How we choose our Local Leaders

ECI carefully selects the best so that each trip is a huge success

What is a Local Leader?

A local, native-speaking expert, working on the ground in France and Spain. Students fly with their US chaperones to Europe and are met by their Local Leader. Together with the US chaperones, the Local Leader makes up the team of responsible adults who looks after the trip and our students.
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What makes ECI programs different—and truly life-changing?

A Study Abroad immersion experience with volunteer families


If you are looking for a high school summer Study Abroad program you have a wide range of options. There are numerous high-quality, reputable organizations offering great opportunities, but all with similar program locations and similar program structures. How do you choose between them?

Common components of study program structures

  1. Classes at specialist language schools in France or Spain
  2. Opportunity to earn University Credit
  3. Excursions and travel portions to the most popular must-see locations, including Madrid and Paris
  4. Fun-filled and active itinerary with the chance to try local hands-on cultural activities
  5. Capable, experienced and well-trained chaperone team including US teachers and expert Local Leaders
  6. Reassuring and knowledgeable US-based team who will guide you through the application process pre-departure
  7. A ‘Homestay’ experience, living with carefully chosen paid families in the program town whilst taking classes

Together these components make up what is commonly termed and regarded as an Immersion experience.
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Fantastic Student Feedback

Two important signs we are reaching our Study Abroad goals


Since 1998, ECI has been committed to providing the highest standard of Study Abroad Programs. We are also obsessed with continual improvement and measuring our performance via feedback.
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High School Summer Abroad Videos

You want to take part in a high school study abroad program but you need to know what it will be like.

You can talk to friends who’ve already had the experience of spending a summer learning French or Spanish, you can scour the internet for blog posts and info, you can read online descriptions of programs, but the best way to get a taste of what to expect is to see some of the highlights captured on film.

We understand this, and last year we asked Juan Manuel Canero, a talented Spanish filmmaker to spend some of his summer filming our programs.

Juan-Manuel Canero - ECI photographer, cameraman and video editor
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