This is what our students say:
They are such a big part of my life now!
At InterStudies we offer a wide range of programmes which allow our students to experience the very best of the United Kingdom, from short immersion programmes to full academic programmes. Our students experience British culture first hand! They’ll learn, explore and have fun, and when they go home they will have grown. They will understand a different culture, speak fluent English, and have gained experience and knowledge that will stay with them for the rest of their life.
Led by our Support Manager Katie, we have a unique three-tier system to make sure that we can provide the right level of support for each and every one of our students. 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. Students can also contact our Student Ambassador who is there to help when they might want to speak with someone who is not so close to home. Our Head Office support team is also there to assist and all students and host families have access to our 24-hour emergency service if urgent assistance is required outside office hours.
We also have an InterStudies app, which is available to all students. This provides support, information, news and details of trips in one easy-to-use tool, and it’s a great way to get in touch quickly and easy.
On our High School programme in the UK, students will stay with an InterStudies host family and attend school alongside local students. Once they arrive at their host family and start attending school, they will need to study, attend classes and do their homework! In return, they will have an exceptional opportunity to experience everyday life in a British school, and make friends with local students as well as other exchange students from around the world.
Students can choose to study on our classic High School programme, or if they have a specific request, take a look at our College Select and Regional Choice programmes.
Our College Select programmes are tailor-made to meet the needs of each student. Our dedicated and experienced team of educational advisors have selected the best institutions and the highest quality educational programmes. They are here to advise which options are best for each student. We aim to ensure that every student gets the most they can out of their time in the UK.
Students on our College Select programme decide which college they want to attend, for how long, and what they want to study. Students can undertake A-levels, an International Baccalaureate or vocational qualifications in the UK. Courses can last from 4 weeks to 2 years, and can qualify students for university entry in the UK and around the world.
Our Academic Immersion programmes are designed to give students an opportunity to immerse themselves into the local culture with a taste of life as a high school student in the UK. Students live with a host family, taking part in family life and joining in family activities.
During the week, students will attend a local school, mixing with local students, making friends and experiencing school life. Outside school, they are given the option of joining activities and local trips with other international students. An academic immersion programme is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of studying abroad while experiencing a foreign culture and perfecting their language skills.
Staying with a local family for a period of time provides the opportunity for students to not only improve their English by talking to their host family and other people they meet, but also to immerse themselves in the British culture and way of life. They can choose their programme length between one and eight weeks, and our start dates are flexible to suit the student.
The UK is home to over 66 million people and is made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whatever a student’s ambitions and interests, they’ll find that the UK has something to offer. From London, the bustling capital city with its iconic landmarks, to the mountains and lochs of the Scottish Highlands, there are lots of exciting opportunities waiting for our students wherever they are based.
Over the years, the UK’s culture and language have been influenced by immigration from many different countries. The UK’s towns and cities are multicultural, vibrant and diverse places, influenced by cultures and traditions from all around the world.
Studying at a high school in the UK with InterStudies is an amazing opportunity to learn and study while experiencing the British culture first hand! The school day starts at around 9am in most schools, and finishes around 4pm. Students will be able to walk, cycle or take public transport to school. They will have lunch in the school canteen (most students take a packed lunch from their host family) and many schools offer sports or other activities at lunchtime and after school. They’ll be expected to wear uniform, so will quickly blend in with local students.
In England and Wales, our students will study with local students who are working towards their GCSEs if they are 14 or 15 years old. They’ll study between eight and ten subjects, some of which they will be able to choose themselves. If they are aged 16-18, they’ll study with students working towards their A-levels. Here, students will usually study three subjects, which they can choose. Students in Scotland study for their National 5s at the age of 15-16, before moving on to study for Highers and Advanced Highers.
“School life here is completely different from what I am used to, and at the beginning it was a challenge to be studying in a different language. But I made friends and socialised which really helped. My favourite subjects are History and French. This exchange also gave me the opportunity to consider my future options, like going to university.”
Angelica, Italian student in England
Our host families in the UK are looking forward to welcoming students! Students will take part in everyday life with their host family and have a great opportunity to fully immerse into the English language and experience the British way of life. A family may host other students at the same time, which will offer students a great opportunity to make international friends while making the most of their insight into the local culture.
When students arrive, we will make sure that they are met at the airport and taken to their host family. The host family will ensure that they settle in well. They will be shown their room, which may be shared. The host family may also host other students, in which case they will meet others in the same situation and have the opportunity to make international friends right from the start of the programme.
Our specially chosen host families are warm, welcoming and friendly. Students will be treated as a member of the family, welcomed into the home and involved in all aspects of family life.
There’s no typical host family – just like there is no typical family, and no typical student. Each and every host family undergoes a through application process and is interviewed by an InterStudies Local Support Coordinator before being accepted as an InterStudies host family. Many of our families have hosted with us for years; we know which student will fit with which family and we place a lot of importance on making a good match.
“I love hosting. I always have dinner together with my students; we talk about how their days were, and if they have any problems, then we work together to solve them.”
Anita, host family in England
“We like to share our family. Family isn’t just blood – it’s who you choose to be. This experience enriches our lives and enriches the students’ lives.”
Julie, host family in England
“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.”
Angelica, student in England
If students choose to live in student halls, they will develop their independence as they live and study alongside local and fellow international students. Students in halls are supervised and have access to staff 24/7 in case they need assistance. Students will stay in catered or non-catered accommodation and form strong and long-lasting relationships with their housemates.
Our support team works closely with students, college staff and host families to ensure that each student feels happy, welcome and supported for the duration of their stay. Each student has a Local Support Coordinator who is in touch with them regularly.
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… 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.”
Cecilie, student in England
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
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.
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.
At InterStudies, we work with partners all over the world – so whether you wish to study in the UK or Ireland or in an entirely different country, we are here to help you.
Interested in studying in the Uk or Ireland and want to learn more about your options? Send us an enquiry here. We’ll get back to you with more information about the best option for you!