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Secondary School Exchange Scholarship


Since 1928, the ESU has offered thousands of young people the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two or three terms in a private US high school, after A-levels. A Secondary School Exchange Scholarship is a gap year with a difference. Scholars study a range of subjects including some that don’t feature in a British school syllabus. Many scholars take the opportunity to study subjects they dropped at GCSE, or to go into more depth in their chosen degree subject, without the added pressure of A-levels. The study skills that can be gained from the exchange have proven to be beneficial at University: American teaching emphasises independence of thought, and discussions play a large part in the classroom. SSE is also as much a cultural exchange as an academic one. Host schools offer an extensive range of extracurricular activities and facilities, as well as American rites of passage such as spring break, prom, and graduation. Your independence, wider outlook and increased maturity will be of benefit to you at university and in your future career.

Sponsor: ESU

Award Restrictions

Applicants for this award must meet the following criteria:

Locations of StudyUnited States
Nationality RequiredUnited Kingdom
Other CriteriaPlease see our website for all eligibility and application information

Host Institution: Various private American high schools

This award is linked to a specific institution.

Award Specifications

Additional information about this award.

Amount$30,000 - $50,000
Number of Awards10
DeadlineWednesday September 24th
IncludesEach scholarship covers the cost of board and tuition at one of our partner schools in the USA.

Contact Information

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