Questions and Answers
1. Do I need to be fluent in another language to study abroad?
No! The whole point of studying abroad is to increase your language skills and improve. Some programs have a minimum language requirement in order for you to be successful in the school environment, but that does not mean you need to be speaking fluently by the time you arrive. Other country programs might not have a requirement because if you try hard enough, you can learn the language quickly by being immersed in the culture and with help from your host family or a language prep course.
2. What are the costs?
Look here for current program costs and pricing. In this blog, we provide tips for fundraising. This is a big investment in your future that will be worth your time, so saving up money for this experience is important.
3. Can I go after I graduate high school?
Yes! Certain country programs will accept high school graduates, or students who are turning 18 soon, as long as you are willing to enroll in a high school abroad (no college level programs are available). This experience is called a “Gap Year”. Check our catalog and website www.ie-usa.org for more details.
4. How do I apply?
It’s easy! After you decide on the potential country that interests you, click here and fill out a short preliminary application. Our program staff will contact you to discuss further and set up an interview.
5. How do I talk to my parents about study abroad?
Why do you think they might not agree? Is it the price? Is it your age? Is it your high school credit transfer? Do they think you just want to have a vacation? See our resource here and plan how to propose this idea to them in the right way.