FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the Two Worlds United Student Exchange
Successful applicants will be:
High School students or equivalent.
Age between 15 to 18 years of age.
Two years of high school level
or equivalent of Foreign language.
Good academic level (overall GPA
of at least a C)
Maturity to adapt to new environments.
Successful score in a personal
How long are the programs?
the Academic Year Program, the program length is 9 to 11 months depending
upon the destination country.
For the Semester Program, the program is between 4 to
6 months depending upon the destination country and depending upon the Semester
that is attended, i.e. Fall or Winter Semester.
The Summer Homestay Programs range from two to eight
weeks during the summer months. Students may choose the length of
Summer Homestay that best fits their schedule and needs.
Short-Term Language Programs range from 2 weeks to 3
- I don’t have
much foreign language experience. How can I go to school in another country?
You are not required
to know the language of your host country, although it is certainly helpful.
Many Two Worlds United students are like you, starting off with little or no host country
language experience. But soon they are able to communicate at a basic level,
and a lot of Two Worlds United students are fluent after a year. There is no better way
to learn a language than by speaking it 24/7!
How do I apply?
you meet the requirements for the program in
which you would like to participate, you need to complete the
Online Preapplication Form.
Once your completed Enrollment Form is
received, you will be sent a full application and more information about
the program of your choice. The completed application must be received
in the Admissions Department by the deadline date. Once your application
is reviewed by the Two Worlds United Organization and you are found to meet all program
requirements, arrangements will be made for an interview with an
Area Representative in your area.
Application Deadlines 3
Keep in mind each program has a different application
deadline. The deadline applies to the receipt of the full application
and not the Enrollment Form. The Enrollment Form needs to be completed
and received by the Main Office at least two weeks prior to the application
deadline. The application deadline for the Academic Year and Semester program
is 30th of May for the Summer Programs is 15th of May.
After this dates applicants who wish to participate in the program should
include a late fee of $450 (the late fee will be fully reimbursed if the
student is unable to be placed in the time remaining.)
IF YOU HAVE MISSED
THE DEADLINE please contact the Two Worlds United Admissions Office. The program
you are interested in may still have availability even though the deadline
How much does it cost?
There is a $650
enrollment fee for each student. The full price of the program varies depending
on your destination country and length of program you choose. Please refer
to the Info Request Form to receive more
info about our programs abroad and the specific program fees. And an area
representative will contact you with the necessary information.
Is the $650 enrollment fee refundable?
If you are not accepted
into the Study Abroad program, or withdraw before acceptance, your $650
enrollment fee will be refunded minus a $75 application processing fee.
Once you are accepted into the Student Exchange program, your $650 enrollment
fee becomes non-refundable.
my final payment due? Can I pay in installments?
Students are able
to pay the program fee in several payments, please keep in mind the following
» One half
of the program fees is due upon acceptance
The second half of the program fees is due upon placement,
Full payment is due upon 60 days before departure
What is included in the program cost?
Besides excellent support during the application process and throughout
your study abroad experience, you can also look forward to the following:
Placement in a carefully selected host family.
Enrollment in a Public High School in
the destination country.
In-country transportation to host community.
Local Coordinator in the area of your
24-hour worldwide emergency assistance throughout the program.
Periodic progress reports.
Student Handbook and other materials.
Translation of all School Transcripts.
Transcript and School-Credits counseling.
-Does Two Worlds United offer scholarships or other financial assistance?
Yes, Two Worlds United offers
both full and partial scholarships for high school students to study abroad.
In addition, full and partial scholarships are awarded based on merit and
financial need to a variety of destinations. Please consult with our Admissions
office to find out more about the Two Worlds United scholarship programs available to
What happens after I get accepted?
Two Worlds United
assists you with the international travel arrangements
to your host country destination; we will provide you with a pre-departure
orientation; and familiarize you and your parents with the program the goals
of the program, its regulations, the administrative procedures, and the
adjustment issues that may arise overseas. For the academic year and semester
programs, Two Worlds United also assists the student in creating realistic expectations
and preparing for culture shock.
In the host
country, prior to your arrival, the Two Worlds United overseas program will locate, screen,
select and prepare the host family to receive you. For our academic programs,
Two Worlds United also ensures that each student is properly enrolled in a local public
high school. After your arrival, Two Worlds United provides local supervision, care and
assistance to the student and his/her host family throughout the term of
the exchange program.
