Please Note: The UK is no longer accepting new applications for UK programmes while we restructure our operations. Please note that this does not affect any of our Ireland programmes which continue uninterrupted. Please contact Declan Millar at for further information on options in the UK.


Study in the UK with British students in one of our 120 British partner high schools. Tell us what’s important to you and we do the rest!


You! If you are:

  • Aged 11 – 17
  • Speak English at intermediate level or better
  • Are motivated and keen for new experiences

A High School Year Abroad is a life changing experience. Meet new people, experience new things and learn fluent English along the way. Make your university and job applications stand out from the crowd, and get a head-start in life!

Choose between our Cultural Exchange Programme and our Academic High School Programmes:
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UK High School Programmes

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The British high school system

  • Well regarded globally and popular with international students
  • High school starts in the UK at the age of 11
  • Broad general curriculum taught for the first three years
  • at 14-16 years old, students study ten subjects for their GCSEs
  • A Levels start from age 16 and are a two-year course focusing on three to four subjects
  • Ideal for students who are strong in some subjects and have little interest in others

The UK School System

Academic Calendar

Autumn Term 1 August to December
Spring Term 2 January to Easter
Summer Term 3 Easter to June

A Typical Day


Tutor Time
Short Break
English Literature
Business Studies


Why Choose the United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom is a popular choice with students who are interested in studying abroad, and it’s easy to see why. With its famous cities, rich history and world class education the UK has a lot to offer.

  • Highly specialised senior courses. We only study a maximum of 4 subjects, and no subjects are compulsory! You study only what you want to study.*
  • In depth course content. Focusing on 4 subjects means you will study a lot of content in each subject, and have a deep understanding of a subject by the time you graduate.
  • Excellent preparation for university. Whether you stay in the UK for university or not, the British style of including self-study periods at high school age, means you’ll develop the independent study skills needed to excel on your degree course.
  • A Levels are the University entrance qualifications. If you obtain A Levels, you will normally not need to sit university entrance tests.**
  • Develop excellent language skills. The UK is the home of the English language. Whether you study for 3 months, two years, or anywhere in between, the experience will help you develop superior English language skills.

*With the exception of some students who need to validate their studies. Speak to us if you think you need to validate your studies.
*Some highly selective universities may have additional tests.

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