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Study Abroad Program
Programs to the USA are classed as study abroad programs. This means that your host family will be paid a stipend to cover your basic living expenses. Program rules and expectations remain the same as on a WEP student exchange program.
In the USA, each school routine is different. However school will begin at around 8:00- 8:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm. Students are expected to do between two and four hours of homework every night. When you know which school you will be attending it’s important to research the subjects you may be studying and individual school expectations. The Americans take their studies seriously and if students fall below the C average they can be put on an academic probation until improvements are seen.
Although you will be speaking English in the USA, you may be surprised at the difference between Australian-English and American-English. Just because you speak the same language, doesn't mean there won't be challenges with the language. Here are a few variations of Australian-English words, as spoken by Americans:
Autumn-Fall, Chemist-Drug Store, Curtains-Drapes, Doona-Duvet, Footpath-Sidewalk, Mate-Buddy, Reception-Lobby, Tap-Faucet, Togs-Swimmers, Torch-Flashlight ... to name a few!
The United States is a huge country, covering four different ranges of latitudes. The climate varies across the country greatly, but be prepared for cooler temperatures in January (winter), and warmer weather in August (summer).
Depending on daylight saving and the location of your placement, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between 13 to 17 hours ahead of the USA.
For August departures: students must be at least 15 by 20 July.
For January departures: students must be at least 15 by 20 December.