Become an Exchange Student

Frequently Asked Questions

请阅读以下有关成为交换学生的常见问题的答案. 如有任何问题没有在我们的常见问题解答下面,请 contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

For U.S. Students wishing to go abroad

Do I need to be fluent in a foreign language?
不完全是,这取决于你的交换目的地是哪个国家. As an exchange student, one of your main goals will definitely be to improve your skills in the host country’s language to the best of your abilities. Your host family and school do not expect you to be fluent when you arrive. 然而,交换到美国的学生有最低的语言能力要求. Students exchanging to other countries via NWSE need to have at least one year of high school foreign language study of the language of the exchange destination - OR - have taken at least one summer (approx. 3 months) of intensive foreign language courses to bring them to a minimum level of proficiency.
我可以在到达寄宿学校之前选择我的课程吗?
In most cases, exchange students are assigned to classes based on the academic requirements and class availability at the host school. 你可能无法选择/接收你想要的所有课程. 同时我们也很乐意将您的偏好告知主办学校, 我们不能保证你会被安排在所有你想要的课程中. Generally, 交换学生只有在到达接收学校后才能注册他们的课程. Check with your NWSE coordinator and/or your host family for the specific class registration procedures at your host school.
Will I get credit for my school work abroad?
There is no guarantee that you will be able to take the classes abroad that your home school may recognize for "credit". Whether and how you may receive credit for any of your school work abroad is something that you will need to determine together with NWSE and your own school before long before departing on your exchange. It is in the end your sole responsibility to find out and comply with any requirements that your school may have for transferring/receiving academic credit from abroad.
Will I have an orientation?
Yes. As an NWSE exchange student, you will participate in a pre-departure orientation in your home country as well as a post-arrival orientation in your host country. These orientations are designed to help you make the most of your program and have a safe and successful exchange experience.
Who will help me if I have problems?
As an NWSE exchange student, you will have an in-country area coordinator who is there to assist you in the event of problems. You can also always contact your program coordinator at the NWSE office or call the 24-hour NWSE phone line if you need help. We are committed to supporting all of our students to help them have a safe and happy exchange experience.
How much money should I bring on my exchange?
你在国外期间,一切个人费用自理. As spending habits and local prices vary greatly, 很难确切地说你需要带多少钱. NWSE generally recommends that students have available at a minimum $200 per month plus $250 per semester for personal expenses, although more funds may be required (e.g. if you regularly use public transportation). Please also check our Exchange Countries page 有关项目费用和其他费用的信息. If you have further questions, please contact us.
Do I need to have a passport and visa?
你需要一本有效的护照来申请签证或居留许可以及出国旅行. You can learn about how to apply for a U.S. passport here. NWSE will provide you with detailed information on how to apply for your visa or residency permit. However, it is your responsibility to take all the required steps to obtain the visa or residency permit and pay for all the associated expenses. 请注意,有些国家要求你前往他们在美国的一个领事馆.S. for the visa application.
Can I choose where I get placed?
因为我们的首要任务是为我们的学生找到合适和积极的寄宿家庭, 我们不保证在东道国的特定城市或地区的安置. Experience shows that the success of the exchange is unrelated to the geographic location of the placement and depends largely on the relationship the student is able to build with their host family, peers, and others in their host community. 如果你已经认识一个家庭愿意让你住在我们的 Exchange Countries, we may be able to consider placing you with them. Please contact us for more information.
Will I have a host sibling of my age?
Host family composition varies greatly. 而有些家庭的孩子上高中, others may have younger children, older children who no longer live at home, or no children. As an exchange student, you are expected to be sufficiently motivated, open-minded, and adaptable to build a positive relationship with your host family regardless of whether they have children of your age.
Do I have to have very good grades at school?
While applicants for the NWSE program are usually expected to have an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.NWSE在决定是否接受学生时考虑了一系列因素. 如果学生能在其他领域证明适当的资格, NWSE may accept a student with a GPA below 3.0.
Do you accept graduated students?
Students who graduate from high school within a few months of the desired program start are welcome to apply for NWSE outbound programs to any country except England, Japan, Norway, or Sweden. Graduated students are subject to the same academic expectations on the program as other students.
Can I travel during the program?
As an exchange student, your priority is to learn about your host country’s culture by participating actively in the day-to-day life of your host family, school, and community. If you wish to travel during the program, 你必须提前申请NWSE的许可. 项目期间的一些旅行通常是被禁止的.g. 回原籍国旅行(某些情况除外).
When will I find out about my host family?
在NWSE收到您的申请并对您进行面试后, 可能需要几周到几个月的时间才能确定你的位置. Recruiting and screening a host family and securing a student’s school admission are complex and time-consuming processes. NWSE will inform you of your placement in time for you to make all the remaining necessary preparations for your travel and program start.
Can my family also host an exchange student?
Hosting an exchange student is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to share in the exchange experience. Please visit our Host Family page for more information. If your family hosts an NWSE exchange student, you may be able to take part in an outbound Reciprocal Exchange with substantially lower program fees. Please contact us 有关此程序选项可用性的详细信息.

 

For students wishing to go to the USA

Please visit our German or Japanese pages or request more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

我可以参加寄宿学校的运动队吗?
Neither NWSE nor any other exchange organization may guarantee or promise participation on a sports team at any host school. 每个主办学校或学区都有自己的参与要求和程序. That being said, almost all students desiring to try out for a sports team are allowed to do so.
How long will my exchange program last?
学期和互惠交流通常持续5-6个月. 学年交换持续约10个月. J-1交换生的最长期限为一学年. F-1交换可能允许更长的交换. 有关F-1交换的更多信息,请直接与NWSE联系.
Can I graduate from my high school abroad?
Neither NWSE nor any other exchange organization may guarantee or promise graduation from any host school for J-1 exchange programs. 每个主办学校或学区都有自己的毕业要求和程序, 或者可能有其他潜在的方式来承认你上过他们的学校.
How can I apply?
It's easy! 如果您已经想发送完整的申请给我们,只需 register online. 完整填写报名表,并按照说明提交. 如果您有任何问题,请务必通过电子邮件或电话与我们联系. We look forward to hearing from you!
Can I choose what city or state I live in?
NWSE通常不保证您在特定城市或州的安置, 除非你是在“直接交易”或“直接配售”. For all other placements, we send your application information to our Academic Coordinator network and match you with a family or exchange partner who we feel would be the best match for you. For "Direct Placements" - If you can suggest a host family and host school in the specific area in which you wish to study that meet all NWSE qualifications for acceptance, then we may consider your request as a "Direct/Private Placement". 在这种情况下,您将享受我们项目费用的大幅减免.