Have you always wanted to become a foreign exchange student- but never knew quite how to do it? Keep reading to learn more about traveling abroad with iE’s Summer Immersion Programs! To learn more about iE’s Summer Immersion Programs, check out our website!

What are the German / Spanish Summer Immersion Programs?

Each summer, International Experience sends a select group of American teenagers to Germany or Spain for two to three-weeks. This once-in a-lifetime experience allows U.S. teens to experience a different country and culture in an authentic way– It’s  a great way to build confidence and independence, broaden your horizons, and immerse yourself in a new environment – all while also having the support of a dedicated team behind you.


Why should you participate in the Summer Immersion Program?

  • Learn about new countries, cultures, and traditions
  • Make new friends from another country
  • See amazing sights and cities
  • Learn a new language or improve your speaking skills


What is included in the program cost?

The Immersion Program costs $1,000. If your family has hosted an iE exchange student, you are eligible to receive a full scholarship and the program fee will be waived.* Included in the program fee are:

  • lodging – iE carefully screens and selects each student’s host family.
  • meals
  • travel insurance
  • access to an iE Local Coordinator
  • access to a 24-hour emergency hotline

*subject to accepted application; airfare excluded.


How do I take part in Summer Immersion Programs?

  •    Be 15-18 years old
  •    Have a valid passport
  •    Be fully vaccinated by departure date
  •    Be able to travel solo for longer period of time

    No previous language experience required! 


How do I participate in the Summer Immersion Program?

Step 1: Reach out to an iE representative via our website, email, or phone to learn more

Step 2: Apply for the immersion program of your choice.

Step 3: Complete your Immersion Program Participant Agreement


Still aren’t convinced? Here’s what past program participant, Brandon, had to say about his experience.

The three-week German Immersion program was an amazing experience that I will never forget. My host family loves to travel and meet new people, so I felt welcome from the moment I left the terminal. Since my family was so eager to host me, we ended up filling up every day I was there with an activity – so I got to experience a lot of Germany. I think the greatest part of the exchange to me was how independent it made me feel. I had never left the country before, and although I had taken some trips without my parents before, I had never been on my own for that long before. As scary as it sounded at first, it was liberating. I feel more self-reliant and like I am ready for whatever the future may hold.”   -Brandon, German Immersion Program participant