How to apply

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Once enrolled in the program, you will get access to our secure members-only website - My High School Year! Here you can fill out your online application forms, download preparation material and access your placement information.
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Who can apply?

The high school exchange program is for curious and academically motivated students who are studying full time and fulfill the age requirements of their chosen host country. You must be prepared to be an ambassador for your home country and follow the rules of the program.

Is this the right program for you?

A typical EF High School Year student is open minded, flexible, adventurous and academically motivated. If you are in grade 8 to 11 the year prior to your exchange year and you fulfill the age and grade requirements listed below, we invite you to apply to our program. In addition, you must be healthy and have no prior or existing mental illness.


Each High School Year destination country has its own age requirements based on the school system in each country. In general students must be between 15 and 18.5 years old when they enter the program. Please see the age requirements for your destination in the EF High School Year brochure.


To be accepted on the program, students must earn the equivalent of a C, or better, in all major academic subjects (native language, language of host country, math, science, social sciences and any other main academic subjects). Students must study full time during the year prior to their exchange year.

Why choose EF?

EF Education First is the largest private educational organization in the world with schools and offices in more than 50 countries. 3 million students have already chosen to travel with EF.
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Language requirements

The ability to speak and understand basic English is necessary in all our destination. Students wishing to study in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong or Great Britain will need to complete a language test (SLEP) as part of the application process.

  • English-speaking destinations - Intermediate English skills with ability to speak, understandm read and write basic English. A minimum SLEP scor of 40 is required.

  • Costa Rica - Minimum one year of Spanish is recommended.

  • France - Minimum of two years of French studies.

  • Germany - Minimum one year of German or at least 60 hours of German language learning.

  • Hong Kong - Same requirements for English-speaking destination. Prior knowledge of Cantonese or Mandarin is an advantage.

  • Japan - One year of Japanese study is required. Students must be highly motivated to learn Japanese.

Please contact your EF office for further information about our language requirements and acceptance criteria.

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