Scholarship Winner Blog Entry

We are proud that we have two scholarship winners and a strong runner-up that will be joining us this summer! We will be posting all three entries on three different days! Here is one of the three scholarship entries, written by Natalie from Canada! 


There are so many benefits to studying abroad, which I have had the pleasure of experiencing first hand and hope to continue to take part in such a unique experience. Last summer I spent a month in Nice, France with a host family in hopes of improving my French and experiencing a new culture. My trip did just that and more. My French improved drastically, I eventually became comfortable in a foreign environment with people I had just met and I was completely immersed in a very fascinating culture.

This was my first trip abroad without my family, so I was not really sure what to expect and was a little nervous. However, after about a week into my trip, I became completely comfortable with my friendly host family and really started picking up on new French words and phrases that I had not learned in school. To me, my eight years of taking French prior to this trip could not measure to actually living in the culture and language that I had heard about in school. While I had learned grammar in school and written French, this opportunity allowed for me to learn what real French people actually say in everyday lives, which I believe made all the difference in my French improving.

Spending a long period of time in a new culture is sureNataliePhoto2Cheese to
give you a whole new outlook on how different your culture is. While I have travelled a lot with my family before this exchange trip I had not truly been able to be immersed in any culture, like I had when I lived with my host family. When I first arrived, I greeted my family by hugging them not knowing that everyone there kisses on both cheeks, which I soon mastered after meeting many new people. I also noted that they start their days much later than North-Americans do and have dinners (always with bread, cheese and tapenade) much later as well. While their culture was hard to get used to at first, I very quickly got comfortable with their routine and was able to appreciate a different culture.Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to improve a language, get fully immersed into a culture and to simply become a better-rounded individual. I believe that everyone should experience studying abroad if they have the chance.

Wonderful blog post Natalie! We can’t wait to see more posts from you this summer! 

Winners of our FREE trip to Europe contest!

The final vote counts are in and we are proud to announce our winners! To see the winning videos, click here.

RyaCrop 1st place goes to Rya from British Columbia, Canada! Rya shared in her video that she can’t wait to immerse herself in the culture of Spain. She also looks forward to learning more about herself as a tourist, person, and as part of a family in Spain! 
alliCrop 2nd place goes to Ali from San Diego, California! Ali shared in her video that she is part French and looks forward to understanding more of her families culture. She also wants to try new things, like French food! 
EmCrop 3rd place goes to Em from New Brunswick, Canada! Em said that she wants to run with the bulls and become a polyglot! She is passionate about Spanish history and language! Em está lista! 

Congrats to all participants! These nine brave high school students had the iniative to share their travel abroad motivations with the entire world through their videos. This can only be done by a dreamer and a doer.

FREE Europe Trip Video Contest in Full Swing

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Our Free trip to Europe video contest is in full swing as the votes for each video continue to rise! We have nine incredibly unique videos created by high school students in Canada and the United States, which you can see here: VIDEO ENTRIES

The theme for each video is, ‘What are your hopes for a study abroad program?’ Many students have shared about the value of learning more of the language, culture, and food! Some talk about how much they hope to grow personally and socially.

These nine brave high school students are eager to expand their horizons and see this trip as the perfect opportunity. Every day we are checking the votes as they change so quickly!

It looks to be a tight race for first place and we hope that you can help us to spread the word and increase the votes for all contestants!

We all know that value of travel and can’t wait to see which lucky teen will be traveling to Europe for free this summer!


Study Abroad Ambassadors

Meet Michelle and Mariana our two Study Abroad Ambassadors!

Both traveled to France with ECI in 2014 and have created videos to share their travel tips and trips for you! Their high school ECI summer trip to France has inspired and shaped their future in several ways. CLICK HERE to watch their videos and be inspired to travel the world!

And don’t forget to take advantage of our two Scholarships and our Free Trip Video Contest!


Win a Free Study Abroad Trip to Europe!


Enter now for your chance to win a FREE high school study abroad trip to Spain or France!


  • Create a video on the theme “My Hopes for a Study Abroad Program”. Your video can focus on what you expect from a study abroad program or how you hope a study abroad experience may benefit your future.
  • Your video must be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • We encourage you to get creative in any way you wish. Use humor and have fun! For example, you may highlight how a program in France will lead to a lifetime love of French patisseries or a program in Spain may be a step towards becoming an Ambassador to Spain!

For more free Europe trip contest details, click here!

Buena Suerte/Bonne Chance!