Exchange

http://artmarkmaliwanag.com/category/life/reflection/page/5/ Embark on an exchange program and give yourself the opportunity to live like a local, improve your foreign language skills, make new friends and immerse yourself in a new culture. Have the experience of your lifetime!

France

From $6,690

Do you have a passion for all things French? Are you learning the language and could you see yourself studying and exploring this beautiful country?

http://resortlikenoother.org/portfolio/quis-aute-iure/ Ranked as the number one tourist destination in the world, France is a beautiful and important cultural centre – known for its elegant language, architecture, fashion and sophisticated food.  France has 37 sites in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest, beaches, alps and rural regions that are famous for their beauty and tranquillity.

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The French language has a long history as an international language of literature and is famously described as the language of love. It is also the second most studied language around the world.

 

Picture yourself living in a delightful French village, immersed in the stunning language and rich traditions that the country has to offer.  Imagine on your walk to school, stopping by the local boulangeries to pick up a sneaky croissant or pain au chocolat, before heading to school to learn with all the other students from the village.

 

Most students attend school from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm with a 1-2-hour lunch break.  During your school stay, the opportunity may arise to assist the local teachers with their English classes, which is a great opportunity to see how they teach your native language.

 

Students can attend school in various regions of France, including some of our most popular locations for home-stay and schooling.  These regions include Provence, Ile de France and Aquitaine.

The French definitely know good food, from their crunchy baguettes made fresh daily, to decadent pastries and sweets, they have it all.

 

But they really love their cheese! They eat about 25kg of cheese per person each year, making them the biggest cheese eaters in the world!

 

They also have some other interesting dishes worth trying, such as escargot and les cuisses de grenouille… Will you give these a go? Don’t forget to say Bon Appetit before each meal.

France has great public transport – from the underground metro systems to their TGV (fast trains).

 

Transport is not at a great cost and is typically easy to follow.

The weather in France can vary dramatically depending on where you are; a Mediterranean climate on the southern coast; temperate climate around the rolling hills of the east; the French Alps have more extreme weather (perfect for skiing); and Paris, north and west France have warm summers and cold winters.

 

Something for everyone.

Italy

Italy

From $6,690

Could you see yourself exploring the beautiful streets of Rome, or indulging in the world famous art found in Florence all whilst studying… And eating pizza!

Italy is a country of great beauty – food, architecture, churches, fashion, coastline, beaches, mountains and language. It also has a history that is rich and colourful – having been home to many European cultures, such as the Etruscans and the Romans and later the birthplace of the Renaissance period.

 

It is easy to understand why Italy has long remained one of the most favoured tourist destination with more than 40 million tourists flocking to its shores each year.

 

Experience the beauty of Italy as more than a tourist by immersing yourself in an Italian Family.  Imagine sitting around the table speaking Italian with your host family while eating one of Nonna’s delicious pastas or strolling the cobblestoned streets with your host sibling – gelato in hand.   Picture gazing at the beauty of one of Michelangelo’s works of art or visiting one of the great archaeological sites that reveals rich insights into past civilizations.

 

The experiences are endless – there are beaches to explore, coastal fishing villages, mountains and lakes.  Italy is also home to luxury sports cars – visit the Ferrari factory in Modena or for sports enthusiasts experience the passion and excitement of an Italian football game – Italy’s much loved national sport.

 

Most students attend school from Monday to Friday between 8am and 1pm. During your school stay, the opportunity may arise to assist the local teachers with their English classes.

 

There is also an opportunity to participate in one of the school’s sporting teams or local cooking classes. Every region in Italy has a specialty dish and learning how to cook traditional Italian cuisine will make you very popular when you return home!

 

Outside of school hours, students are free to return home and join their family for a long lunch, then students normally meet their friends in the local piazza to go for a walk (passeggiata), hangout or maybe grab a gelato.

Italians take their food quite seriously.

 

With the main meal of the day being lunch, you can expect a long lunch with the family, traditionally consisting of around five or six courses.

 

Imagine a table set with home grown fruits, bread fresh from the local baker, an array of cold meats, local cheeses, the tastiest tomatoes you’ve ever tried and home-made pasta!

