This program is for students that are serious about attending an American college or high school in the future. The student would live and study in the United States for 2 full semesters (Fall-Winter, Spring-Summer) and return home at the end of the 2nd semester.

To participate in the 1 Year Immersion Program, students must have very good English abilities, above average academic skills, and a lot of flexibility and maturity. Participants live with U.S. host families and attend public high schools, while improving their English, making friends and expanding their vision of the world and themselves.

(Currently the program is structured for incoming 9th grade students only.)

  • Program Details

    • Enrollment in a U.S. public high school for one or two semesters
    • Room and board with an American host family
    • Orientation after arrival in the U.S.
    • Support and supervision of a GCI Local Coordinator
    • Periodic program evaluation
    • Re-entry preparation session
    • Health and accident insurance
    • Airport transfers to nearest airport
    • DS-2019 supporting application for J-1 visa
  • Requirements

    • Be between 13 and 17
    • Possess intermediate English skills (minimum two years of English study)
    • Display a genuine interest in English language and American culture
    • Be willing to adapt to the life of the American host family
    • Agree to accept the family assigned to them by GCI
    • Sign and abide by the GCI Conditions of Participation on the application form
    • Acceptable iTEP / SLATE (English Proficiency) test score
    • Current school 7th-8th grade transcripts
    • Application acceptance from requested High School
  • Program Locations

    • Los Angeles
    • San Diego

“It was very nice to go to the zoo. There are all kinds of animals. They are fun and I like them.”

Chen – GCI Student

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