Foreign Exchange Students
South has a wide variety of international students that come from all over the world including countries like Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Japan, Italy, and Denmark, among others. International students can stay for three five, or up to ten months, while others only stay six to twelve weeks. Students at South have the option of hosting an exchange or studying overseas. They can do this through AFS Intercultural Programs USA and the International Student Exchange Programs [ASSE], which will open up an opportunity to learn more about other cultures around the world. It allows the students who hosted an exchange student to learn how different or similar their lives are.
“Here you can choose the subjects, while in Italy you have to choose what kind of high school and study the same subject for five years,” Martina Cermesoni, a fourth year foreign exchange student from Italy staying for ten months, said.
Some students say that the school system is surprisingly easier or less strict than in their home country. School systems varies from country to country, which Cermesoni pointed out, and there are multiple types of high schools that focus on a particular area of study, such as sciences, business, etc.
“Chemistry is kind of the same, but we don’t usually do [a lot of] experiments as here… in Italy when we study english we are more [focused on things] like studying texts or [the] grammatical part,” Cermesoni said.
When the student chooses what type of school they want to go to they are given 12 subjects to study over the course of five years. In France there is also a high school system similar to Italy, called Lycée. The two main traditional Lycée are Lycée général or Lycée clasique, and Lycée technique.
“South is great it’s a lot of fun. Football is fun, teachers are great, students are great,” Thore Schedler ‘17, an exchange student from Germany that is staying for ten months, said.
He is going back to Germany after the end of this academic year, and football is one of his favorite things to do at South. Schedler wished the politics in Germany could come to the United States [U.S.], and hoped that Germany had the same motivation as the U.S., as well as adapting to some of the culture.
“You have this schedule and you have these subjects and you have one class that you stay with for the whole year,” Benedikte Pedersen ‘17, an exchange student from Denmark staying for ten months. “So it’s more like here [South] you can move from one class to another you can switch classes, you can’t do that in Denmark.”