We're parents too. We know the investment in a summer experience abroad is a careful decision. Our Program Directors are here to guide you and your child through every step of the journey.

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High school study abroad is the gift that gives back

An enriching focus on language immersion that builds life-long communication and cultural understanding skills.

A fun once-in-a-lifetime experience especially designed for teens.

Led by Program Directors driven by their own study abroad experiences and passionate about yours.

Dedicated support and communication pre-departure to help you prepare for your summer abroad.

"My daughter had a wonderful time on her 2 week language immersion program! She came home with increased confidence in her Spanish language skills and stories of great times with new friends that she made while studying abroad. The San Sebastian study abroad program also helped her stand out in the college application and admissions process. There is no doubt it helped her in getting accepted into Georgetown University."

What's Included

  • Academics, travel excursions, group activities, homestay accommodations, transportation to cultural sites, and on-site direction & supervision all are included in your tuition. Horizons Abroad strives to streamline and simplify your child's experience abroad with a daily itinerary that's exciting, enriching, and worth the investment.

  • The following is included in your tuition:

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      Meet and greet with Program Directors upon arrival at the destination airport abroad (eg Madrid Barajas or Paris CDG)

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      Welcome tour of Paris or Madrid

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      Hotel accommodations in Paris or Madrid

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      Morning language class tuition including books and materials

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      Daily cultural activities and excursions

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      Local homestay accommodations with breakfast and dinner included

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      On-site bilingual directors

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      Dedicated pre-departure support and direction

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      Travel insurance

How Air Travel is Organized


  • Air travel to and from the destination country is booked separately and not included in the tuition. Horizons Abroad staff are happy to assist you in securing air travel. Don't hesitate to call our office at (888) 512-1942 with any questions. Airfare between the United States and Paris CDG typically ranges between $1,200 and $1,700. Flights between the United States and Madrid Barajas (MAD) range between $1,100 and $1,700.

  • To ensure smooth operations abroad for your child and the entire group, Horizons Abroad requires that you adhere to the following guidelines for air travel:

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      The starting date for each session denotes the departure date from the United States (eg for the two week Session A, your flight should depart on June 17, 2022).

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      Spain: Your flight must arrive to Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) between 6:30am and 10:30am local time. Flights arriving after 10:00am must be pre-approved by Horizons Abroad (to minimize disruptions to program operations). Your return flight must depart from Madrid Barajas between 6:30am and 12:00pm on your session's end date.

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      France: Your flight must arrive to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) between 6:30am and 10:30am local time. Flights arriving after 10:00am must be pre-approved by Horizons Abroad (to minimize disruptions to program operations). Your return flight must depart from Paris CDG between 6:30am and 12:00pm on your session's end date.

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      If your summer plans do not allow you to travel on the designated start and end dates for the program, please contact our office at (888) 512-2470 or info@yourhorizonsabroad.com to arrange your airport meet-and-greet with a Program Director.

More on Homestay Immersion

  • Homestay immersion is without a doubt the most authentic form of true immersion and connection to the local culture. Horizons Abroad stay with a local, vetted family who speaks the language of study.

  • All Horizons Abroad homestays are selected based on a rigorous application process and are located within walking distance of the local language school. Our application process, conducted alongside our partner language schools, select homestay families based on location, ability and passion for hosting international students, and a background check. While homestays come in all shapes and sizes, many of our families are older, established locals who have the accommodations and the time in their routine to host students.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • In accordance with the latest entry requirements of France and Spain regarding international travel, Summer 2022 Horizons Abroad students should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travel.

  • We are fully committed to the health and safety of our students, homestay families, teachers, and directors. Our current precautions and protocols have been developed alongside our partner language schools, homestays, and vendors to meet or exceed local guidelines enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19. For additional peace of mind, comprehensive travel and medical insurance is included in your tuition. If you have additional questions regarding COVID and studying abroad, please contact our office at (888) 512-2470.

  • Important Note for Summer 2022: Full refunds will be issued to all affected enrolled families in the event that Summer 2022 Horizons Abroad are cancelled due to an inability to travel / conduct standard program operations. We are optimistic about this summer and hope you join us as we all work to get back to seeing the world!

Additional Frequently Asked Questions You have questions.
We have answers.

