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What is TWO WORLDS UNITED?
Two Worlds United is an
educational organization, we
programs. Two Worlds
that travel is education and
the world is a classroom.
Two Worlds United programs
allow students to combine
classroom work with hands-on
experience and total
immersion in many of the
world’s best destinations.
Two Worlds United has over
15 years of experience in
programs for youth, our
focus is to provide
individualized support to
each participant and to
provide a quality program
programs. Our staff is
comprised of educators who
have a background and hands
on experience in educational
travel, each counselor and
administrator of the program
was at one time a
participant in an
Each Two Worlds United
to prepare students for the
experience of living and
traveling abroad. During
learn about the customs and
characteristics of the
country in which they will
be living in order to help
them fully experience and
enjoy their stay abroad.
goal of the Two Worlds
United program is to bring
unity among cultures,
introducing youth into a new
world in which they can
share their own culture with
those encountered abroad.
Two Worlds United
focus on uniting two
cultures, the contribution
of the student to the host
culture is as important as
the contribution of the host
culture to the student. For
Two Worlds United
and selects participants
that are highly motivated to
learn about customs and
cultures other than their
own. Selected participants
are chosen for their
responsibility, and overall
positive attitude and
A TWO WORLDS UNITED program
complements your formal education
in important and exciting ways.
Imagine living overseas for
anything from one to twelve
months. You’ll be placed with
a host family and attend a local
school. You’ll live like a local
and become immersed in the culture.
You’ll learn the language and
gain valuable international
experience. You’ll learn a lot
Being a Two Worlds United
exchange student is a challenging,
rewarding and fun experience.
You’re not a tourist or a guest.
You’re actually living in
your host country as a member
of that community.
Two Worlds United student
exchange programs promote tolerance,
maturity and independence. They
also encourage an international
perspective. In a very competitive
world these are highly sought
Two Worlds United student
exchange programs are an investment for
life. The experience can be
beneficial in many different
and valuable ways:
- Learn another language
and open career doors you
didn’t know existed
- Get to know how others
live and come to see the
world from another perspective
- Test yourself and acquire
independence and maturity
- Make new friends and
appreciate old ones even
- Gain experience and
- Learn about the world
Long after you return home
your exchange experience will
influence and inform your life.
It will provide you with a substantial
backdrop from which to make
future study and career choices.
Employers are increasingly alert
to the benefits of a Two Worlds
United student exchange
experience will set you apart
from the crowd and mark you
as someone who has proven themselves
in challenging circumstances.
Experience is everything.
You are eligible to participate
on an exchange program with
Two Worlds United if you meet
the following requirements:
- still at school when
- in good physical and
- have maintained the
equivalent or better than
a C grade average since
- are mature and open-minded
- are flexible, adaptable,
responsible and ready to
- are between 15 and 18
years old (exceptions can
be made for 14 and 19 year
TWO WORLDS UNITED FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the Two Worlds United Student Exchange requirements?
Successful applicants will be:
» High School students
» Age between 15 to 18
years of age.
» Two years of high school
level or equivalent of Foreign language.
» Good academic level (overall
GPA of at least a C)
» Maturity to adapt to
» Successful score in a
How long are the programs?
For the Academic Year Program, the program length
is 9 to 11 months depending upon the destination country.
For the Semester Program, the program is between
4 to 6 months depending upon the destination country and depending
upon the Semester that is attended, i.e. Fall or Winter Semester.
The Summer Homestay Programs range from two to
eight weeks during the summer months. Students may choose
the length of Summer Homestay that best fits their schedule and
Short-Term Language Programs range from 2 weeks
to 3 months.
- I don’t have much foreign language
experience. How can I go to school in another country?
You are not required to know the language of your host country,
although it is certainly helpful. Many Two Worlds United students are like you,
starting off with little or no host country language experience.
But soon they are able to communicate at a basic level, and a lot
of Two Worlds United students are fluent after a year. There is no better way
to learn a language than by speaking it 24/7!
How do I apply?
If you meet the requirements for the
program in which you would like to participate, you need to complete
Online Pre-application Form.
Once your completed Enrollment
Form is received, you will be sent a full application and more information
about the program of your choice. The completed application
must be received in the Admissions Department by the deadline date.
Once your application is reviewed by the Two Worlds United Organization and you
are found to meet all program requirements, arrangements will be
made for an interview with an Area Representative in your
Keep in mind each program has a different
application deadline. The deadline applies to the receipt
of the full application and not the Enrollment Form. The Enrollment
Form needs to be completed and received by the Main Office at least
two weeks prior to the application deadline. The application deadline
for the Academic Year and Semester program is June
2009, for the Summer Programs is June 25th 2009. After these
dates applicants who wish to participate in the program should include
a late fee of $450 (the late fee will be fully reimbursed if the
student is unable to be placed in the time remaining.)
IF YOU HAVE MISSED THE DEADLINE please contact the Two Worlds United Admissions
Office. The program you are interested in may still have availability
even though the deadline has passed.
How much does it cost?
There is a $950 enrollment fee for each student. This enrollment
fee is deducted from your program tuition. Please refer to
Tuition Fee List to determine the full price of the program
you are attending. The full price of the program varies
depending on your destination country and length of program you
Fee List lists the full price of the program.