Transport in Italy is affordable, quick and efficient.

 

Trains are reasonably priced, depart frequently and cover the country extensively.

 

Buses are cheaper, slower and best used for getting to more remote villages that are not serviced by trains.

From the Alpine climate of the snow-capped mountains of the north to the Mediterranean climate with year round warmth in the south, Italy’s climate has something for everyone.

 

From beaches to mountains and everything in between.

Spain

Spain

From $6,690

Hola! Does the thought of learning the second most spoken language in the world make you want to flamenco dance your way to Spain?

Spain is widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine.  However, Spain is also steeped in history and culture with some of the most beautiful cities and towns mixing historical monuments with futuristic architecture.

 

The country has a diverse landscape with beautiful mountain ranges, wildly stunning cliffs, picturesque coves of the Mediterranean, tiny villages perched on hilltops and the beauty of coastal outcrops reflective of the old Spain.

 

Spanish people possess a passion for life, expressed through their love of food, the music in their soul and their love of celebrating all the good things in life.

 

Spain is the third largest country in Europe with a population of around 45 million.  Spain’s largest city and capital is Madrid, located in the centre of the country.  Madrid is also Spain’s financial and commercial capital, as it has been for hundreds of years.  Other major urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao and Malaga.

 

The various regions of Spain are quite diverse – with geographical, climatic and historical differences.  Many and varied cultures have gone into the making of Spain, including the Castilians, Catalonians, Lusitanians, Galicians, Basques, Romans, Arabs, Jews, and Roma (Gypsies) —this accounts for the varied cuisines, customs, and prolific contributions to the world’s artistic heritage.

 

Whilst daily life in Spain is the same as in other Western countries, some important practices that are particular to the country still remain.  The most obvious is the organisation of the day and the scheduling of meals. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, is eaten between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Traditionally it was followed by a nap—the famous siesta—but, because most people now commute between home and work, this custom is in decline. Supper, a lighter meal, is also taken late, between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm, or even later during the hot summer months.

Spanish cooking varies greatly from region to region, linked to local products and traditions. The Valencia region is home to one of Spain’s most famous dishes, paella.  Paella is a savoury yellow rice dish with meat or seafood and vegetables.

 

From Andalusia comes gazpacho, a delicious cold soup made of tomatoes, garlic, and cucumber, while the cattle-producing region of Castile boasts succulent roasts and air-dried hams.

 

Tapas are also associated with Spain and is the custom of having a small snack before a meal.  Tapas usually consist of prepared dishes, many of which are quite elaborate and are often smaller versions of main-course dishes.

 

There are hundreds of different tapas, but a few typical ones are mushrooms in garlic sauce, marinated seafood, Spanish omelette, lamb brochettes, and octopus in paprika sauce.

Spain’s network of train and bus services is one of the best in Europe and there aren’t many places that can’t be reached by using one or the other.

 

Madrid and Barcelona have extensive bus and metro systems, however, all cities and provincial capitals have reasonable bus networks.

 

The tram network is making a minor comeback in some places, with Barcelona having a couple of new suburban tram services and limited lines in Seville, Bilbao, Murcia and Zargoza.

 

Compared to other countries in Europe, travel by public transport is relatively cheap in Spain.

The climate of Spain varies greatly from region to region.

 

The northern coastal regions are cool and humid with an average annual temperature of 14 degrees celcius.

 

The Central plateau is cold in winter and hot in the summer; Madrid has a winter average of about 8deg celcius and a summer average of 23 deg celcius.

 

In Andalucia and the Levante, the climate is temperate except in summer, when temperatures can reach above 40deg celcius in the shade!

Germany

Germany

From $7,090

Germany is a combination of spectacular landscapes, vibrant cities, quaint villages, modern architecture and fairy-tale palaces.

Germany is a combination of spectacular landscapes, vibrant cities, quaint villages, modern architecture and fairy-tale palaces.  The country has the world’s fourth largest economy and is home to a wealth of culture, including museums, art and world-renowned orchestras.

 

Berlin is the capital of Germany and since re-unification has become a unique place to visit with its energy and contrasts between the old and new.  The city is home to 175 museums and many buildings that mark milestones in history.

