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United Kingdom

High School Abroad in the United Kingdom

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40 weeks

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24 weeks

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16 weeks

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23 weeks

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$17,500

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13 weeks

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$15,500

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20 weeks

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12 weeks

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Program Overview
Live and study in this small island full of big possibilities! 

Calling all football (soccer) fans, wannabe pop stars, and fish & chips lovers: you can now immerse yourself in a British high school! Settle in on the other side of the pond with a placement in a public or private high school in our network. Your adventure starts with an orientation, where you'll prepare for your time in the UK and experience fun, local activities with your peers. Then, head on to your placement, whether it's a beach town in Southern England on in big cities like Cambridge or Liverpool in Northern England. Enjoy the everyday life of a British teen—eat lunch with your friends at the school canteen, get ready for your school's football tryouts, or participate in a school club. On weekends, spend time with your new friends or your homestay family, sharing meals on cozy evenings, going on nature walks, or taking trips to the local city center, shops, sights, and festivals.

The Take-Aways

Independence & Resilience

Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

College Readiness

Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

Global Citizenship

After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

93%

said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

79%

said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

96%

said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.

The Destination
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  • Union Jack decorations above street in London, England
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The Destination

William Shakespeare. Charles Darwin. Margaret Thatcher. Jolly old England has been home to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, creators, and doers. Come see what inspired them, and find your own inspiration.

Discover a land where an idyllic landscape of rolling green hills and solitary moors abuts metropolitan cities. You’ll also see how easy it is to travel through time here, investigating the ancient megaliths of a 5,000-year-old stone circle, visiting medieval Dover Castle perched on white cliffs above the English Channel, and zooming in on modern architecture in industrial Manchester. Don’t forget to experience quaint, traditional events, like cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, which you’ll find amidst a rich arts scene that includes some of the best theater, music, and fashion Europe has to offer.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in England.

Daily Life

Daily Life

"After dinner we always sit around, have tea and toast, and talk together about the day...The days fly by here!" 

Read our blogs to learn more about daily life while attending a high school abroad.

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Housing

Carefully-screened homestay or boarding school

Local Support

Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

Activities
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Sample Activities

Your immediate surroundings will depend on your placement. You could be living the quiet provincial life in Southern England with easy access to beaches and nature, or experience bustling cities like Liverpool or Manchester. Wherever you land, England is a fairly small island that's very well connected by public transportation. So whether you tag along with some friends for an afternoon in the city center, join other participants placed near you for an group activity or excursion, or go out of town with your homestay for the weekend, you will get to travel and experience multiple facets of England.

Rich with history and strong with regional identities, each corner of England has its gems for you to discover!

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17 when the program starts and cannot turn 18 while on program.
  • Please note: In the UK, participants who are 15 years old must be placed at boarding schools. Participants who are 16 and 17 years old have more options for placement.
  • Be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture.

High school abroad participants are NOT authorized to volunteer, take jobs, or seek employment during their stay.

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

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Program Academic Year 2024 40 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Fall 2024 24 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Fall Trimester 2024 16 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring 2024 23 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $17,500
Program Spring Trimester 2024 13 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $15,500
Program Spring 2025 20 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring Trimester 2025 12 weeks Start Date End Date

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