About Student Exchange Programmes

Student Exchange Programmes

A student exchange is a platform that provides the students an opportunity to explore the academic curriculum of a school outside his/her native country. The duration varies from 6 months to 1 year. It is not mandatory for the student to stay outside his native country during the entire duration. However, some traveling might be involved in facilitating the different pattern of education in such programmes.

Student Exchange Programme is a familiar concept in the West. However, it is a relatively new concept for developing nations like India. The primary reason is the lack of awareness among the masses as well as the financial constraint. With India becoming a globalized center and accepting the advancements in technology, the reach of the people is widening, their awareness about education is increasing and the importance they give to education is undergoing a positive change. Also, there is a rise in the affordability levels of the parents. Hence, the SEP is now becoming a part of the Indian education system.

How does it work?

The former institution of the student must be a partner with the international institute for SEPs. The students must get in touch with the exchange agencies that would guide them through the procedure, eligibility, duration, fees, etc.

Once the formalities are done, exchange agencies arrange a host family in the host country. The students stay with them and they act as guardians during the students stay in their country.

On returning to the home country, the schools accept the scores of the institution you studied abroad, and you are promoted to the next grade. It should be noted that the students of IB Board have an advantage over the national schools as they might find the same curriculum overseas.

The education at the native school would not be affected in most cases if you are studying abroad for 1 complete year and completing an academic session there.

Benefits-

  • Increases cultural awareness of the students
  • Broaden outlook and perspectives
  • Development of skill sets – personal, communication, social, etc
  • International relations
  • Newer ways of learning
  • Promotion of multi-cultural practices
  • Enhanced confidence and maturity in students

The cost of SEP varies with-

  • Duration of the course
  • Destination of the course

Preferred destinations by the students-

  • Europe
  • US
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • China
  • Brazil

Important information-

International student identity card is the only international proof of your identity as a full-time student. The card is endorsed by UNESCO since 1968 and is issued to students in over 130 countries. The ISIC Association, that issues the card is a non-profit organization, has been addressing the needs of the students and international youth travels for an enriched experience.

There are numerous benefits of the card-

  • Traveling discount
  • Discount on food
  • Discount on accommodation
  • Discount on stationery items
  • Discount at clothes and accessories store
  • Discount at salons, to name a few

To apply for the same, students need to submit the current university identity card, passport size photo, and a birth certificate. To find more, visit- https://www.isic.org/

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