New exchange program in North America 2022, there are several types of exchanges with different values. You can just work, study, or do both at the same time, which helps pay for your travel and stay in your chosen country.
For those who want to study a language outside the country, the average cost of classes is R$410 per week, with 21 hours per week. But, for those who want to take a professional course, the value can reach up to R$1,200 per week.
The choice of country will also influence the price of your exchange. United States and England tend to be more expensive, while Malta and South Africa are cheaper in 2022.
It is also important to consider the costs of documentation, visas and proficiency tests. Some countries also ask for insurance and a certain amount of money to prove that you can support yourself financially for the period of your exchange.
Therefore, the minimum amount you will spend on the trip is R$11,000, not counting the currency variation.
Of course, not everyone who dreams of doing an exchange can save or spend this money. Therefore, it is important that there are ways to exchange for free, so that more and more people have the opportunity to make this dream come true.
Free exchange in high school
You can do an exchange in high school for free with the help of some NGOs. One of them is AFS which offers scholarships for young people and teenagers who cannot afford a trip like this.
The NGO covers expenses such as:
- Visa issuance
- Round trip tickets
- Family home food
- Health insurance
- Teaching materials
Another 130 dollars of living allowance United World Colleges (UWC) also has a number of free exchange programs. There are several schools around the world that participate in this initiative, which aims to spread peace and understanding among peoples.
Full scholarships are offered to students aged 15 to 19 who are in their first or second year of high school.
To participate, you must be between 15 and 19 years of age, have little or no experience abroad, have never been to the United States, be enrolled in a public school, have low social income, perform well in school, communicate well, have leadership and initiative and being engaged in voluntary and social work
Free undergraduate exchange
You can also enroll in other similar programs, such as Santander Universities. The bank has an agreement with faculties in more than 21 countries with scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Scholarships can last a few weeks, a semester or for a full degree. There are also scholarships for athletes.
Free postgraduate exchange
We have already given some options above, but there are also free exchange options aimed especially at postgraduate, MBA, masters and doctorate courses.
The Carolina Foundation, for example, is a free exchange program in Spain. Scholarships may vary depending on the course you choose, ranging from 51% to 100% of the tuition fee. The program also covers courses with tickets, financial aid and health insurance.
The Leman Fellowship, on the other hand, offers scholarships at the best universities in the world, such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Oxford and Columbia. Scholars are evaluated and selected, so it is necessary to pass a selection process to participate.
Contests and competitions
Have you ever seen a contest that gave away a free exchange as a prize or that covered most of the expenses? This is a very common initiative among exchange agencies, international institutions and other types of organizations.
On the other hand, travel agencies and language school competitions usually cover expenses with courses and teaching materials, leaving accommodation and airline tickets as student obligations.
You can participate in the contests throughout the year. For this, it is necessary to take a test on general knowledge and information about the institution and send a motivation letter. Depending on the exchange or scholarship chosen, it is common for them to request other documents and complementary tests.