While the conditions of this programme are the same as the "Classic Programme", it offers a more Academic background and a larger flexibility:
- It is open to 14-19 years old
- Application deadlines are later in the year
- It allows to specify a school preference (state or private) and a subject or activity to choose from the list (see below)
- It allows to obtain a High School Diploma after integrating the 12th grade
- It allows to obtain the corresponding equivalences on a few subjects according to one's study targets
- It allows to participate in a second High School year (private school only)
Why the United States?
Few countries on earth are as splendidly varied and diverse as the United States of America. The country boasts such a range of different landscapes, cities and experiences that you would be hard-pressed to explore them all, even over the course of an entire lifetime. As an exchange student, you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of its key features: its multicultural diversity, breathtaking scenery, and warm, "can-do" people eager to share their lives and values. The hardest part will be saying goodbye at the end of your stay!
You may be placed in any state in the USA; however, most of our students are placed in the Midwest, America's heartland. Host families usually live in medium-sized towns, making it easier for students to get involved with their local community and experience the American way of life hands-on - the best way to make your study abroad experience a success.
According to your choice, you will attend a local Public or Private High School where you will be placed in the grade appropriate to your age, academic achievement and English ability.
Along with your American peers, you'll take between 5 and 7 classes, of which 3, English, Math and History, are compulsory. Some schools also impose Science. If you decide to take the graduating exam (12th grade students only) you will also have to take other compulsory subjects.
Classes are held in the morning and extra curriculars take place in the afternoon.
In most American high schools, students choose from a wide range of classes and electives: Calculus, Science, Physics, Biology, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, Drama, Potery, Journalism, Speech, Media, Computing...
This is a great way to study subjects previously unknown to you or to acquire a different perspective on topics you formerly studied in your home country. Some classes run for one semester, meaning you'll be able to study a variety of subjects over the course of the academic year.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of the American school system and you will be able to choose from a wide variety of options: Field & Track, Football, Baseball, Tennis, Volleyball, Charity Club, Student Council, Fanfare, Speech Club,Year Book, etc.
Preference: upon application you will be able to indicate 1 preference among the following:
Students who have both age and level to integrate Grade 12 can obtain a High School Diploma providing they mention it on their Student Application.
The American educational system
American students study for a minimum of 12 years (elementary, middle and high school). High School includes the final four years of secondary education:
- 9th Grade (Freshman)
- 10th Grade (Sophomore)
- 11th Grade (Junior)
- 12th Grade (Senior)
Students are required to take English and US History, which are mandatory subjects. They can choose three or four additional electives from the subjects offered at their school depending on their interests.
In the afternoons, extracurricular activities are held. Students can choose to take part in sports or cultural events as well as school clubs and associations.
American Host Families
Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to US American culture and feel part of the local community.
Our partner organization's volunteer host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families are not compensated for hosting international students and take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.
While staying with your host family, you will have a single or shared room depending on your placement. All stays are half board.
Our Local Correspondants
The local correspondent is an experienced staff member who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their American parents throughout the programme. They regularly organize meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local correspondant is on hand to lend assistance in case of any issues and should be your first point of contact on the ground.
Our partner organization's local correspondants are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should issues arise.
Prices & Dates 2019-2020
- Academic year: from mid-August to mid-June (according to schools)
- Semesters: from mid-August to mid-December or mid-January to mid-June (according to schools)
All taxes and registration fees includedBook now
|Public or Private High School, accommodation and meals, transfers included (flights not included)|
|Academic year||14,995 €|
|Public or Private High School, accommodation and meals,transfers and roundtrip flights + taxes included|
|Academic year - Departure from Brussels, Paris or Geneva||16,595 €|
|Semester - Departure from Brussels,Paris or Geneva||12,595 €|
- English test and preliminary interview
- All necessary documents for the visa required for the school year
- High School enrollment for a year or one semester
- Supervision throughout the stay from local correspondent
- Homestay accommodation, half-board
- Personal assistance, constant support and advice from our local correspondent
- Medical insurance
- Assistance for parents in Europe throughout the stay
- Regular contact and evaluation
- Official certificate of participation including transcript of records, depending on destination
- American diploma (in some cases)
- Roundtrip flights from Brussels, Paris or Geneva, if requested (at extra cost from Lyon, Marseille or Amsterdam - please contact us for information on flights departing from other locations)
- Return transfer from the airport to the host family
Prices do not include:
- Visa fees (around €300)
- School material fees (depending on school, bring up to $400)
- Midday meals at school (around $3-5 per day)
- Pocket money - bring about $300-350 per month
To be eligible for this programme, you must:
- Be between 15 and 19 years old at the time of departure
- Demonstrate intermediate English language proficiency (minimum 3 years' of English classes or previous study abroad experience). Students must have passed the Slep test with a minimum score of 45 for August/September departures and 50 for January departures. Students can take this test at our offices in Brussels or Paris.
