WEP International Programs

High School programs • Family Stay • Teacher Assistant & more!

High School Plus in Italy
High School Flex  •  Area Choice & Special Request

  • Age: min.14 max. 18 years old upon arrival
  • Duration: 1 academic year, 1 academic semester, term (12 weeks), short term (8 weeks)
  • Arrival:
    year, semester : beginning of September or end of January
    (short) term : from beginning of September to beginning of March
  • Accommodation: volunteer host family
  • Language: Italian

The Country

Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments plus delicious traditional food are everywhere around the country. Its great cities of art are world famous and have been attracting visitors for centuries. Italy also features beautiful coasts, lakes and mountains. No wonder it is often nicknamed the Bel Paese (beautiful country). 

School Life

The Italian educational system is quite difficult and expectations are high. Participants will be enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the five years of the scuola superiore program; they will follow classes in a local liceo from Monday to Saturday morning. Classes include Italian, Mathematics, Sciences, Physics, Foreign Language (English, German or French), Geography, History, Physical Education... The school year runs from September to June.
School Day
• 8.30am to 1.30 - 2.00pm
• Saturday classes may be allocated


Participants will live with an Italian family. Like family members they will share the family’s everyday life, participate in activities and adapt to the family rules as if it were their own.
Host families are volunteering and they can have children or not, live in a city, a town or in a countryside, in a house or in an apartment.

Rome Orientation

• Uppon arrival
• Culture workshops and sightseeing
• Optional

Short trips

  • During the program
  • Florence, Venice, Sardinia...
  • Optional

Choose your option

Area Choice

Urban Area

Special School Request

WEP gives your students the possibility to choose the final destination of their exchange program.

Please note that the Area Choice may include different regions within the chosen area. 

The Area Choice does not guarantee specific cities.

The program availability is limited. 

Your students are highly motivated for a high school program in Italy but they are not comfortable with possibly being placed in a rural area with limited public transport. 

WEP guarantees to place them in an urban environment (town of 40.000 inhabitants minimum, or quick access to a 40.000 inhabitant town).

Your students would like to make a special school request (school grade or school subjects). WEP is happy to guarantee this option! Please note that whichever school request you choose we will also guarantee the school record transcript. 

Italy - Area Choice Map
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Terms of Participation

• Be min. 14 and max. 18 upon arrival 
• Have good academic results 
• Basic knowledge of Italian is recommended 
• Have travel insurance covering sickness, accidents, repatriation and third party liability

Financial Terms

Included :
  • host family search, screening and placement process 
  • accommodation as described 
  • school registration 
  • transfer on arrival 
  • 24 hours emergency support 
  • coordinator assistance & progress reports 
  • orientation meeting 
  • WEP support to obtain the permit of stay 
  • administrative costs.

Not included :
  • return transportation 
  • local transportation 
  • school costs 
  • lunch if taken at school 
  • personal expenses 
  • travel insurance 
  • passport & visa fee.

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“It was a very enriching experience for me. It wasn’t always easy, but I discovered some wonderful people and a very beautiful culture. As well as learning to speak the language, I was able to overcome my shyness. It was a really great experience!.” Charlotte, WEP student from France