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Area Requests in the UK

Tailor your exchange program

With Southern Cross Cultural Exchange, you have the opportunity to request where you want to spend your exchange program in the UK (Semester and Year programs only).

The area request is an add-on to the Classic High School program. Your area request will be approved if we have spots available in your area of choice and meet application requirements, prior to the deadline. Apply on time – first come, first served!

How would you like to spend your exchange program in the UK? Would you like to study in the seaside town of Brighton or enjoy the popular cities of Birmingham or Liverpool?

Quick facts

Age of students: 16–18 years

Departure: August or January

Visa: No, not for the Classic program

Soft Landing Camp: Yes, in London

School day: Normally from 8.30 to 15.30

Subjects: There are both compulsory subjects and electives

Views from the UK

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Our selection of area requests

We offer a selection of Region and City Choices in the UK.

Find out more about the different area requests below.  

Region Choice – request your preferred region

You can request your preferred area in the UK If you already know which region you want to live in. With this choice, you can make a request to study in North England, Southern England or Midlands England.  Limited spots apply, and there is an additional fee for this option.

North England

The North of England is home to some of the UK’s most stunning countryside. Beyond the countryside, the vibrant cities of Northern England are where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous football clubs, and once known for their industrial heritage; these are now renowned for their culture, shopping and its wide range of student events.

Some of the most famous cities in Northern England are Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds, Sheffield, and York. As an exchange student, you will meet international students from every corner of the world.

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Midlands England

The Midlands is famous for its’ great art, history, and culture. In West Midlands, you’ll find Birmingham, the second-largest city in England. Birmingham is great for students who want to combine city life with fun outdoor activities. Other cities in the Midlands include Coventry, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Stoke-n-Trent and Lincoln.

The Midlands is also famous for its outstanding natural beauty. Here you’ll find Grat Britain’s oldest national park, Peak District, which covers an area of 1,438 km². In the park, you’ll stumble upon canals, secret caves (the deepest is over 400 meters below the ground), natural springs and woodlands.

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Southern England

Southern England is an attractive part of England that includes all the counties by or near the English Channel that separates England from France. You, for instance, find the Greater London area, Somerset, Cornwall, and Surrey, as well as the popular cities of Bournemouth, Hastings, Brighton, and Oxford here.

It is a lovely part of England that is highly popular among students from all over the world. The students come here in all ages, for their high school exchange, university studies or English studies in the summer. In Southern England, you get a perfect mix of typical British characteristics, beautiful environments, lovely beaches as well as a cool international vibe in the bigger cities.

Area Request prices

North England

The North of England is home to some of the UK’s most stunning countryside. Beyond the countryside, the vibrant cities of Northern England are where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous football clubs, and once known for their industrial heritage; these are now renowned for their culture, shopping and its wide range of student events.

Some of the most famous cities in Northern England are Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds, Sheffield, and York. As an exchange student, you will meet international students from every corner of the world.

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Midlands England

The Midlands is famous for its’ great art, history, and culture. In West Midlands, you’ll find Birmingham, the second-largest city in England. Birmingham is great for students who want to combine city life with fun outdoor activities. Other cities in the Midlands include Coventry, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Stoke-n-Trent and Lincoln.

The Midlands is also famous for its outstanding natural beauty. Here you’ll find Grat Britain’s oldest national park, Peak District, which covers an area of 1,438 km². In the park, you’ll stumble upon canals, secret caves (the deepest is over 400 meters below the ground), natural springs and woodlands.

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Southern England

Southern England is an attractive part of England that includes all the counties by or near the English Channel that separates England from France. You, for instance, find the Greater London area, Somerset, Cornwall, and Surrey, as well as the popular cities of Bournemouth, Hastings, Brighton, and Oxford here.

It is a lovely part of England that is highly popular among students from all over the world. The students come here in all ages, for their high school exchange, university studies or English studies in the summer. In Southern England, you get a perfect mix of typical British characteristics, beautiful environments, lovely beaches as well as a cool international vibe in the bigger cities.

