Hi I'm Lindsay and I really want to go to a different country as a foreign exchange student but... I need to be able to get a full scholorship. I have found several different scholorship programs that look promising (NSLI, Yes abroad, YFU) but now I have a bunch of questions about them. First off, which do you think is better; a summer program or a full year program because I really want to do full year but, my mom wants me to do summer. She doesn't feel comfortable with me being gone for so long. I'm also wondering how hard it is to get into these foreign exchange programs. I have a GPA of a 4.25 but I don't do many extracurriculars. I do colorguard year round though and I volunteer alot so I'm wondering if that is enough. My parents are also worried about how I will learn anything in school if I go to a foreign country where I don't speak the language. I know I have so many questions but please let me know if you have any answers! Thanks a bunch!
I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer, since I haven't gone anywhere yet. I've made semi finals for YES Abroad, and if your mom would be alright with you going full year, I recommend YES Abroad. The staff is so helpful, as soon as you start your application they call you and ask if you have questions. I have several friends who came to the US on the YES inbound program, and they had fabulous experiences here. YES Abroad is very competitive (I'm still not even sure I'll be a finalist), but you have nothing to lose by applying! The essays make a big difference, I think, and I'm sure volunteering is a good enough extracurricular. Everyone from YES Abroad would be happy to answer any questions, but I don't think the application will be posted until fall 2012 and the deadline will be in January.
Hi Lindsay!!! Have you decided to do the summer or a year program? Or are you still thinking about which one would be the best option for you? I would have to agree with Sarah, I think a year abroad would be such an amazing and also life changing experience! I did a year in Japan and since then, it has helped me mold my career path. If I were you, I'd say go ahead and apply for both programs. What ever decision you make will be the right decision. Good luck! (^_^)