Student exchange programs in England and the UK

Immerse yourself in tradition and culture

Imagine studying high school in the UK with wonderful academic heritage and traditions, mixed with a thoroughly modern pulse!

As an exchange student in the UK, you will experience a beautiful country with friendly people. England, with her heritage alive and acclaimed in the works of historical writers, poets, artists, and musicians, is a compelling destination. Her captivating history is evident in charismatic kings and queens whose castles and citadels have largely withstood the tests of time, including, of course, the Royal Family. The education system is ranked as one of the world’s best, as is the standard of living.

When you study in the UK with Southern Cross Cultural Exchange, you can choose from a range of student exchange program choices – all expertly run by our own sister company, Educatius Group, in the UK. Study on Classic program for a traditional exchange and cultural immersion, or you can take an Area Request option if you know where you would like to study. You can be confident that you’ll be supported by a caring team throughout your program.

Quick facts

Age of students: 16–17 years

Departure: September or January

Visa: UK offer 3 months or Semester (5-6 months) programs only due to visa restrictions. Students can be accepted on a 10 month program in January or September of each year if an EU passport is held.

Area Request: Yes

Soft Landing Camp: Yes, in London at an additional fee

School day: Normally from 8.30 to 15.30

Subjects: There are both compulsory subjects and electives

Program: Classic High School, plus Area Request

View from the UK

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Check out our Student Exchange Programs

In the UK, we offer Classic High School program with an Area Request option. Read more about our Classic High School program in the United Kingdom.

Tell us where you want to study in the UK

Brighton, Birmingham or Liverpool? With our Classic program, you can make an area request for your preferred location in the UK.  Check out our area requests and secure your spot today. 

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Going on an exchange program is one of the biggest decisions of your life! Please join an Information Session Webinar or download our high school guide! 

About high school in the United Kingdom

As a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange student in the UK, you will experience life as a British teenager. Education in the country is of a high standard. The teachers are highly involved in every student’s individual development and are eager to help you get the most out of your school day.

Authentic high school life in the UK is like ours in many ways. School uniforms are common, and addressing your teachers with “Mrs, Mr, and Ms” is expected. It’s interesting to experience cultural differences every day.

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School types and subjects

In the United Kingdom, there are different types of high schools and colleges*. Depending on the program you choose, you might attend a Vocational College, Grammar School or Sixth Form College, which is the most common one. You will enrol in classes that suit your level and previous knowledge. Math and English are compulsory subjects, but other than that, you are relatively free to choose the subjects you want to take by yourself.

The British school year contains of three semesters that start in September, January, and April. As an exchange student, you start in September or January.

*Thus, College in England is not the same as college in the United States, where it means university.

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Your spare time in Great Britain

Your spare time in the UK will depend on where your host family lives. You may spend your free time hanging out with your friends at the piers in Brighton or Bournemouth, trying delicious treats at food markets in Birmingham or Glasgow, or hiking through beautiful surroundings in Cornwall.

In the UK, there is so much to discover. The capital city of London is amazing, but the country has plenty more to offer. Beautiful landscapes and medieval towns, along with an incredible coastline makes the country diverse and multifaceted. Your exchange program in the UK will be full of different experiences and activities.

The most popular sport

Soccer (football) is an extremely popular sport all over the UK. If you play soccer or any other sport, you should try to find a local team you can practice with after school. If you do not play any sport, it is well worth supporting a Premier League or English Football League time during your exchange year. This is a fantastic way to immerse in the culture.

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Staying with a British host family

In the UK, there is a longstanding tradition of accepting exchange students from all over the world. When staying with a British host family on a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange program, you get to experience the British culture and family life up close. All our families are carefully selected by our colleagues in the UK and are looking forward to welcoming you into their home.

Many of our host families have hosted students several times before. They know how amazing it is getting a new member to the family, as well as understanding the cultural clashes that may arise. It is important to communicate, especially at the beginning of the exchange program. Things that you take for granted may not be as natural for your host family and vice-versa.

Your English host family can live in the city, the countryside, in an apartment, a villa, with or without kids. Some have pets, some do not. Regardless, you will be staying with a kind and caring family who are looking forward to meeting you. Your host family will be excited to show you authentic English life, as well as learning about your culture. Why not impress them by making a special dish from your family?

