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Global Insights students come from diverse countries around the globe. While
they may have different hobbies and interests, students share many of the traits
necessary to be a successful exchange student: flexibility, maturity,
friendliness, and a curiosity about the world around them. Students must be
between the ages of 15-18 and can enroll either for one semester (August-January
or January-June) or for the full academic year program (August-June).
Prior to acceptance onto the program, students are carefully screened through an in-depth application and interview process. Students must be recommended by a teacher in their home country and have a good command of the English language. In addition, they must demonstrate that they are motivated to learn about the American way of life and to participate in family, school, and civic activities. Global Insights students have complete medical coverage throughout their stay in the United States, as well as ample spending money for personal expenses.
Being responsible for the safety and welfare of the student throughout the program, Global Insights expects the highest standards of behavior, manners and etiquette from program participants at all times. Global Insights has established a set of rules, which are binding for every student accepted into our high school program. They are based on common sense, federal and various state laws, United States Department of State guidelines, and the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) standards. They are intended to ensure that our students have a safe and successful experience while on the program. Every Global Insights student and his or her parents read these rules and sign their agreement to obey them as part of the application process.
The Standards of Conduct, Travel/Release Authorization, Program Agreement and Consent Agreement are a part of the Global Insights Student Application and are signed by each student and his/her natural parents. In addition, Global Insights students, as well as their natural parents, must participate in pre-departure orientations to ensure they understand and are in agreement with the policies and procedures of the Global Insights program and that all participants have realistic expectations of the exchange experience.