The rewards of life abroad are amazing and wonderful, but are you up for the unique challenges that come with this experience? You will be away from your friends, family and the lifestyle you are accustomed to. You will have to adapt to a new language, culture, school and host family. Do research on the country you have chosen to learn about customs and daily life. Talk with people who have lived and studied abroad and ask them what challenges they had, as well as what made the experience worth it!
Your parents need to help you make your dream happen. It is important at this stage to make sure your parents support your decision to study abroad and have given you approval to move forward. The application process takes time and effort, so you should make sure your decision has your parents’ “blessing.” If they feel that you are ready for this and understand what is required on their part, you are ready to move to the next step – after lots of big hugs and “thank yous” of course!
You may receive credit from your program, but it is your responsibility to make this happen. Only your U.S. school can decide what you get credit for, so you will approach your guidance counselors to figure out how to get the process moving. Impress them by bringing Quest’s guide
to courses and credits, and be sure that you are clear on what you are responsible for.
Fill out the basic information on our application form
. We will respond to you within one business day of submission.
Your Quest Program Manager will help you narrow down your choices to the specific country and program season that work for you. We are here to help guide you through the process and make decisions that fit your needs. We will speak with your parents and make sure that everybody feels good about the decisions made.
You and your parents will receive a contract, payment agreement, and interview request form. These give concrete information about what is required and gives us a chance to learn more about you and to move forward with your program!
This is when we get to talk face to (virtual) face and assess your suitability for the High School Study Abroad program. This call lasts 30-45 minutes. Parents are invited to speak with us at the end of the call, but the interview questions must be answered by the student alone. There is no preparation needed, other than to talk about yourself, your desire to participate in the program and why you feel you are ready.
You’ll receive the remaining pages of the student application, and your parents will receive an invoice for the $1,000 application deposit. Quest will review your application to ensure all information is complete. Quest sends your application over to our partner in the host country. Don’t worry — because Quest has pre-screened you as an applicant, we don’t anticipate issues with acceptance.
Quest’s partner organization confirms your acceptance, and we will send your parents an invoice for the first half of the program fees.
It’s time to get your passport, if you don’t already have one. If you’ll need a student visa, look at the consulate/embassy website of your destination country and make a list of the visa requirements – in some cases you have to apply in person. Start filling out all of the paperwork well in advance, as visa approval can take some time.
This is the hardest part: waiting for your school and host family information! Making quality placements takes time, and we will need your patience during this important step. Quest will notify you and your parents of a confirmed placement in a school and with a host family. Host family placement information is sent to you once the remaining balance of the invoice is paid. Write to your host family as soon as possible to introduce yourself, and let them know how excited you are to meet them.
If your destination country requires a visa, you will need to finalize the process and book an appointment at the embassy or consulate. Your placement documents are needed to complete this process.
You’ll be provided a preferred arrival date and now it’s time to make your reservation. Keep in mind that Quest cannot take responsibility for changes and/or cancellations for flight reservations.
Your Quest Manager will help you get prepped for your trip with a 30-minute pre-departure orientation within two weeks before your departure. You’ll get an agenda before your call. At this stage we hope you have written all of your remaining questions down so that we can make you and your parents feel prepared for your trip abroad. We will go over the program rules, what to pack, what to do if you need support once you arrive, and more!
Congratulate yourself and your family for making this happen. You are on your way to the study abroad adventure that you’ve earned!
Balance your time abroad — keep in touch with those back home, but remember that the point of studying abroad is to be present and active in your host country. Keep a blog or an online photo album so you can show all of the revelations you have had and the sights you have seen. On a rainy day, you’ll be happy to reflect on your growing experience abroad. Stay in touch with local coordinators and with Quest. We love to hear how you are doing!
At the end of your experience, and after your tearful goodbye with your new best friends and second family, we hope that you will inspire other high school students to follow in your footsteps. Become a Quest Student Ambassador and let us connect you with prospective students who are just where you were when you started the process. You can recount your adventures and help galvanize their decision to study abroad.