Planning and Resources

Language Levels - Estimate Your Level

1. Absolute Beginner
Absolute beginners are true beginners that have no previous exposure to the language.

2. Beginner
Beginners, also know as false beginners, have studied the language at some point in their life. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be NOVICE LOW and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be A1.

Upon completion of this level:

Finding the Best Flights

Air tickets are really hit or miss depending on the day, the wind etc, but here are some sites that we suggest trying:

General Travel Websites

        The first place we look here at NRCSA. Gives a good picture of prices, but not always the best.


How to Prepare Young Children for Travel & Study Abroad

With 45 years of helping families travel abroad, NRCSA has gathered some very useful information about the best ways to prepare young children for the experience. Whether the child is an infant or a preteen, or the family includes multiple children of various ages, parents can make the trip more rewarding and fun for all involved by doing a few simple things before the plane takes off.

Berlin Holiday Program

Last year 75 students from 19 nationalities attended the holiday special. It is a great way to learn some German, but more importantly gain a cross-cultural understanding of the world!

Date: Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 - Sunday, 6 Jan, 2013
Price: $1,392 USD for 2 weeks including:

Pura Vida - Costa Rica

The slogan of Costa Rica is “Pura Vida” and that is quite possibly the best way to describe my (too) short 10 day experience in the land of “los ticos” this past January.