Studying Abroad: Primary and Secondary Level
Students in the elementary and secondary grades go abroad to study for the same reasons that older students do--cultural enrichment and foreign experience--and also because their parents may go overseas to find work or be transferred there by an employer. School-age children studying abroad may be enrolled in a U.S. style school, either private or U.S. government operated, or be enrolled in a local school that is part of the education system of the country in which they reside or a neighboring country. Whatever the reason for going abroad to study at this level, parents and children are often frustrated by the lack of information and assistance available for people in their situations. USNEI is attempting to help remedy this problem by providing the information presented here.
Education in Other Countries
Placing a child or dependent young adult in a foreign school requires following the laws and regulations of the education authorities in the host country, and the rules of the school itself. Studying in a local school overseas can be an exciting and enriching experience for any child.
USNEI provides links to Web sites overseas that describe the primary and secondary school systems of individual countries. You can find these sites under National Information Sources. Not all countries have such sites.
Other essential information can be found under Going Abroad, which provides links to U.S. agencies and foreign government representatives that you need to know about and work with in order to have a successful overseas experience for you and your family.
American-Style Education Abroad
U.S. Pattern Schools Abroad. The U.S. Department of State provides extensive information on, and links to, overseas schools that provide primary and secondary education following the U.S. model and that award an American high school diploma. Most of these schools are privately controlled and charge fees for tuition and, in some cases, room and board.
DOD Dependent Schools. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) operates an extensive network of elementary and secondary schools for the children of its personnel stationed abroad, as well as for the children of employees of other agencies and contractors. This system of schools is fully accredited by U.S. regional associations and are staffed by licensed U.S. teachers and administrators.
Reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Department of Education.
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