Is the $950 enrollment fee refundable?
If you are not accepted into the Study Abroad program, or withdraw
before acceptance, your $950 enrollment fee will be refunded minus
a $95 application processing fee. Once you are accepted into the
Student Exchange program, your $950 enrollment fee becomes non-refundable.
When is my final payment due? Can
I pay in installments?
Students are able to pay the program fee in several payments, please
keep in mind the following guidelines:
» One half of the program fees is due upon acceptance
» The second half of the program fees is due upon
» Full payment is due upon 60 days before departure
What is included in the program
Besides support during the application process and throughout
your study abroad experience, you can also look forward to the following:
Placement in a carefully selected host family.
Enrollment in a High School in the destination country.
In-country transportation to host community.
Local Coordinator in the
area of your placement.
24-hour worldwide emergency assistance throughout
Student Handbook and other information.
-Does Two Worlds United offer scholarships
or other financial assistance?
Yes, Two Worlds United offers partial scholarships from $250 up
to $1800. Qualified students
may apply based on criteria which may include: academic
grade point average, financial need, number and level of courses
attempted in high school, rank in class, and information
included on the International Awareness Scholarship application.
Each scholarship is based upon meeting the individual
scholarship requirements and the application competition.
Please consult with our Admissions office to find out more about
the Two Worlds United scholarship programs available to you.
What happens after I get accepted?
Two Worlds United assists you with the international travel
arrangements to your host country destination; we will provide you
with a pre-departure orientation; and familiarize you and your parents
with the program the goals of the program, its regulations, the
administrative procedures, and the adjustment issues that may arise
overseas. For the academic year and semester programs, Two Worlds United also
assists the student in creating realistic expectations and preparing
for culture shock.
In the host country, prior to your arrival, the
Two Worlds United overseas program will locate, screen, select and prepare the
host family to receive you. For our academic programs, Two Worlds United also
ensures that each student is properly enrolled in a local high school. After your arrival, Two Worlds United provides local supervision,
care and assistance to the student and his/her host family throughout
the term of the exchange program.
Will I be able to receive credits
for the classes that I take overseas?
Each high school has their own policies and requirements on transfer
credits. Your transfer credits will be based upon your high school's
specific policies and, therefore, Two Worlds United cannot guarantee that you
will receive credit for coursework completed abroad. We recommend
that you plan ahead and take any specific courses that you need
to meet graduation requirements, before or after you go abroad.
You should discuss these matters with a guidance counselor as soon
as you decide to study abroad and get written documentation of what
is required by your school. Your counselor can also consult Two Worlds United's
high school page on our website for more information on coursework
abroad and transferring credits.
What kind of support will I receive
while I am abroad?
Each exchange student has an assigned local representative
to supervise, monitor and provide support throughout the entire
exchange program. The local representative provides assistance
to the student, host family, and school. This representative
is available if the student has any questions or problems that require
extra assistance. In addition, 24-hour Emergency Assistance
is available in each of Two Worlds United's destination countries to ensure that
students can reach Two Worlds United Staff abroad 24 hours a day in the event
of an emergency.
Who are the local representatives?
The Local Representatives work as a part of the
Two Worlds United Exchange Program. Many have been involved with exchange
students for more than 15 years. They are motivated
by the opportunity to work with young people from other nations,
and they have a true cultural and educational interest. Local Representatives
participate in on-going training and attend training conferences
periodically throughout the year.
How are host families selected?
Host families are carefully
chosen by Two Worlds United Representation Abroad based upon
their desire to host a visiting student and their ability to
provide a safe, comfortable home and a positive cultural
experience for their new family member. Host families are
screened in a multi-step process to evaluate their background
and suitability to provide accommodation to an exchange student.
-I know a family in my program country
that would like to host me. Is this possible?
In some instances, it is possible to arrange a direct placement.
However, even if the family is familiar to the student, they must
undergo the same application and screening process as other potential
host families. Therefore, there is no guarantee that the placement
can be arranged by the organization. Students cannot be placed with
family members in their host country.
-What if I don't get along with
my host family?
An exchange student must be adaptable and make a serious effort
to adjust to living with the host family. Please keep in mind that
it is the student's responsibility to adapt to the family's lifestyle
and rules, even if they are different from what they are accustomed
to in their own home. Your local representative will assist
you with this adjustment process. Two Worlds United and its partner organizations
try first to resolve all problems through discussion and mediation.
However, if it is absolutely necessary, we will make the necessary
arrangements to move the student to a more suitable host family.
-Can I choose where I am placed?
Some TWU Programs allow students to select a destination city.
Most TWU Summer Programs allow students to choose from a variety
of destination cities even metropolis cities. These
programs are the best choice for students who have a specific
destination city in mind. Academic Trimester, Semester and
Year programs in Australia with TWU offer choices of Sydney,
Melbourne and other popular destination cities for students to
choose from. Trimester, Semester and Year Programs in
other destinations are widespread and students must be prepared to accept any placement that is
selected for them. In these long-term programs, our primary goal is to find a good host family match for
each student. Therefore, it is not possible to guarantee any specific
location for students enrolling in these Trimester, Semester and
Academic Year Programs.