 

Munich is the capital of Bavaria with medieval architecture, a thriving café scene and beautiful city parks.  The Rhine River is a famous waterway with the Rhine Valley being a landscape of castles, timber buildings and terraced vineyards.

 

Students of the World offer an opportunity to experience Germany on one of our 2, 3, 5 or 10 month programs.  Students are hosted all over Germany, in both rural and city locations.  Germany’s public transport system is very good and enables those students placed in rural settings to access nearby cities.  All summer arrivals to Germany meet in Cologne for a 3 day orientation with a local co-ordinator.

 

Germany has a very good public school system.   Our international students attend a local Gymnasium close to the host family’s home. If the school is not within walking distance then the students go to school by bus, tram or bicycle. Our schools are quite large and the classroom might have anything from 15 to 25 students depending on grade and type of class and electives.

Germans are known for their traditional German foods such as hamburgers, pretzel, sauerkraut and schnitzel.  However, they have adapted customs from their European neighbours and there are many different foods on offer.

 

Depending on where in Germany you stay you will find a big variety of foods, many of them rich and hearty as well as tasty and delicious.

Transport in Germany is very efficient, usually allowing many city residence to live without a car.

Cities and regional towns are very well connected by trains, trams and buses.

The high season in Germany is during July and August when many people holiday in both the seaside and mountain resorts and many festivals are held throughout the country.

 

The low season runs from November to March.  During this time people participate in indoor activities such as the theatre, concerts and the opera.  Ski resorts are busiest in January and February.

 

From April – June and September – October the weather is sunny and temperate and is ideal for being outdoors.  During this time flowers are blooming and the gardens and parks are in their glory.

Japan

Japan

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Experience first-hand the balance of rich culture, stunning landscapes and futuristic cities with an exchange to Japan.

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountains and national parks and thousands of shrines and temples.

 

The country is a densely populated with around 127 million people, Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is its biggest city.  Japan is a timeless place, uniquely blending ancient traditions with a very modern way of life.  From the ancient temples of Kyoto to the modern architecture of Tokyo, the country is a feast for the senses.

 

From the neon lights of Tokyo, tropical beaches to the south and breathtaking snow-capped mountains to the north, the country provides rich cultural experiences and breathtaking scenery.

 

There are many cultures and traditions in Japan that need to be respected, especially regarding indoor manners and footwear.  For instance, a clear line is drawn between inside and outside, and indoor and outdoor slippers.  These rules not only apply to most Japanese homes but also in many traditional ryokan, some restaurants and the indoor sections of many temples, castles and other historic buildings.  Japan also has many traditional sports such as sumo, judo, karate, aikido and kendo.

 

Experience first-hand these rich cultures of Japan with a traditional homestay, living with a Japanese family and immersing yourself in everyday Japanese life.

 

There is also the option of participating in a full academic year program or semester-long program.  Whether you stay in a city or in the country, you will gain an enriching experience in an exceptionally safe and secure country.

Japanese cuisine offers a boundless variety of regional and seasonal dishes as well as international cuisine.

 

Rice is Japan’s most important crop and is the primary staple food of the Japanese diet.  A bowl of cooked rice is a central part of traditional Japanese meals.

 

Sushi is the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan and one of the most popular dishes amongst the Japanese.

 

In Japan, sushi is usually enjoyed on special occasions, such as a celebration.  Tofu, udon and soba noodles, tempura, sashimi and ramen are also traditional Japanese foods.

There are many different ways to travel around Japan including train, ferry, bus, car and air.

 

The most efficient way to travel is by train which is fast, efficient, reliable and can get you just about anywhere.

 

Discount rail passes make train travel very affordable.

The high season in Germany is during July and August when many people holiday in both the seaside and mountain resorts and many festivals are held throughout the country.

 

The low season runs from November to March.  During this time people participate in indoor activities such as the theatre, concerts and the opera.  Ski resorts are busiest in January and February.

 

From April – June and September – October the weather is sunny and temperate and is ideal for being outdoors.  During this time flowers are blooming and the gardens and parks are in their glory.