High School Programs in Asia

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High School Programs Abroad in Asia


215 High School Programs in Asia


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Discover Asia by studying in China with SPI Study Abroad. Programs are in Beijing, Kunming, and Qingdao. This is offered for two to fours weeks and available for high school students from around the world. Get to explore the Great Wall of China in Beijing, improve your Chinese, and try your hand in calligraphy.


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Begin your year in Korea with a five-day arrival orientation that will include Korean language training, culture and customs classes, and cultural excursions to palaces and historical sites. As a student in Korea, you will attend a local Korean school and live with a Korean host family. As all of Korean high schools begin in early March, the program begins in mid-February. During your stay i...


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Since 1992, Projects Abroad has been sending international participants to different areas of the world to experience various cultures and develop their life-skills through meaningful activities. Travel through Asia and enroll in one of the local high schools in countries including India, Cambodia, and Vietnam. This program includes Community Service, Language Immersions, and Cultural Exploration.


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Volunteer at an Elephant sanctuary and learn all about these beautiful animals while riding, bathing and playing with your new pals. Experience the beauty of Northern Thailand and take a walk on the wild side in Mae Hong Son as you explore long neck hill tribe villages, caves and waterfalls. This program is similar to the Elephant Service and Explorers trip, but with a week long extension to tr...


Earn college credit in Asia on a ISA high school study program. The intensive Chinese language and culture program, based in China's commercial capital of Shanghai, runs for four weeks. Students will attend the East China Normal University and participate in classes Monday through Friday. Students also have the chance to tour the city and participate in cultural activities.


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API High School offers various Summer programs for high school students, and API Gap Year offers programs for recent high school graduates. These consist of study, adventure, volunteer, and immersion offerings in Europe Latin America, and Asia. All of our gap year programs (and some of our summer programs) are offered for college credit, and all provide an eye-opening exposure to a different cu...


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Create unforgettable experiences while studying in Asia with Rustic Pathways. Walk in the paths of Genghis Khan in Mongolia, explore the colorful Burma, or wander the ruins of Wat Nokor in Cambodia. This program is open to worldwide participants and fees include meals, accommodation, and on-site support.


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Study abroad with GVI in locations such as India and Thailand. High School students can spend two to four weeks immersing in a new culture and language while learning various skills. The programs accept students of any nationality from 15 to 17 years of age.


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China Internship Placements (CIP) gap year programs in China places participants on the international scene to boost their profiles before they enter college. Participants get exposed to international experiences with a wide variety of choices and components. The organization briefs participants about their selected career path and future opportunities and threats in their home countries. In th...


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Lifeworks India aims to broaden horizon through educational exchange programs and help the Tibetan refugees, the children and their families in Dharamsala. Participants live in dormitories and hotels in Dharamsala for the majority of the stay and partake in daily Tibetan Immersion and Mutual Learning Partnership programs. Students spend some time learning Tibetan language, music, art, cooking a...


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Go Abroad China's high school program is specifically for high school age international students who can come to China through this program and connect with Chinese high school students. They will engage in language exchange, and learn how their peers study and approach high school life. Furthermore, international high school students will have the opportunity to also have Mandarin classes, par...


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Students taking part in 360 Student Travel Thailand Community Service program have much to look forward to! Thai culture welcomes native English speakers and the program offers rewarding opportunities to give back across the globe. Participants will see the famous canals of Bangkok, complete with floating markets, and visit historical ruins in addition to sacred temples in Ayutthaya. Prepare...


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Study in Asia and delve into Japan's culture with Greenheart Travel. Students will have the unique chance to experience living in another country with a host family, learn a foreign language, and gain experience by partaking in an international program. Participation is restricted to high school students only.


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Gain an international learning experience in Asia with LanguBridge Education Centre. Students may choose to study in South Korea, China, or Japan. This study program allows teenagers to learn more about Asian languages and immerse themselves into the region's culture. Programs are usually offered during the summer and participation is limited to high school students.


High school students may experience the ethnic and cultural diversity of Asia with Minds Abroad. Travel to India or China for a maximum of one year to explore the ancient culture and vibrant lifestyles while learning a new language. The program is open to worldwide participants and programs include Language Immersion, Cultural Exploration, and Community Service.

