MC’s foreign exchange student program has been in place for about ten years now and has provided many students with the most unique school years of their life.
Contrary to popular belief, the foreign exchange program isn’t as easy as hopping on the next plane to San Diego.
“We [administration] usually go through two providers [of foreign exchange students],” assistant principal Sara Ramirez said, “the providers have their own paperwork on how they accept students and when they accept them, they then send us the information.”
MC currently accepts a maximum of four foreign exchange students per school year since administration must be able to provide the right classes for all students.
Students typically arrive at MC in time for the first day of school where they go through the same procedures as any other high school student.
“Students, once committed to this program, must complete the full school year abroad unless there is a health issue,” Ramirez said.
Students are usually not placed as seniors since MC seniors must be given priority for the courses
“In order to participate in the foreign exchange program, students must be under the age of nineteen and cannot have graduated from high school,” Ramirez said.
Currently, this opportunity is unavailable to Sundevils. According Ramirez, it may not be an option for our students due to course credit acceptance abroad.
So until our students are allowed the opportunity to learn abroad, Sundevils will just have to live vicariously through the high school students that leave their homes for their adventure abroad.