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Brighton Pier

City Choice – live in a big city

For you who prefer the big city life, we offer a wide range of attractive City Choices in Great Britain. 

Make a request to be placed in one of the popular big cities of Birmingham, Brighton, Liverpool, and Torquay. 

Birmingham, England

Birmingham is the second-most populous city in Great Britain with more than one million inhabitants. It is a beautiful city in central England that attracts millions of tourists each year.

You find an impressive amount of water springs here. The city has, in fact, more canals than Venice in Italy. This does not just make Birmingham very pretty, it also makes it a great place for water activities such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. This is a good choice for you who want to combine the city life with fun outdoor activities.

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Brighton, England

Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular destinations and is the perfect city for teenagers. The city is located on the southern coast of England. It’s a popular seaside resort, and the pebble beaches are amongst the best known on the English south coast, along with the famous seafront, marina and Brighton Pier.

But Brighton is much more than just a seaside resort. You can hike around Devil’s Dyke, wander through the shops and restaurants on The Lanes, and get to know Brighton’s queer history on an LGBTQ+ walking tour.

Brighton is also the seaside city closest to London. It takes less than an hour by train to travel to the capital.

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Liverpool, England

Liverpool is the hometown of the world’s biggest and best-selling music group of all times – the legendary The Beatles. The city is also the most successful footballing city in England, with its top teams Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.

Since it seems like success flourishes here, choosing to spend your exchange year in Liverpool is a sure thing. The city is an important centre for culture, and you can enjoy the British high school life among music, sports events, and museums.

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Torquay, England

Beautiful Torquay is a part of the English Riviera and is a true summer paradise. The city offers an outstanding view over the harbour with its iconic Ferris wheel, as well as sandy beaches. More than 65000 people live here permanently, and the city attracts a large number of tourists during the summer months.

When studying here you will get to experience a unique part of England, and sometimes wonder if you are not, in fact, spending your high school exchange by the Mediterranean sea.

Area Request prices

Birmingham, England

Birmingham is the second-most populous city in Great Britain with more than one million inhabitants. It is a beautiful city in central England that attracts millions of tourists each year.

You find an impressive amount of water springs here. The city has, in fact, more canals than Venice in Italy. This does not just make Birmingham very pretty, it also makes it a great place for water activities such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. This is a good choice for you who want to combine the city life with fun outdoor activities.

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Brighton, England

Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular destinations and is the perfect city for teenagers. The city is located on the southern coast of England. It’s a popular seaside resort, and the pebble beaches are amongst the best known on the English south coast, along with the famous seafront, marina and Brighton Pier.

But Brighton is much more than just a seaside resort. You can hike around Devil’s Dyke, wander through the shops and restaurants on The Lanes, and get to know Brighton’s queer history on an LGBTQ+ walking tour.

Brighton is also the seaside city closest to London. It takes less than an hour by train to travel to the capital.

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Liverpool, England

Liverpool is the hometown of the world’s biggest and best-selling music group of all times – the legendary The Beatles. The city is also the most successful footballing city in England, with its top teams Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.

Since it seems like success flourishes here, choosing to spend your exchange year in Liverpool is a sure thing. The city is an important centre for culture, and you can enjoy the British high school life among music, sports events, and museums.

Area Request prices
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Torquay, England

Beautiful Torquay is a part of the English Riviera and is a true summer paradise. The city offers an outstanding view over the harbour with its iconic Ferris wheel, as well as sandy beaches. More than 65000 people live here permanently, and the city attracts a large number of tourists during the summer months.

When studying here you will get to experience a unique part of England, and sometimes wonder if you are not, in fact, spending your high school exchange by the Mediterranean sea.

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Pre Apply now

If you are ready to take the next steps for your exchange program, we would love to hear from you. Please apply online and our team will contact you and your parents to arrange an interview. Learn for Life!

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