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High School Programs Abroad in Asia

Asia is home to nearly 4.5 billion people, constituting roughly 60 percent of the world’s population. Do you actually need any more reasons to choose Asia for your high school program abroad? High school students that are looking for an educational adventure will find nothing but golden opportunity through high school programs in Asia. Asia’s sheer size is only rivaled by the tremendous amount of cultural diversity that exists within. At the center of civilization, high school programs in Asia will open your eyes to just how vast a world we live in.


Asia is the world’s largest continent, so it will be easiest to cover potential locations for high school programs in Asia by breaking it down into sub-regions. There are 48 recognized countries encompassed by the region of Asia. However, since the Middle East is considered its own region by most geographers, we will focus on high school programs in the following sub-regions:

In East Asia, China, Japan, and South Korea are all very popular destinations for high school programs abroad. The history of these countries is long and closely intertwined, each having developed from ancient civilizations into unique and globally influential modern states.

In Southeast Asia, most countries, such as Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, provide incredibly enticing destinations for high school programs abroad. Southeast Asia is largely a developing region, with a recent history that has been the focal point of much regional conflict. Today the region stands out as a safe and fascinating place for high school students to travel to and explore, culturally and geographically.

Moving further west, the Indian subcontinent, which includes India, Nepal, and Bhutan, is another distinct Asian sub-region, offering high school students an enriching opportunity to expand their education abroad. Largely sheltered by the Himalayas to the north, the Indian subcontinent shares a connected history and a deeply spiritual culture.

High School Programs in Asia

High school programs in Asia tend to take on a variety of different forms. First, there are traditional study abroad programs, which enable students to attend classes at a local high school or other academic institution within their country of choice. While subject matter obviously varies depending on the country, most classes are in the realm of general introductory courses to that country’s history and culture.

Language immersion programs are generally the most popular form of high school programs in Asia, as a large number of Asian languages are becoming increasingly more and more in demand globally.

Due to the lack of development in many Asian countries, especially in Southeast Asia, volunteer programs are very popular. High school students who choose to volunteer in Asia will spend their time contributing to a variety of community service projects, rather than attending classes for academic credit. Available volunteer opportunities vary by the country, as each country has its own set of project needs. High school volunteer programs can be extremely rewarding experiences, especially if you have never traveled to a developing country.

Last on the list is the broader categories of adventure travel and cultural exploration programs. These high school programs in Asia are unique in that they usually entail travel to several destinations throughout a particular region, following a full on agenda jam packed with fun, culturally immersive activities. Studying and volunteering can be, but are not necessarily, an additional component of these types of high school programs in Asia.

High school programs in Asia generally last between one and eight weeks and run over the summer. There are a huge amount of opportunities out there, so take the time to look into as many different options as you can!

Scholarships & Costs

High school programs abroad can be costly, but the good news is that Asia is at-large an inexpensive continent to travel to and around. While some Asian destinations, such as Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, are an exception to this rule, you can typically expect on-the-ground prices to be much cheaper than in the developed world.

By utilizing all the available resources out there to fund programs abroad, such as fundraising platforms and scholarship opportunities, it is possible for high school students from nearly anywhere to make their dream trip become a reality!

Accommodation & Visas

Home stays are the most popular form of housing provided to students participating in high school programs in Asia, although student dormitories are also made available in some circumstances as well. If you are traveling throughout several different regions as part of your program, then expect to stay in a variety of accommodations. Safety is a priority for high school programs in Asia, so parents fear not, students will be well-supervised!

Whether or not you will need to obtain a visa to participate in a high school program in Asia will depend on the country you are visiting, where you are coming from, and how long you plan to stay. For more specific information regarding your visa requirements, you can check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

Expand Your World. High school tends to be a bubble for many students, but by traveling abroad will give students a healthy dose of perspective on the world, which is definitely not possible to the same extent at home. Some things you used to care about might seem very small and unimportant upon your return!

Connect. The people you travel with and meet during your high school program in Asia will make for some of the most rewarding connections you ever make. Don’t be too shy to converse with as many people as possible during your time abroad.

Stand Out. While the experience itself should be your main motivation, high school programs in Asia will also be a nice boost to your college applications. It will show schools you are a well-rounded and ambitious future student.

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