- Demonstrate a good academic record for the three school years prior to departure
- Demonstrate their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Do you fit the criteria for participation? Think this high school abroad program is for you?
Send us a registration form as soon as possible.
You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and an application form to be completed. We will invite you to pay €90 in order to take a proficiency test and to provide us with your school results for the past 3 years. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.
We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for the full interview. You must come to our office with the first part of the application form filled in.
If the interview is successful, we will ask you to pay a deposit (25% of the total amount, minimum €1,500) and to send us the relevant documents completed. This includes recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking. As soon as we recieve all the documents and the deposit, we will send the application file to our partner.
The final decision belongs to our partner
Once your application is confirmed, our partner will start to look for a host family and a school.
The deadline for handing in completed application forms is:
- June 15 for August departures
- November 25 for January departures
The booking forms must be completed and sent to our office (in Brussels or paris) ** at least 3 weeks** before the deadline. All late applications will incur an additional €200 rush charge.
To make sure your stay goes smoothly and have all the information about the different aspects of the programme, you can attend an information and orientation meeting.
This is organised by Easy Languages Brussels in June. This is an opportunity for Easy Languages students to mingle, share questions and experiences and ask the Easy Languages team any questions they may have. Students from previous years are also invited to share their experiences. The final administrative formalities for your stay will also be undertaken during this meeting.
If you do not live in Belgium, you can meet our team in Paris or Canada. A phone meeting can also be arranged to explain all of the procedures so that your stay goes as smoothly as possible.
Duration of Stay and Visa
Departure is booked for August for stays of one semester to one year. Departures are also booked for January for stays of one semester. Your family or local correspondent will welcome you at the airport and take you back to the airport at the end of your stay.
Once enrolment is confirmed by our partner, we can make your travel arrangements to the USA if you wish. The booked ticket will include the least amount of changes possible. One free of charge change to the ticket may be made, once the return date is confirmed.
If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, we will provide you with the relevant information necessary for your booking.
A student visa is required to take part in this programme (F-1 Exchange Visitor Visa). This visa is valid for the duration of your stay. We will provide you with the necessary documents to obtain the visa and help you with the visa process.
Health Insurance and Assistance
Students are covered by health insurance and assistance policy included in the programme prices, with a toll-free hotline accessible 24/7 in the USA.
For a full coverage, we recommend to subscribe to the insurance we offer as a perfectly adapted option to youth travel and stays abroad Insurance and guarantees
What Students Say
Marianne: "I would really encourage other students to take part in this programme. I really don't know what to say, it was a spectacular experience!"
Malcolm: "There are so many things going on in my new American life! I have just arrived at St Paul, Minnesota. Settling in with my family was easy, my host father is really cool and very friendly!"
Tatiana: "Don't be afraid to take part in this, you will definitely not be disappointed! ;)"
Pauline: "I would say that if future students are still having doubts whether to try this experience or not, they really just have to go for it without hesitating."
Want to find out more about studying in the USA? See more of our students' stories!
It could be you...
Hi, I’m Agnès, an exchange student from Belgium.
I’ve been staying in Tucson, Arizona since the 4th of August with my host family.
Early February we went to Phoenix for an ice Hockey Game. We are Coyotes Fan ! (Phoenix ice hockey team) The next day, we went horseback riding. It was wonderful to see the area where i’m living since 7 months in a completely other way : on the back of a horse, through the paths.
The amazing saguaro cactus, the bright blue sky and the mountains, welcome in Tucson, a spread-out city in the middle of the desert. It’s really different from my home country where rain, clouds and green grass are usual.
The same day, my host family and I went to the “Tucson Gem’ and Mineral Show”. People from all over the world were presenting all kind of stones, pearls, fossils and so on of all sizes, colors, shapes, prices.
The weekend after, my host siblings, Eme and Max, and I left school earlier. We went to Sunrise Ski Resort in the White Mountains (north-east of Tucson). On the way there, we drove through the Salt Lake River Canyon and later on, we got to see female moose on the side of the road. It was hard to believe I was still in Arizona with so much snow. The landscapes were amazing, really different from the French Alps where I usually go skiing. I love skiing so much. We all had a great time.
Last weekend, we had 4 days off of school. It was “Rodeo break”, a holiday special to the state of Arizona. Professional rodeo competitions were taking place dowtown Tucson. Sunday, I went with my hostmother to see the finals. it was pretty intense. The atmosphere was really “western” : cowboys, horses, boots and so on.
What a busy and wonderful February we had, my host family and I.
I thank them for all the different activities we do, for the great things we see, for all those great times we spend together. And also “Merci” for making me part of their family.