High School Academic

The Academic High School Experience

Live with a host family and study your selected subjects at the local school, just like a British student. Immerse yourself into British life and culture while boosting your education!

Take your education to a higher level while experiencing a new and exciting culture. Make an amazing investment in your future!




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StudyChoice. Taking your education to a higher level.


A different country, a different culture, a different way of life. An experience you will never forget!


Learning in a new and different environment will boost your education and give you a different perspective.


Living in a different culture is a direct route to making you a stronger and more independent person!

Our High School Academic programme lets you immerse yourself into the British way of life, complete with a local school experience, while you study the subjects you have selected. You will experience everyday life in the UK while you perfect your English language and take your education to a higher level.

Studying alongside local students you will have the opportunity to make local friends and well as international. You can choose your subjects from our extensive selection and to fully immerse you can also join school clubs, groups and activities.

Outside school you will enjoy life with your welcoming host family, and you will have the opportunity to get involved in the local community.

Studying in another country is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give yourself. This programme gives you the option of tailor making your educational booster, and it is also an excellent fast track to evolving yourself as a person - becoming mature and independent. Select the subjects you need for your future career or wish to go into depth with, and our programme will give you a great foundation for your future, both professionally and personally.

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Follow your dream

"I really enjoy the subjects and I am getting very interested in them. I love the way the classmates, teachers and other people from the staff welcomed me. "

Luigi from Italy

"My school is very good and teachers are always there to help you. It's clear that all my teachers are really passionate about the subject they teach."

Sara from Italy

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School life

When you apply, we will ask you to tell us about your interests and ambitions, so we can find the best possible school to match you as well as your interests and ambitions.

The British school system is divided into primary and secondary education. At school, you will be studying for A levels (in England) or Highers (in Scotland). Students typically study 3-4 subjects of their choice and go in to a lot of detail in each subject area. You will experience a combination of class work, group projects and independent study.

The school year starts early September in England and in August in Scotland.
Your school day will most likely start at 8am and end mid to late afternoon. Lessons normally last 40-50 minutes and there are usually two intervals, a short break mid morning and about 30 minutes for lunch. Schools have canteens, and students will either bring their lunch from home or buy a meal at the school canteen.

Many schools have after school activities, and some of the schools we work with offers state of the art facilities for sports, clubs, drama and music. Make sure that you let is know what you would like, so we can find the best possible option for you.

The United Kingdom

Also often referred to as Great Britain or The British Isles, The United Kingdom is formed of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other islands such as Jersey.

UK today is a modern, versatile and inclusive country, but at the same time also very charming, original and traditional. Foodwise perhaps best known for Fish & Chips, the UK also makes a mean Chicken Tikka Masala, which nowadays is just as popular with the local population. The classic Bacon & Eggs breakfast is frequently served as a weekend treat, while on weekdays most people will have cereal or a quick toast.

The British sense of humour is everywhere, as is the all-important Tea. And although in danger of being overtaken by coffee, the traditional “cuppa” is still seen by most as the ultimate remedy for most things.

In sports Football tops the charts in England, while in Scotland it is rivalled by Rugby. You may also come across a classic cricket match, frequently played in most English villages, and you school is likely to offer range of sports activities.

British families are as different as other families, and the family structure is diverse – from nuclear families to single parents and everything in between. Students are different too, and we will use our experience to make the best match and find you a home that fits you as perfectly as possible.

You will find that Brits may seem reserved, but are wonderfully warm and welcoming once you get to know them. Be ready to chat, open up and don’t take yourself too seriously, and you will make sure that you make the most of your UK experience.

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Programme facts



English level



1 term
Academic Year
2 Academic Years

Programme start

or January


Host Family


State school
School fees included

Your dream. Your choice

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We want you to always feel supported, and we are here to help and guide you. Our support team are dedicated and experienced, and will always be here if you need advice. As well as this, if you are living with a host family then you will also have a Local Support Coordinator who lives in your local area and knows your surroundings, and they will be there for you as well.

Host family happiness

A welcoming host family is a key element to your programme. We work with selected host families, who are looking forward to adding a new dimension to their life.

Living with a host family is a great, safe and homely option, giving you the best opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the British way of life. You will live as a member of the family, sharing family meals and taking part in family life and activities.

Some families choose to host two students, providing a great opportunity to add an extra international dimension to your programme as well as a companion, who is going through the same experience as you. 

All our host families are carefully selected and screened. This is to ensure the quality and standards of every host family. 