-Where are students generally placed
in different countries?
Students are placed in large and medium size communities or capital
cities, however, this varies depending on the country. Please check
the specific country for more details.
Is the teaching method different
that in my country?
The teaching method in our destination
countries may be very different from those in your home country.
This is a part of the experience of being an exchange student.
In each country the educational system has its own characteristics.
Often students meet together in small groups to study together,
getting in on one of these study groups is quite easy and will be
very helpful in making the transition into a new school system.
Do I have more help in the event
that I am having problems understanding?
In addition to the help provided by the teachers
in the school, the student will have a lot of support from the
local representatives who are available
to provide assistance to students. Local representatives can
help students to find tutors or to find local language programs
that are helpful in speeding up the process of learning and speaking
Do I have someone to help me if
I have questions that are not school related?
Two Worlds United provides each student with
a Local Representative within the community where she/he lives.
The Local Representatives are responsible for screening and
selecting the right family and high school for each student.
Local Representatives keep direct contact with the student, the
family and the High School for the complete period of the
program. They are at the disposition of the student in the
event of any difficulty or questions that may arise. They
are the center of support for the student throughout the
study abroad program
Rules for TWO WORLDS UNITED
Students must respect the
privacy of the Host Family
and shall not use the
personal belongings of the
Host Family without their
Students must obey Host
Family regulations regarding
curfew, smoking, drinking,
dating, and household chores
for which they are
Students may not have guests
in the Host Family home
without their Host Family’s
consent and supervision.
Students must discuss
appropriate use of the
telephone and internet with
the Host Family in order to
under-stand what billable
charges are incurred by use.
When the TWO WORLDS UNITED
Program involves classes or
courses as a component of
the Program students are
responsible for attending
school and achieving
satisfactory grades of at
least a “C” (or equivalent)
Students must follow all
requirements. Students who
are expelled from school due
to poor behavior, low grades
or absenteeism will be
dismissed from the Program
with no reimbursement of
Local, State and National
Students are subject to the
authority and laws of their
Host Country and must obey
all national, state, and
local laws and school
students enjoy no special
Students may not drive motor
vehicles during their
Program, even if they are of
legal driving age or are in
possession of a valid
Self-endangering acts are
not allowed including
could result in personal
harm, includ-ing (but not
limited to): frequenting
association with criminals,
intoxication, purchase or
possession of weapons, etc…
Conduct: Student’s shall
refrain from using abusive
language towards TWO WORLDS
UNITED staff, school
faculty, Host Family, local
participants; any form of
disorderly, indecent or
obscene conduct, gestures or
actions; theft or vandalism;
committing property damage
of any kind, including,
without limitation, to any
of the TWO WORLDS UNITED
facilities, the Host
Family’s property or school
Alcohol & Drugs: Students
may not drink or purchase
including beer and wine.
Possible dismissal from the
TWO WORLDS UNITED Program
may result if the Student is
found to have purchased or
beverages. Students may use
only those drugs prescribed
by their doctor (or
over-the-counter in the Host
Country). Use or possession
of illegal drugs during the
TWO WORLDS UNITED Program is
grounds for immediate
dismissal. Students may not
buy, sell, possess or use
drugs that are illegal in
their home or Host Country.
Exchange Students arrested
for drug possession will
face the same penalties as
citizens of the Host
Country, which may include
mandatory ﬁnes, prison terms
or severe penalties.
Travel: Students are not
allowed to travel while
school is in session without
the written permission of
their school and other terms
of this Agreement. For
travel outside of church or
participants are allowed to
travel overnight on trips
only if the natural parents
sign the Parental Travel
Release Form and have
written permission from TWO
WORLDS UNITED, their
Representative, and Host
Family. Students are only
allowed to travel if they
are not missing school. All
students must provide all
necessary documentation and
permission to their
Representative and TWO
WORLDS UNITED at least 2
weeks prior to the trip. To
travel after the Program,
Parents must give written
permission and sign a
Program Release Form.
Students may not visit their
home country during the
Program without written
authorization from TWO
WORLDS UNITED. Home country
travel during the Program
may be approved by TWO
WORLDS UNITED in speciﬁc
circumstances as deemed
appropriate and permissible
by TWO WORLDS UNITED.
Students may not hitchhike
or travel independently.
Life-Changing Decisions: TWO
WORLDS UNITED Students may
not initiate “life-changing”
decisions while on the
Program. This includes
changing religion (though a
Student may explore the
tenets of any faith),
pregnancy, and/or marriage.
Students may also be
dismissed from the Program
if they develop a life
threatening medical disorder
such as anorexia or bulimia
while on the Program.
that while TWO WORLDS UNITED
reviews each Student’s
situation on a case-by-case
basis, infraction of any of
the above rules and/or
unacceptable behavior may be
grounds for dismissal from
the TWO WORLDS UNITED
Program. TWO WORLDS UNITED
reserves the sole and final
right for decisions on
Student dismissals and may
return a Student to their
home country immediately at
any time at their own