Will I be able to receive credits for the classes that I take overseas?
Each high school
has their own policies and requirements on transfer credits. Your transfer
credits will be based upon your high school's specific policies and, therefore,
Two Worlds United cannot guarantee that you will receive credit for coursework completed
abroad. We recommend that you plan ahead and take any specific courses that
you need to meet graduation requirements, before or after you go abroad.
You should discuss these matters with a guidance counselor as soon as you
decide to study abroad and get written documentation of what is required
by your school. Your counselor can also consult Two Worlds United's high school page on
our website for more information on coursework abroad and transferring credits.
What kind of support will I receive while I am abroad?
Each exchange student has an assigned local representative
to supervise, monitor and provide support throughout the entire exchange
program. The local representative provides assistance to the student,
host family, and school. This representative is available if the student
has any questions or problems that require extra assistance. In addition,
24-hour Emergency Assistance is available in each of Two Worlds United's destination countries
to ensure that students can reach Two Worlds United Staff abroad 24 hours a day in the
event of an emergency.
Who are the local representatives?
The Local Representatives work as a part of the Two Worlds United Exchange
Program. Many have been involved with exchange students for more than
15 years. They are motivated by the opportunity to work
with young people from other nations, and they have a true cultural and
educational interest. Local Representatives participate in on-going training
and attend training conferences periodically throughout the year.
How are host families selected?
families are carefully chosen by Two Worlds United
Representation Abroad based upon their desire to host a visiting student
and their ability to provide a safe, comfortable home and a positive cultural
experience for their new family member. Host families decide to host
for many reasons: to make friends with a young person from abroad, to encourage
the exchange of ideas, to share their culture and to learn about yours.
They will offer guidance, help you adjust throughout your stay and help
you understand life in their country. They will be eager to answer
your questions and above all, they will want to welcome you as a member
of their family.
-I know a family
in my program country that would like to host me. Is this possible?
In some instances,
it is possible to arrange a direct placement. However, even if the family
is familiar to the student, they must undergo the same application and screening
process as other potential host families. Therefore, there is no guarantee
that the placement can be arranged by the organization. Students cannot
be placed with family members in their host country.
-What if I don't get along with my host family?
An exchange student
must be adaptable and make a serious effort to adjust to living with the
host family. Please keep in mind that it is the student's responsibility
to adapt to the family's lifestyle and rules, even if they are different
from what they are accustomed to in their American home. Your local representative
will assist you with this adjustment process. Two Worlds United and its partner organizations
try first to resolve all problems through discussion and mediation. However,
if it is absolutely necessary, we will make the necessary arrangements to
move the student to a more suitable host family.
-Can I choose where I am placed?
Students must be
prepared to accept any placement that is found for them. Our primary goal
is to find a good host family match for each student. Therefore, it is not
possible to guarantee any specific location.
-Where are students generally placed in different countries?
Students are generally
not placed in large or capital cities, however, this varies depending on
the country. Please check the country specific information for more details.
It is the teaching method different that in my country?
teaching method in our destination countries may
be very different from those in your home country. This is a part
of the experience of being an exchange student. In each country the
educational system has its own characteristics. Often students meet
together in small groups to study together, getting in on one of these study
groups is quite easy and will be very helpful in making the transition into
a new school system.
Do I have more
help in the event that I am having problems understanding?
In addition to the help provided by the teachers in the
school, the student will have a lot of support from all the members of the
host family who will help her/him to progress with their language skills
through every day coexistence. The family will treat the student
as another member of the family and the student will be immersed in a new
way of life where he/she will explore all the values and beliefs of his/her
representatives are also available to provide assistance to students.
Local representatives can help students to find tutors or to find local
language programs that are helpful in speeding up the process of learning
and speaking the language.
Do I have
someone to help me if I have questions that are not school related?
Two Worlds United provides each student with a Local Representative
within the community where she/he lives. The Local Representatives
are responsible for screening and selecting the right family and high school
for each student. Local Representatives keep direct contact with the student,
the family and the High School for the complete period of the program.
They are at the disposition of the student in the event of any difficulty
or questions that may arise. They are the center of support
for the student throughout the study abroad program.