We speak to students and staff to give you a real insight into what makes our programmes work. Hear from individuals who are on the front line of what HSI offers.

Check out this wonderful video of HSI student Maria reading her blog post about her year abroad experience…

Maria was one of our bloggers during her year abroad in the UK and she wrote such wonderful blogs we asked her to read one of them out to give you an insight into her experience while studying abroad. Check it out below or read her other blog posts here

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We asked a number of our HSI students from Germany what differences they found in their schools back home and their new ones in the UK.
Read all about their thoughts and experiences, from subjects, to facilities, to extra curricular activities…!
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Check out this fantastic video made by HSI student Katsumi in Ireland!


Even in the midst of a pandemic and lockdown our students attitudes have been amazing! We are so happy to see that it hasn’t stopped them from being creative and exploring their surroundings (even if it is just on daily walks!)




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Our tips on speaking a new language during a Study Abroad Programme.


If you’re looking to study in a high school in the UK or Ireland, learning and speaking the language maybe a daunting thought. Although it can be one of the most challenging parts of studying abroad, it’s also one of the most crucial aspects in order to succeed and make the most of your experience.

While there is no particularly easy way to learn a new language, there are many ways that work for different people. Once you find a way that works well for you, stick with it as the benefits are extremely rewarding.

Here are 5 tips on helping make your transition a little smoother…

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Managing money during your study abroad programme

Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience and you will want to say YES to every opportunity. However, finding a balance between making the most of your time and managing money can be one of the most challenging aspects of a year abroad.

Managing your finances can be a daunting task. If done well, it’s an excellent way to mature as an adult and become more independent during your stay.

We’ve have put together 5 tips on how to manage your money. They will help you find a balance between having fun and being sensible with your spending.


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Adjusting to new food on your study abroad programme:


Food is a big part of everyday life, so when you move abroad you may quickly realise how important it is to your emotional and physical well-being.

Some may adjust more easily to the new food than others, but for those who don’t, here are some tips on how to make the adjusting process a little smoother as well as making the most of the new experiences!


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Dealing with homesickness on your Study Abroad Programme

If you’re reading this, then I’m sure you’ve imagined it over and over again. You fly off to an exotic destination, go to classes at your perfect school, make amazing new friends and have the best time of your life.

These are all the things that most high school study abroad students will get to do, but even with all these incredible experiences, the effects of homesickness can still kick in.

It’s important to understand that homesickness is a natural part of studying abroad and it is extremely common to miss home when you are in a foreign country. Studying abroad is full of amazing moments but that’s not to say you won’t have a couple of down days!

Here are some tips on how to cope with homesickness…

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Making friends while studying abroad!


When you ask people, who have studied on an exchange programme what the best part is, the usual response is the amazing people and friendships they made.

Although one of the most rewarding parts of studying abroad is making friends, that doesn’t mean to say that it’s not easier said than done! It may seem like a scary thought before arriving but the friendships you will form on your programme will be some of the best.

Here are some tips on how to make friends abroad!

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How to deal with culture shock on an exchange programme


Whether it is your first time travelling to a different country or you are a frequent traveller, culture shock is something that happens to people that leave the comfort of their own surroundings and explore somewhere new.

Many people experience culture shock! Even if the new country you are studying in isn’t too different to back home.

There is likely to be a short period of adjustment for many people. Here are some tips on how to overcome culture shock… 

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Check out our Study Abroad Tips on what to pack before departing on your study abroad adventure!


Whether you are joining us for a 2-week jolly, or arranging a longer adventure, it can be annoying, inconvenient, and sometimes quite expensive if you forget to pack things you’re going to need on your trip.

Getting ready for a high school programme can be stressful, but our Study Abroad Tips can be used to ensure you have all the tools you need to make this exciting transition as easy and enjoyable as possible.

From the must have necessities to the bits and bobs you can buy once you arrive, let us help you avoid any unnecessary stress with this handy packing list. Here are our Study Abroad Tips on what to pack on an exchange programme…


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