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Post-Program
  • Who will I be studying abroad with?

    Horizons Abroad participants are high school students in grades 9-12 that come from diverse backgrounds from all over the United States, Canada, and globally. On average, there are approximately 60% girls and 40% boys per program, although this does vary year by year. As we receive a high volume of enrollments in March/April, we often do not have final enrollment estimates until then. Normally each program fills by the end of April with a total of 14-18 students
  • Is there a payment plan?

    Yes, our Payment Plan is easy and flexible. Our standard payment plan requires a $1,000 deposit (which is credited toward the program tuition) upon enrollment. You then have the flexibility of making periodic payments or one final payment by the deadline on April 1st. After April 1st payment is due in full with application. For families needing an extension, we offer a deferred payment plan.

    Please note, credit card payments are subject to a 2.9% processing charge.
  • How do I enroll?

    Once you know the session you'd like to participate in and are ready to enroll, visit our Enrollment page and complete the online registration form. You will need to have your passport handy (to record the passport number and expiration date) as well as the name and email address for your most recent modern language teacher. We will reach out to your teacher for a reference. If you do not yet have a passport, you are able to submit the registration form without including that information. A Horizons Abroad director will follow up with you to offer assistance in obtaining a passport.

    Within 24 hours of submitting the registration form, parents will receive an invoice for a $1,000 deposit. This amount is credited toward the program tuition and is refundable under our standard refund schedule (see below). You're able to pay the deposit and all subsequent payments by credit card, debit card, or e-check. Enrollment is confirmed by a Program Director via email once registration is processed and the deposit has been paid.

    Please note, credit card payments are subject to a 2.9% processing charge.
  • When is the enrollment deadline?

    Enrollments are accepted on a rolling basis with an early enrollment deadline on December 19th (to lock in the lowest prices of the year). Enrollments after April 1st require full tuition payment upon enrolling. Our enrollment period closes 2 weeks prior to the specific session departure date. Please reference our Spain and France program pages for more information on session dates.
  • How do flights work?

    Participants book flights independently and airfare is not included in the program tuition. You are free to book airfare using miles or points.

    All students are met and received by a Horizons Abroad Program Director immediately after retrieving their baggage in their program's gateway city (eg Madrid for Spain, Paris for France). In order to ensure seamless arrivals abroad, we have a specific time window for arrivals:

    > Spain: Your flight must arrive to Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) between 6:30am and 10:30am local time. Flights arriving after 10:00am must be pre-approved by Horizons Abroad (to minimize disruptions to program operations). Your return flight must depart from Madrid Barajas between 6:30am and 12:00pm on your session's end date.

    >France: Your flight must arrive to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) between 6:30am and 10:30am local time. Flights arriving after 10:00am must be pre-approved by Horizons Abroad (to minimize disruptions to program operations). Your return flight must depart from Paris CDG between 6:30am and 12:00pm on your session's end date.


    Arrivals outside of these time windows can possibly be accommodated. Please call (888) 512-2470 or email info@yourhorizonsabroad.com to speak with a Program Director.
  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    If a student withdraws from the program for any reason prior to departure, a refund will be calculated by the following schedule:

    - Before February 1, all but $500 is refundable
    - Before March 1, all but $1000 is refundable
    - Before April 1, all but $1500 is refundable
    - Before May 1, all but $2000 is refundable
    - On or after May 1, program fees are 100% non-refundable

    Withdrawal from a program is effective on the date that written notification is received by Horizons Abroad. The cancellation and refund policy is in effect from the initial receipt of the student’s application and deposit, before he or she is even formally accepted into the program.

    Important Note for Summer 2022: Full refunds will be issued to all affected enrolled families in the event that Summer 2022 Horizons Abroad are cancelled due to an inability to travel / conduct standard program operations. We are optimistic about this summer and hope you join us as we all work to get back to seeing the world!
  • What happens after I enroll online?

    Once you complete our Online Enrollment, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours as well as an invoice for the Program Deposit of $1,000. All payments can be securely made online with a debit card, credit card, or check (e-check instructions are included in the payment process).
  • How should I prepare?

