully involved in the life of the school and it felt like they had been with us for a long time. I got to know them well and they all seem to have had a fantastic experience.
It’s great to meet these young people and see how they grow. It’s really interesting as well to learn about their culture – the things that are different here from what they’re used to.”
I really love school. The Irish school system is very different from the German school system back home, I also had to get used to wearing a school uniform. But I love school, especially English Literature. I want to study English, and I’m so happy and delighted that I came here.
We look forward to welcoming some international students via our partnership… with InterStudies Ireland. These new students will be especially welcome this year for their immersive trips to Ireland and our local communities.
Join our InterStudies community! Students who wish to participate in our programmes apply through international partners. We choose our partners carefully, and place a great emphasis on working with partners who share our values and approach to high-quality educational programmes.
Join our InterStudies community! By becoming a Local Support Coordinator, you will play a key role in the experience of an international student and the host family who they stay with. You will help to foster intercultural understanding and build bridges between people, cultures and countries – making a real difference to so many lives. And you will be a vital figure in the life of InterStudies students, offering care and support.
Join our InterStudies community! Hosting an international student will enrich your life in so many ways. You will be a key part of the experience for a student who has come to live and study in the UK. Our students come from all over the world to learn about the culture and the language in the UK. They live with a host family, go to school, and integrate into the local community.
Ready to apply? We are here to help you! Get in touch to start your InterStudies experience in the UK or Ireland!