STUDY HIGH SCHOOL AUSTRIA
- No language requirement
- Many domestic trips and group activities
- Choice of special profile schools
- Village orchestra for students who play instrument
- Orientation included
Austria is a small country located in the heart of Europe most known for being a residence of classical music. The country is also known for its beautiful cities and villages. Vienna was nominated as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide (result of 215 Metropolitan Cities).
Snowboarding is common among young people, as well as surfing and sailing in one of the lakes. There are different kinds of schools e.g. sports orientated gymnasiums, music orientated schools, science orientated schools, economics orientated gymnasiums, tourism orientated gymnasiums, handicraft orientated schools, pedagogic and kindergarten orientated schools, and agricultural high schools.
Host families in Austria do not get paid for hosting a student. Most host families live in small communities near a bigger city or town.
Austria is famous for its natural splendour. Towering peaks overlook crystal lakes and thick green forests. Did you know that the world’s toughest downhill skiing race, Hahnenkamrennen, is organized in Kitzbühel, Austria, every year? Don’t forget your skis and your boots!
Area: 83 856 square kilometers.
Population: approximately 9 million.
National holiday: 26 October.
Austria is probably most known for being a residence of classical music. In the 18th century Salzburg became the centre of baroque music. It was in Salzburg where Mozart was working, even if he also spent time in Vienna. Vienna was like a musical magnet, where everything was done to the accompaniment of stimulating waltzes. This was where classical music thrived and where composers from all over Europe went on pilgrimages. The country is also famous for its incredibly beautiful cities and villages. Much of the older architecture dates from the 17th century and the slightly newer buildings and structures were erected in a romantic style. Austria is a country with a revolutionary history. From the time when Charlemagne founded his territory and christened lost Vandals, Huns and Romans, to the huge kingdom and power of the Hansberger’s that lasted until the First World War. Today’s modern republic has matured slowly to become one of the favorite countries for the tourists of the world. In addition to wonderful cities, the nearness to lakes, forests and mountains enables Austria to offer a great variety of activities. Depending on what you feel like doing, you can easily and quite simply set about whatever it is that you are in the mood to do. Austria is the cradle of the classic alpine ski style, and if you would like to practice a stylish and safe ski technique you have come to the right place. The whole alpine skiing circuit started with local competitions in the Austrian Arlberg area, where many well-known ski resorts are situated. Most families go on short ski trips, or go skiing during the weekends in the mountains. Snowboarding is very common among young people. Surfing or sailing in one of the lakes is also a popular activity. Horseback riding, football, tennis and volleyball can be practiced nearly everywhere. Activities are not included in the program fee. For those students, who play an instrument, it is very common to join the village orchestra, where students have the chance to practice and play with more than 40 musicians. When you live in a town, or make a trip to a city, there are museums, theaters, musicals and much more to enjoy.
• No language requirement, basic knowledge of German recommended.
• Optional language course.
The BFME Difference
In Austria there are no school uniforms. There are mostly public schools, but some schools are private schools with a school fee. Austrian youths study eight years at high school (Gymnasium). There are different kinds of schools e.g. sports orientated gymnasiums, music orientated schools, science orientated schools, economics orientated gymnasiums, tourism orientated gymnasiums, handicraft orientated schools, pedagogic and kindergarten orientated schools, and agricultural high schools. First grade of high school starts when the students are ten years old, and then goes on until the final examination (“Matura”) in the 8th grade. The students are then ready to go on to university. Most exchange students are placed in 5th, 6th or 7th grade, depending on their previous knowledge of German. You can come to Austria and go to a Gymnasium if you have taken an intensive course in your home country. You can also take extra lessons in Austria during the first few weeks. Of course, without an acceptable German it is not possible to get grades in the subjects that you will be taking. So this means that you need a German course! to get grades you need to write every test in the subject you want grades! The most common subjects (basic subjects) are English, German, Mathematics, History, Biology, Sports, Music, Physics, Geography, French and Latin. You can substitute one or two of them. This means, that instead of Latin or French, you can take part in a lower grade in German, where they teach much more grammar then in your grade.
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by living with a local family. Not only will your French host family provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, they’ll introduce you to local customs, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.
Our host families are as diverse as our high school students. Whomever you’re placed with, all host families are carefully screened and matched with you based on personality profiles and common interests. Through your host family, you’ll build a home away from home and develop relationships that endure long after you’ve finished your high school study abroad program.
EUROPEAN TOUR In the end of June, BFME Office offers a three-week bus tour around Europe. You get to visit 10 countries together with students from all over the world. The price includes accommodation, half board, sightseeing, most entrances and activities, Disneyland in Paris etc. Please contact us for more detailed information regarding the tour.
HOST FAMILY LIFE
Host families in Austria do not get paid for hosting a student. Most host families live in small communities near a bigger city or town. Austrian towns are very picturesque and often feel somewhat small compared to other European cities. Many host parents work, therefore the students should be mature enough to prepare their own lunch or warm up some food. Normally the family eats together in the evening. Families have only one warm meal per day, if it is for lunch, the dinner will be bread, cheese and sausage, yogurt and fruits. You will most definitely have the chance to go sightseeing with your family. Many places are rather close by in Austria, and weekend trips to adjoining countries are not unusual. Austrians are known for their “Gemütlichkeit”, i.e. their warm and friendly ways. Therefore, you can be sure to feel welcome in your new family.
Orientation weekend in St. Gilgen at the Wolfgangsee. This event occurs in the end of September /beginning of October to welcome all new students. We stay overnight at the lake Wolfgang together with the host families, all area reps and the BFME staff. The stay at the hostel has to be paid by the student. The cost of the stay is approximately 20 EUR.
In the end of October we arrange a five-day intensive German course. Every day includes four lessons in a small group and activities in the afternoons. The price includes: accommodation, sightseeing tours, Sound of Music tour, history museum, visit to a salt water thermal, BBQ dinner, movie etc. The cost is approximately 600 EUR.
This trip is also in November. We take the night train to Venice. Included in the price is a sightseeing tour, train to Venice and return with two escorts. The cost is approximately 140 EUR
In the beginning of March, we arrange a three-day ski event. Ski- or snowboard course, accommodation, ice skating, possibility to rent skiis or snowboards, helmets, thermal spring baths is included in the price. At least four area representatives take part in the trip and the cost is approximately 140 EUR.
Another Venice trip is arranged in the spring. We take the train to Venice. Included in the price is a sightseeing tour, train to Venice and return with two escorts. The cost is approximately 140 EUR.
In the beginning of April, we arrange a 5 days intensive German course again. Every day includes four lessons in a small group and activities in the afternoons. The price includes: accommodation, sightseeing tours, Sound of Music tour, history museum, visit to a salt water thermal, BBQ dinner, movie etc. The cost is approximately 600 EUR.
You get to spend three days in Vienna in the end of April. Sightseeing tour, musical, castle Schönbrunn, museums, yodeling course, youth hostel downtown is all included. At least three area representatives join this event. The cost is approximately 120
EUR. FAREWELL MEETING
In the middle of June it is time to say goodbye to most of the students. This event is a one day event and takes place in Linz, a city in the middle of Austria. Host families and ARs are invited too. The cost is about 20 EUR.
In the end of June, BFME Office offers a three-week bus tour around Europe. You get to visit 10 countries together with students from all over the world. The price includes accommodation, half board, sightseeing, most entrances and activities, Disneyland in Paris etc. Please see separate sheet for more detailed information regarding this tour. All information is subject to change