Exchange programs provide students with the chance to live and study in another part of the world. They can expose students to new cultures, languages, friends, and education systems. Alberta Education offers two types of student exchange programs.
Students can participate in an organized reciprocal student exchange program like Alberta Education's exchange programs. They can arrange these exchanges privately through an organization or on their own through an agreement with friends or family.
A one-to-one reciprocal student exchange involves two students who either:
a) Switch places and study at one another’s schools
b) Study together in an Alberta school district and then in the exchange school for equal periods of time
Students who are participating in an exchange that is not an Alberta Education exchange program must complete a Reciprocal Student Exchange Approval Form before they leave for their exchange (instructions for completing the form). The form is only needed if the exchange is one year long.