TWO WORLDS UNITED FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the Two Worlds United Student Exchange requirements?
Successful applicants will be:
» High School students
» Age between 15 to 18
years of age.
» Good academic level (overall
GPA of at least a C)
» Maturity to adapt to
Be in good health to travel (certain prescription medications
may prohibit participation in an exchange)
Adequate Financial resources to pay program tuition (program
fees are listed
How do I apply?
If you meet the requirements for the
program in which you would like to participate, you need to complete
Once your completed Enrollment
Form is received, you will be sent a full application and more information
about the program of your choice.
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
How much does it cost?
Please refer to the Program Tuition Page which is on this site,
Tuition Fee List to determine the full price of the program
you are attending. Each program has a different
cost, the full price of the program varies depending on your
destination country and length of program you choose.
When is 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 guidelines:
- Confirmation Deposit Due with Application. This
payment is a deposit applied to the Program cost. If you
are not accepted into the Study Abroad Program, your
$950 Confirmation Deposit will be returned. If you are
accepted into the Study Abroad Program, your $950
Confirmation Deposit becomes non-refundable at the time
of acceptance by Two Worlds United (TWU). A Student will not be placed on
the Program without this deposit.
Payment Due within 15 days of TWU Acceptance
of Remaining Balance is Due on the following dates:
April 15 (Summer, Fall Semester, Academic Year
October 15 (Spring Semester except Japan)
December 15 (Spring Semester Japan)
May 10 (Summer)
June 1 (Fall Semester, Academic Year)
November 10 (Spring Semester except Japan)
January 15 (Spring Semester Japan)
What is included in the program
Besides 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 High School in the destination country.
In-country transportation to host community.
Local Coordinator in the
area of your placement.
24-hour worldwide emergency assistance throughout
Student Handbook and other information.
-Does Two Worlds United offer scholarships
or other financial assistance?
Yes, Two Worlds United offers partial scholarships from $250 up
to $1800. Qualified students
may apply based on criteria which may include: academic
grade point average, financial need, number and level of courses
attempted in high school, rank in class, and information
included on the International Awareness Scholarship application.
Each scholarship is based upon meeting the individual
scholarship requirements and the application competition.
Please consult with our Admissions office to find out more about
the Two Worlds United scholarship programs available to you.
Is the $950 program deposit refundable?
If you are not accepted into the Study Abroad program, or withdraw
before acceptance, your $950 program deposit will be refunded minus
a $95 application processing fee. Once you are accepted into the
Student Exchange program, your $950 program deposit becomes non-refundable.
What happens after I get accepted?
After you are accepted to the program, TWU sends your
application abroad and begins the process of selecting a host
family, and arranging your study abroad program.
In the host country, prior to your arrival, the
TWU overseas program will locate, screen, select and prepare the
host family to receive you. For our academic programs, TWU also
ensures that each student is enrolled in a local high school.
If you are applying to a semester or year program, your student
file is submitted to our partner schools and you will be
selected by a host school. After your placement
arrangements in the foreign country are finalized our staff will
assist 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. TWU also
assists the student in program preparation and in creating realistic expectations and preparing
for culture shock.
After your arrival, TWU provides local supervision,
care and assistance to the student and his/her host family throughout
the term of the exchange program.
How long are the programs?
For 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
Short-Term Language Programs range from 2 weeks
to 3 months.
- I don’t have much foreign language
experience. How can I go to school in another country?
Depending on the destination country and program you have chosen
you may or may not be required to have previous study of the language of your host country.
Please see the information below for information on the programs
and destinations which require previous language study.
If you have chosen a host country and program without a
pre-requisite for foreign language study then don't worry 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!
Summer Programs - All destinations
Good news! If you have selected a
summer program there is no requirement for prior language
study. TWU Summer programs are open to beginners
regardless of the destination country.
Semester & Year Programs
France - 2 years of prior French study is
Spain - 1 year of prior Spanish study is
Japan - 2 years of prior Japanese study
is mandatory -(sorry, no exceptions)
England - no prior language study
Ireland - no prior language study
Australia - no prior language study
New Zealand - no prior language study
Italy - no prior language study required
Norway - no prior language study required
Argentina - 1 year of prior Spanish study
Mexico - 1 year of prior Spanish study is
Ecuador - 1 year of prior Spanish study
Costa Rica - 1 year of prior Spanish
study is preferred
Puerto Rico - 1 year of prior Spanish
study is preferred
Brazil - 1 year of prior Portuguese study
China - 1 year of prior Mandarin study is
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?
Host 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 are
screened in a multi-step process to evaluate their background
and suitability to provide accommodation to an exchange student.
-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 own 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?
Some TWU Programs allow students to select a destination city.
Most TWU Summer Programs allow students to choose from a variety
of destination cities even metropolis cities. These
programs are the best choice for students who have a specific
destination city in mind. Academic Trimester, Semester and
Year programs in Australia with TWU offer choices of Sydney,
Melbourne and other popular destination cities for students to
choose from. Trimester, Semester and Year Programs in
other destinations are widespread and students must be prepared to accept any placement that is
selected for them. In these long-term programs, our primary goal is to find a good host family match for
each student. Therefore, it is not possible to guarantee any specific
location for students enrolling in these Trimester, Semester and
Academic Year Programs.
-Where are students generally placed
in different countries?
Students are placed in large and medium size communities or capital
cities, however, this varies depending on the country. Please check
the specific country for more details.
Is the teaching method different
that in my country?
The 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 the
local representatives who are 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
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.