Unbeatable support in your new home

We are One Team Across the Globe, and this means that our own colleagues in the UK will be taking expert care of you while you are on your program. In addition to your host family, each student will be assigned to a local coordinator who is there to answer questions, provide on-going support and give regular reports on each student’s well-being.

Learn about our host families

About high school in the United Kingdom

As a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange student in the UK, you will experience life as a British teenager. Education in the country is of a high standard. The teachers are highly involved in every student’s individual development and are eager to help you get the most out of your school day.

Authentic high school life in the UK is like ours in many ways. School uniforms are common, and addressing your teachers with “Mrs, Mr, and Ms” is expected. It’s interesting to experience cultural differences every day.

Enquire now
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School types and subjects

In the United Kingdom, there are different types of high schools and colleges*. Depending on the program you choose, you might attend a Vocational College, Grammar School or Sixth Form College, which is the most common one. You will enrol in classes that suit your level and previous knowledge. Math and English are compulsory subjects, but other than that, you are relatively free to choose the subjects you want to take by yourself.

The British school year contains of three semesters that start in September, January, and April. As an exchange student, you start in September or January.

*Thus, College in England is not the same as college in the United States, where it means university.

Enquire now
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Your spare time in Great Britain

Your spare time in the UK will depend on where your host family lives. You may spend your free time hanging out with your friends at the piers in Brighton or Bournemouth, trying delicious treats at food markets in Birmingham or Glasgow, or hiking through beautiful surroundings in Cornwall.

In the UK, there is so much to discover. The capital city of London is amazing, but the country has plenty more to offer. Beautiful landscapes and medieval towns, along with an incredible coastline makes the country diverse and multifaceted. Your exchange program in the UK will be full of different experiences and activities.

The most popular sport

Soccer (football) is an extremely popular sport all over the UK. If you play soccer or any other sport, you should try to find a local team you can practice with after school. If you do not play any sport, it is well worth supporting a Premier League or English Football League time during your exchange year. This is a fantastic way to immerse in the culture.

Enquire now
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Staying with a British host family

In the UK, there is a longstanding tradition of accepting exchange students from all over the world. When staying with a British host family on a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange program, you get to experience the British culture and family life up close. All our families are carefully selected by our colleagues in the UK and are looking forward to welcoming you into their home.

Many of our host families have hosted students several times before. They know how amazing it is getting a new member to the family, as well as understanding the cultural clashes that may arise. It is important to communicate, especially at the beginning of the exchange program. Things that you take for granted may not be as natural for your host family and vice-versa.

Your English host family can live in the city, the countryside, in an apartment, a villa, with or without kids. Some have pets, some do not. Regardless, you will be staying with a kind and caring family who are looking forward to meeting you. Your host family will be excited to show you authentic English life, as well as learning about your culture. Why not impress them by making a special dish from your family?

Unbeatable support in your new home

We are One Team Across the Globe, and this means that our own colleagues in the UK will be taking expert care of you while you are on your program. In addition to your host family, each student will be assigned to a local coordinator who is there to answer questions, provide on-going support and give regular reports on each student’s well-being.

Learn about our host families
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Campus sport UK

Soft Landing Camp in London

Regardless of which high school program you choose, your big UK adventure will start in the beautiful city of London. With incoming students from all over the world, we’ll all stay here for three nights, preparing you to be ready for the year to come and have an amazing time in tis vibrant city. You will get the best possible start on your high school exchange.  

Soft Landing Camp is only available for students who start in September and is an additional cost. 

Students walking out

Area requests in the UK

Tailor your exchange program in the UK with Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. Choose a Region or City option if you know where you want to study – limited spots apply and requests are available for an additional fee.

Area Requests in the UK

Hear from our former exchange students in UK

Brodie

“Before you head off, think of some things you would like to achieve while overseas, whether this be just to enjoy your time and make new relationships or it be to travel the country.

– Brodie in UK

Rachel

“The most rewarding part about my exchange was that I meet people from different cultures. not just in my host country but also the other exchange students around my area.”

– Rachel in UK

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