    Upon enrollment, Horizons Abroad will send initial orientation emails to students and parents regarding flight booking information and how to best start preparing. Closer to the start of the program, we will email comprehensive orientation information that outlines what classes will be like, what to expect from your homestay experience, what your daily routine and activities will be, as well as other important information regarding international cell coverage and smart tips for spending money. You'll also be mailed an Orientation Packet with our comprehensive guide, program t-shirt, and other smart traveler gear.
  • What should I pack?

    Detailed packing lists are provided in our orientation information. For U.S.-based students, check the TSA Website for current restrictions. It is a good idea to contact your airline for baggage restrictions and regulations. As the duration of your stay is not of great length, we do not allow bringing large items such as surf boards and bikes (once you arrive you can rent them). These items are a great inconvenience to the homestay, the directors, and the entire group.
  • How much spending money do I need?

    We have specific recommendations for each program with regards to getting money while abroad listed in our orientation information. We encourage budgeting $250-$300 per week for spending money. It is required to bring a debit card with 4-digit PIN linked to a checking account (you can order this through your bank).
  • Should I bring a cell phone / tablet / laptop?

    Although not required, you are allowed to bring a cell phone and a laptop. Please remember that all communication outside of the language of study hinders from your experience abroad. Our orientation information discusses at length technology and communications abroad as well as specific providers that rent international cell phones.
  • Can I arrive and depart whenever I want?

    We understand that families like to make additional summer travel plans before and/or after participation with Horizons Abroad, and that would require a student to not arrive or depart within our designated time windows. We are happy to accommodate most flight/program deviations. For details on permitted arrival & departure deviations, please view our Flight Booking information.
  • What are the classes like?

    Classes are taught by native speakers that have advanced degrees in teaching languages to foreign students. Students are broken up by level (after taking a placement test) into small class sizes of 5-10 students. Our language courses focus on practical acquisition of the language – our goal is to increase fluency and confidence in a short period of time.
  • Are the classes difficult?

    While some courses may involve a grammar quiz or two, the course focus will not be homework and tests, but rather participation and in-the-moment use of the language, vocabulary, and grammar concepts. Instructors encourage practical use of the language through interactive and engaging activities and cultural discussions.
  • What activities and excursions are offered?

    Both the San Sebastian and Biarritz programs have a different set of required and elective activities and excursions that range from cooking classes to sports events and everything in between. Students are not required to participate in all of the activities offered, although participation in 2-3 activities per week is expected. Please review the detailed itineraries for more information on activities and excursions.
  • How will I get around the city?

    All of our program sites are in small, manageable cities and areas. Students will walk and/or take public buses to and from school and activities. This will be one of first cultural differences that students will experience abroad as walking and public buses are the most common modes of transportation in Europe. They are safe, reliable, and convenient ways to explore your new city.
  • Can I earn college credit through the program's classes?

    Yes! Students have the opportunity to earn college credit through independent petitioning once enrolled in a university.

    Horizons Abroad has partnered with language schools that are nationally and globally accredited. These language schools structure their instruction based on the Common European Reference for Language (CEFR). Students in the 2 week Program and 4 Week Program participate in 30 hours and 60 hours of in-class instruction in these accredited programs. Upon completion of their studies, each student will receive a certificate of completion with their language level course number and completed hours of instruction. Horizons Abroad will keep a copy of their certificate of completion on file for up to 4 years.

    Students in our programs have received university credit from both private and public universities in states throughout the U.S. Horizons Abroad may assist the student through the application process but does not guarantee acceptance. Students will need to keep all of their coursework along with their original sealed copy of the certificate of completion. When the student enrolls in the university of their choice, they must independently apply to the campus registrar for their coursework to be applied for university credit. Students must submit their course work and certificate of completion along with their application to the campus registrar. Traditionally, students who have participated in our programs have received 1-2 units of college credit that are usually applied to required language lab courses in the 100 level courses of foreign language classes.
  • Questions? Horizons Abroad Program Directors are available daily between 9am Eastern time to 9pm Pacific time.

Learn more today. Request a brochure or a personal advising session with a Program Director.

Email:
info@yourhorizonsabroad.com
Address:
2021 Guadalupe St, Suite 260
Austin, Texas 78705
United States
Toll Free:
(888) 512 - 2470
Local:
(512) 795 - 1942
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