English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Secondary School Exchange


Calendar for SSE Application and Notification for a 2018-2019 Gap Year

September 2017:  ESU sends application forms and program information to school coordinators.  All materials for students are posted online.

December 2017:  ESU sends interview materials to SSE Committee Regional Chairs.

January 28, 2018:  Students submit applications to ESU (digital submissions only (PDF, Dropbox, Google Drive) to sse@esuus.org).  (School Form is sent by referrer directly to ESU.)  ESU forwards applications to appropriate Regional Chairs.

February 5-19, 2018:  Regional committees meet to interview candidates (in person or digitally).  Regional Chairs subsequently submit recommendations to the ESU.

Mid-March 2018:  ESU notifies finalists, alternate candidates, their schools, and families of the applicant's status.

Mid-April 2017:  ESU notifies successful students of placement in British schools.  A $2,000 non-refundable program fee from students is due at the ESU upon receipt of invoice.

Forms and Documents

 2018-2019 Secondary School Exchange Handbook

 2018-2019 Secondary School Exchange Great Britain Application (all of these components constitute a complete application):

 2018-2019 Secondary School Exchange Great Britain Checklist