The second most populous country in the world, dozens of religions, languages, and ethnic groups shape the incredibly diverse culture of India. In the country of the Ganges River and the majestic Himalayan Mountains you will discover a mix of traditional sarees and modern suits, learn Yoga, and see food carts with fried vegetables and fish lining the streets.

Watching and playing sports, movies, shopping, going to the beach top teen activities. However, school has the absolute priority for young people and they often spend a lot of their free time studying. Dating in India is not very common.

People of India

Humility, nonviolence and respect for the elderly tend to be universal values in India. Sharing and the community are also very important – you can even share the food on your plate with others freely as a sign of closeness. People in India usually focus more on the needs of the group over an individual. The Indian communication style tends to be rather indirect, and you will rarely hear someone saying an outright no to an invitation. Vegetarianism is quite common in India.

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Host Family & Community

You may be hosted anywhere in India. No matter where you are, several generations often live together, and decisions about education or marriage are rarely made without consulting other family members. The Indian sense of community means that you should try and spend as much time as possible with others at home, rather than be alone behind closed doors.


Education is quite demanding in India. You will most likely attend the 11th grade at an Indian public school (which are considered private schools around the world). Depending on which state you are placed in, your school year may start in March (Delhi) or in June (South India). You will choose one of the four tracks of study: engineering, medical, commerce or (liberal) arts. Exchange students usually take (liberal) arts track, where they learn economics, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology etc. You should also try out one of the extracurricular activities offered in schools, such as drawing, games, group discussions, cricket or basketball.

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Hindi and English are the official languages, but you can expect to speak English during most of your exchange in India and should know it before the program. There are 22 different languages that have been recognised by the Constitution of India, as well as other local languages and dialects depending on the area.


Food is a big part of Indian culture, and it is as diverse as you can imagine depending on the region. Full of flavor and often spicy, meals are a great time to socialize and be with your family. Indian cuisine consists of lots of vegetables, beans, lentils, rice and only sometimes meat, so vegetarians will have plenty of options to choose from.

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Year Exchange PROGRAM

Program Date: July 3, 2018 – May 7, 2019
Birth Date Range: January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003

During your time in India you can meet lots of new people, learn new languages, try delicious new foods, and create memories that will last a lifetime. India’s unique culture has been heavily influenced by its rich spiritual and religious traditions, and Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism all originated there. You’ll get a chance to experience the enormous diversity that India has to offer; there are literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures.

Program dates may vary and are meant to help with general scheduling only.
All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and programs are filled first-come, first-serve.

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