How to apply

Frequently asked questions

When do I have to apply? Will I need a visa? What are the language requirements? Can I choose where to live?
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The Interview

We look forward to welcoming you and your parents to a personal interview with an EF representative in a town close to you. The interview is a great opportunity for you to introduce yourself and tell us why you want to participate in the program.

How to prepare for your interview

Before the personal interview, you should prepare your application form and, if possible, bring a printed copy to the interview. [each market has to modify this information depending local routines for when student starts filling out the application form] If you are unsure about any section of the application, do not hesitate to call us before your interview. Or, ask your interviewer for advice.

Bring a copy of your latest grades to the interview. You can also bring proof of personal achievements, such as awards for academic excellence, athletic achievement or engagement in extracurricular activates.

Start your non-binding application

Interested in going on an exchange abroad? Pre-apply to our program and you and your parents will be invited to an interview where we will tell you more about the program and how to get accepted. Our places fill up quickly so get started today.
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What to expect at the interview

The interview is informal, so you do not have to be nervous. Your interviewer will tell you and your parents about the program and what it is like to live with a host family and study abroad. Your interviewer will also talk to you about what is expected of you during your exchange year. When possible, you might get a chance to meet a former EF High School Year student who recently completed his or her exchange year with EF.

Here is a list of some questions your interviewer might ask:

  • Why do you want to go on a High School Year as an exchange student?
  • What do you expect of the exchange program?
  • Why do you think you will be a good exchange student?
  • What do your friends and family think about you participating in the program? 

Testing your language skills

If you are applying to an English-speaking destination, you will get the chance to speak English with your interviewer and write a short essay in English.

You might also conduct a SLEP test (Secondary Level English Proficiency test) during your interview. Even if you do not take a SLEP test during your interview, we might ask you to come back later and take the test, in case the high school in your host country requires it.

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