High School Abroad

The 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards: High School Abroad

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Go Overseas Community Choice Awards - High School Abroad

At Go Overseas, we encourage travel early in life. Our High School Abroad pages focus on providing parents and teens with all the information they need to make an informed decision about the best high school programs overseas.

This year, we're proud to honor the following high school abroad providers. These providers demonstrate a level of commitment to safety, fun, and participant outcomes that is evident in the reviews they received. Both teens and parents raved about these providers overall, and across the five factors we ask them to review: Growth, Support, Fun, Housing, and Safety. Read on to learn which High School Abroad providers ranked highest in 2018.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Best High School Abroad Providers

In the Overall category, we looked for those providers whose scores across all factors was highest. The following providers offer a variety of programs in destinations around the world – and participants (and parents) are consistently positive in reviewing their experiences:

1st

The Experiment in International Living


Review Highlight:
"My experience was amazing in every way shape and form. The whole thing was so well organized and my leaders could not have been more amazing people." -- Arden, 16

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2nd

Sol Abroad


Review Highlight:
"The three weeks I spent with Sol Abroad were one of the best weeks of my life!" -- Gabrielle

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3rd

Travel For Teens


Review Highlight:
"This trip not only immersed me into the foreign cultures of countries I've never visited before, but it also benefited me socially, in a way that I never thought was possible." -- Mac, 18

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Top High School Abroad Providers: Growth

In reviewing High School Abroad programs, we ask reviewers to consider the "Growth" factor of the program. This includes both personal and academic growth, since many programs include a combination of both. The following providers had the top scores in the Growth category:

1st

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)


Review Highlight:
"I am so happy that my daughter and I found GLA. It has helped her grow as a person and a global citizen." -- Jodi (parent)

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2nd (tie)

Reach Cambridge


Review Highlight:
"Reach really taught me a lot of things and made me grow as a person." -- Anas

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2nd (tie)

UWC España


Review Highlight:
"Action x Change was a unique opportunity for me to learn and grow. It's a very challenging experience that will help and encourage you to create your own projects to make the world a bit better." -- María, 17

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Top High School Abroad Providers: Support

When we ask reviews to consider the "Support" factor, we want to know how the program ensures participants have both the structure they need and the freedom to explore and learn from the world. The following providers scored highest in the Support category, demonstrating a commitment to helping High Schoolers experience the world on their own – but with support if they need it.

1st

MEI International Academy


Review Highlight:
"The education on the trip was amazing, and the teachers managed to provide amazing support for any concerns or issues the students had." -- Thomas, 17

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2nd

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)


Review Highlight:
"The program staff were very supportive! I felt that I was able to talk to them about whatever I needed." -- Eva, 20

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3rd

Global Public Service Academy for Health


Review Highlight:
"GPSA service-learning programs gave me the opportunity to build mentorship skills and work with/influence the next generation." -- Christina

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Top High School Abroad Providers: Fun

Everyone wants to have fun if they go overseas, even if it's for an academic or learning program in high school! We ask reviewers to rate the fun of almost every program on our site, because we know that's an important component of your experience. These providers have the top scores in the Fun category:

1st

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)


Review Highlight:
"GLA does an amazing job at finding incredible staff, providing a fun, activity-packed trip, and ensuring our safety." -- Madison, 18

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2nd (tie)

Global Public Service Academy for Health


Review Highlight:
"The programs were one of the more demanding/challenging parts of the medical fellow position, but nevertheless rewarding." -- Christina

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2nd (tie)

THINK Global School


Review Highlight:
"TGS is an amazing experience that you cannot find anywhere else. It has sincerely helped my personal growth immensely and challenged myself in multiple ways." -- Liisa

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Top High School Abroad Providers: Housing

In asking reviewers to rate the "Housing" of a program, we mean both the housing and living standards, and in the case of those providers who offer classroom time, the academic institutions where students spend their time too. The following providers had the highest scores in the Housing category:

1st

MEI International Academy


Review Highlight:
"This journey allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of how fun and enjoyable learning can and should be." -- Jerri, 17

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2nd

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)


Review Highlight:
"The housing of this trip was awesome and the beds were comfy. The food was out of this world!" -- Brianna

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3rd

Reach Cambridge


Review Highlight:
"Our housing was extremely clean and nice and the supervisors were always around to help us out. " -- Ava, 16

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Top High School Abroad Providers: Safety

Safety is one of the most important factors we ask reviewers to rate here on Go Overseas; we ask it almost every program on our site. For High School Abroad programs, we want to know about the overall level of safety participants felt while abroad – or how parents perceived the safety of their child on a trip. The following providers had the highest Safety ratings:

1st

MEI International Academy


Review Highlight:
"What is really important to me on a trip is that everyone feels at home and safe. Our teachers made us feel safe and gave us a lot of freedom that we cherished. " -- Robert, 17

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2nd

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)


Review Highlight:
"They were very informative about all aspects involved to send a child overseas to protect students safety and well being." -- Denise (parent)

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3rd

Reach Cambridge


Review Highlight:
"Even the supervisors and everyone in charge have played a huge role in making sure we had the time of our lives and did all sorts of activities, and I will always be grateful for that. " -- Lea, 17

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How We Scored Programs for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards

To find the best High School Abroad providers on Go Overseas, we looked at every review left on the site between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Any provider who received three or more reviews was considered.

To choose the Overall Best High School Abroad Providers we looked at the average scores each provider received across all of their programs and the factors we ask students to rate. We averaged each provider's scores and weighted the score based on the number of reviews they received.

To find the best providers in each category, we averaged all review scores for each provider on just that factor. The best programs in each factor won the awards. Providers who won in the Overall Best category were not eligible to win another award in these categories.

Questions about these awards? Email us.