Overview

As a high school student studying in Quebec City, Canada, you will live with a host family perfecting your French language skills and experiencing life as a Canadian student for a trimester or semester in a program that fits your school schedule.

Studying abroad in our fellow North American country will enable you to pick up another language and discover French-Canadian culture. You’ll be able to supplement your complete language immersion with French lessons every Tuesday and Thursday.

Enjoy a range of memorable and cultural activities, make lifelong international friends and have unforgettable experiences. With only around 1% of high school students studying abroad each year, this is your chance to embark on a unique academic travel adventure that will set you apart from most high school students in your class. How’s that for standing out on college applications?!

Start picturing yourself studying at an Ecole Secondaire and join our private Teen Programs Facebook group to talk with fellow exchange students who are traveling for a change.

Program Dates

*High School Abroad dates and program prices are subject to change. Please contact your study abroad program manager for specific start dates.

Fall Trimester:
Program Dates: September – November
Application Deadline: April 15
$300 Early Application Discount Deadline: Feb. 2

Spring Trimester:
Program Dates: January – March
Application Deadline: Oct. 1
$300 Early Application Discount Deadline: June 24

Fall Semester:
Program Dates: August – December
Application Deadline: April 15
$500 Early Application Discount Deadline: Feb.2

Spring Semester:
Program Dates: January-June
Application Deadline: Oct. 1
$500 Early Application Discount Deadline: June 24

Eligibility

In researching a study abroad program in Canada, you have already shown you are open-minded in your academic pursuits, motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone.

You should also:

  • Be between 13 and 17 years of age
  • 2 years of French language instruction or participate in a 6 week language course for additional cost
  • Be from the United States
  • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
  • Be in great mental* and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community

*What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates. Learn more in our FAQs section.

Costs

Academic Trimester: $10,730
Academic Semester: $18,100

Program Prices include:

  • Round-trip international airfare from JFK to Quebec City
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure Orientation and Preparation
    • Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
    • General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
  • Arrival Orientation in Quebec City
  • Monthly Cultural Activities
  • French Classes (4 hrs/week for 6 weeks)
  • Opportunities to volunteer in your host community
  • Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program

Accommodation

Living with a host family while studying abroad in Canada is the best way to learn about the culture. Full immersion into a country not only lets you live life as a local, but also offers you a chance to build incredible life skills like independence and flexibility while gaining a global perspective.

All Greenheart Travel high school abroad students live with a screened and thoroughly vetted, local host family and are provided with 3 meals per day.

As an exchange student living with a host family, you can expect to be a fully integrated member of the family dynamic. We make it a priority to place students with host families that closely match your interests and personality. For this reason we work first to find a suitable family rather than a destination preference.

Service Learning

Do you need to meet a service learning requirement?
Does your high school require you to volunteer to complete graduation requirements? Are you applying to top colleges that are asking for your service learning experience? By joining the Greenheart Club during your program abroad, you’ll be able to have an unforgettable year studying abroad, while having a truly, unique cultural experience. Not to mention having a great time while making a difference in your host community! Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Join the Greenheart Club

The Greenheart Club challenges participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism, and acts as a resource to help you find volunteer opportunities while studying abroad.

Create your account at greenheartclub.org and get started! Check out the Greenheart Travel group once you have logged in to meet other members of the travel community making a difference while studying abroad!

Step 2: Log Your Hours

It only takes a minute to join, and once you create your account, you will be able to connect with a community from around the world to inspire you to start volunteering, or log service hours you have already earned. Every hour you volunteer for a service learning project can be logged in our database to help you keep track for your high school requirements and college applications. The more you volunteer the more rewards you are eligible to receive.

Need help getting started? No worries! Greenheart Club staff members are happy to help you identify volunteer opportunities during your study abroad program.

Step 3: Earn Rewards

Here’s what you can earn as a Greenheart Club member:

  • Certificate listing the number of hours volunteered while abroad.
  • 5 hours: A Greenheart Club Certificate and Letter of Recommendation
  • 15 hours: A feature on the Greenheart Travel Website
  • 30 hours: Eligible to apply for a $125 Grant to do a Greenheart project in your home country
  • 75 hours: Eligible to apply for a $250 Grant to do a Greenheart project in your home country

Why Join the Club?

This is your chance to get to know your local community outside of the classroom while you study abroad. There’s no better way to learn a language and understand a culture than working with the community on a project that matters. Boost your college application while you travel for a change!