Our host families are as different as the students they host, and we use our expertise to make sure that we make the best possible match to give you the best possible foundation for a fantastic experience. 

“Combine a cultural experience with a great education”

A passion for English

Amelie’s favourite subject has always been English – particularly English Literature. By choosing the High School Academic programme, Amelie was able to pick which subjects she wanted to study – and naturally, she chose English Literature! With a passion for poetry and reading classics, this choice meant that Amelie was able to pursue her interest in an area she is really passionate about – and she’s so happy that she had the opportunity to travel to the UK and be able to choose the subjects that she loves. Now, having completed her A levels, she has the opportunity to go on and study English Literature at university!

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Check out our High School Classic programme if you want a great cultural and educational experience and don’t want to choose your subjects in advance, or our High School Select programme to choose your college!

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High School - FAQ

Yes – if you choose the High School Select programme, then you can choose not only the area that you will be in, but also the school or college you will study at! We want you to be able to study where and what you want – so you can tell us in your application if you have a preference. Take a look at our High School Select page to find out more about this.

Yes – if you choose the High School Academic programme you can choose your subjects!

Yes – but this might depend on your academic performance, and the subjects that you choose to study. At the end of your time in the UK, you should obtain a report card from your school or college, and this will demonstrate your experience and qualifications.
If you are interested in sitting exams, then you should tell us this when you apply, so that we can make sure your subjects will allow you to obtain a recognised qualification.

As soon as your placement is confirmed, we will notify you of the details of where you will be studying. The process of matching you with the perfect school or college (and host family, if you choose to stay with one) takes time and can be complex, and we want to make sure we find you the best match. We’ll aim to let you know your destination a few months before you depart.

It’s different for every student depending on your lifestyle, and it also depends on whether you stay with a host family or in student accommodation, and how you travel to school! The average monthly expenditure is usually between £100-£150 if you’re staying with a host family.

On our application form, there is a section asking you for some information about yourself – this includes whether you would be happy living with pets, whether you would prefer a non-smoking family, and if you have any other special requirements or allergies, among other questions. You should give us as much information as you can on here, and this will enable us to match you to the most suitable family!

This depends and can be different depending on the school and the host family! There will probably be other exchange students at your school. Host families can choose to host one or two students, so you might have another student within your host family.

If you have a problem with your host family, then you can talk to your Local Support Coordinator. They will help you to talk about the problem and find a solution. If the problem is serious and can’t be resolved, there can be the option of changing host family.

All of our students and their parents will have a contact person before, during and after their stay. During the programme, our students are supported by various levels of support – our Head Office team, their school and (depending on what type of programme you have chosen) a Local Support Coordinator. We also have an emergency number for emergencies out of office hours. StudyChoice will keep in touch with you while you’re here in the UK, and we can offer support, guidance and advice.

Yes – StudyChoice organises tours and trips every term that you will be able to take part in! Independent travel is also possible, but you will have to get permission from StudyChoice, as well as your natural parents (and host family, if you’re staying with one!).

Yes – there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in sports and activities while you are in the UK! You can join a club or play sports through your school or college, and if you’re staying with a host family, they will be able to help you get involved in activities in the local area.

Yes – you can ask for an extension of your programme.

If you aren’t sure if you will need a visa, take a look at the UK government website:
This will tell you what kind of visa you need to apply for, what fees are involved, and what the requirements are. The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before you start your course.

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High School and Vocational Programmes

Included in the programme price

  • Skype interview
  • Guidance on application
  • Consultation
  • Virtual meeting
  • School and Host family/Residence selection
  • Placement information
  • Pre-departure information
  • Administration
  • Student handbook, online
  • Accommodation
  • School placement
  • Travel documents
  • Local Support
  • Regular contact from support team
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Full or half board as per programme description
  • Wifi access
  • Bedding

Not included

  • Cancellation insurance
  • Flights
  • Local transportation
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • School materials, books, uniform
  • School fees if applying for a private school
  • Personal items and spending money
  • Dietary supplements
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The UK educational system

In the UK GCSE qualifications are completed at age 15 or 16, at the end of secondary school. Students then go on to study A-levels or vocational courses. Please see the table below for a full overview of the British educational system. Contact us if you need help understanding how the educational system in your country compares to education in the UK!

Educational levels
Primary Education
Year 0-6
Age 5-11
Secondary Education
Year 7-9
Age 12-13
Secondary GCSE level
Year 10-11
Age 14-15
Further Education
Year 12-13
Age 16-17
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