“While in Spain, I experienced many amazing things and I got the chance to volunteer through awesome organizations. My experience actually inspired me to major in international relations.” – Eleanor Brow, former Greenheart Travel High School Abroad participant in Spain.

Read more about fellow Greenheart Club members on our blog.

FAQs

Do I need to be fluent in another language?
No. One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while you live overseas. Your host family and school will not expect you to be fluent when you first arrive and will help you improve your language skills.

Will my language skills be good enough?
We require two years of French language instruction or students can take additional language courses for an added fee.

Can friends study abroad together?
No. Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together. Don’t worry though; making friends in your new host country will happen quickly!

Do I need my parent’s permission to participate in the High School Study Abroad Program?
Yes. As most high school participants are minors, parental permission is required.

What are my chances of being accepted into the High School Study Abroad Program?
If you have two years of foreign language experience, at least a 2.75 GPA, and a true passion for discovering new cultures you will have an increased chance of being accepted.

What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates.

We cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Debilitating anxiety
  • Eating disorders

If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner(psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.

I’ve already graduated, am I still eligible?
We can accept graduated students on a case by case basis and only for certain countries. The student must be within the age requirements for the program.

How are host families selected?
Host families go through a thorough interview process and are carefully screened. They must complete an application, their references must be checked, and an in-home interview must be conducted by the partner organization. Many current host families have hosted numerous participants year after year.

I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is that possible?
This can be possible on a case by case basis. Chances improve if there is a school in the same community that is able to host foreign exchange students.

What kind of assistance will I receive while I’m abroad?
There is a strong network of people working together to ensure your time abroad is successful. This includes your program manager in the U.S., your natural parents, your local coordinator abroad in your program location, your host school, and your host family. Immediate assistance will be provided by your local coordinator and/or host family as they will be in the same region.

What about taking SAT’s while abroad?
If you choose to take your SAT’s abroad, you will be responsible for finding a testing site. It will be much more convenient to take the SAT’s prior or after your study abroad experience, which is what we recommend.

Can we speak to current participants?
Yes! Check out our blog or find us on Facebook to talk to current participants right now!

If there is a class I must take in order to graduate, can you guarantee that I will be able to take it abroad?
There are no guarantees that you can take certain classes at your host school. CCI/Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in your host country; however, in most cases you will not be able to sign up for specific courses until AFTER you have arrived in your host country. Please review classes, transfers, and credits abroad for more information.

Can I go home to visit my family or can my parents visit me?
No. Visits are not allowed during the high school program. If your family wishes to visit, they should plan to meet you after your program is completed. In this instance, CCI/Greenheart Travel’s National office and international partner office should be informed of your family’s plans.

Can we select a certain city or region in the country abroad?
We are unable to take your location preferences into account. Our priority is to identify a host family and community that are the best match for you.

Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?
We offer special discounts for students whose families have hosted one of our CCI Greenheart exchange students.

How will my son/daughter get money abroad?
It is best for students to bring an ATM/debit or credit card. Most cards are accepted at ATM machines abroad and this is by far the easiest and most convenient way to access money.

When and where does the orientation take place?
You will receive one general pre-departure orientation from your local representative here in the U.S. Your program manager in the national office will conduct the cultural pre-departure orientation via Skype. Our partner office in your host country will organize an orientation for you abroad. Normally this is conducted within a month of your arrival to the host community.

Will I have a host sibling my age?
There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home.

When is the application due?
Applications for the fall start are due by April 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by February 2. Applications for the spring start are due by September 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by June 24. We may be able to accommodate late applications on a case-by-case basis; contact us for details.

Application Process

You should apply by April 15 for an August departure and October 1 for a February departure.

Complete the Online Application

There are 4 short steps in the application process which are outlined below. Please answer the application questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is the most important step in getting to know you and assessing your best host family match.

Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. Once completed, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager, who will send you a link to begin the application.

Step 2: Provide general information about yourself. Once completed, you will receive a link in your email for the next part of your application (5 minutes)

Step 3: Review and sign the Greenheart Travel terms and conditions with your parents.. Once completed you will receive a link in your e-mail to submit the $1000 deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.

Step 4: Provide more detailed information about yourself, why you want to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience program documents. Once the deposit, general profile, and signed polices are submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad. You will have 1-2 weeks to submit your remaining documents.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule a time to speak about the next steps in the application and acceptance process.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an acceptance packet via email within 4-6 weeks of submitting all application documents.