STS is a proud partner to Plan, one of the
oldest and largest children’s develop ment
organizations in the world. They work in 50
developing countries across Africa, Asia and
the Americas to promote child rights and
lift millions of children out of poverty.
STS stands for Student Travel Schools.
We have been working with international
education and cultural exchanges for young
people and adults since 1958.
STS was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1958, when we
organized our first language study trip to Austria. We have
more experience than any other company in the industry.
Today we are represented in over 40 countries worldwide.
We have offices in 16 countries and a large global network of
partners and non-profit organizations. We offer a broad selection
of educational products from foreign language trips for
middle school students to degree courses at colleges and universities
all over the world. Internationally we are one of the
world’s largest language education and cultural exchange
organizations. But despite our size, personal contact is something
we never compromise on. It is a question of confidence
and one of the most important factors in our success.
Our core mission has been there from the beginning: by providing
people with education and cultural exchanges we can
help to create competitive international citizens with an understanding
of different cultures and languages.
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STS Representatives, Partners and Schools
We highly recommend STS, your
students will be in the best hands!
”Working with STS for the past 13 years have been a wonderful
experience, we consider STS as one of our main partners worldwide.
Their care, support and professionalism has been highly
appreciated from all the Ecuadorian students and parents.
Through STS we have been able to expand our programs to Europe
and Asia, making us the first agency in Ecuador that send
exchange student to China! As well as we have been able to
host students from STS in Ecuador! It is a pleasure to work with
the entire STS staff and together make an international Family!
Angy Vinueza, General Manager, XPLORER Ecuador
STS is quality for you and your customer
STS was founded in 1958 in Sweden. Over the past 50 years STS has
evolved into a multi-national organization with 5 000 staff, part-time
teachers, representatives and volunteers working all around the world.
Since the first students enrolled in 1958 our core aims and values have
not changed, but over the years we have continued to develop our programs
to cater to the needs of a constantly evolving global society. Here
is a list of reasons to why you should choose STS as your partner:
• A broad product portfolio gives you a great variety to choose from.
We know that the better a course suits a student, the more he or she
gets out of it. With a wide range of products you can feel safe that
we offer what your customer desires. We work continously with improvements
to be able to offer you the best and most appealing
products every year. Currently, we offer five programs to choose
from: Language Schools and High School for teenagers, Language
Schools for adults, Au Pair and academic studies with IBS International
Business School. Enjoy the advantage of one provider for all
your educational needs!
• Global network and local service. Our head office is located in Sweden
but we are a global organization in touch and working everyday
with our offices and partners all over the world. This network enables
us to offer high quality language courses, high school exchange
and university studies in all different parts of the world at a competitive
price. Wherever you choose to go, we are there for you and
your students 24/7.
• Great success for your students brings returning customers. When
students come home after enrolling with STS, telling friends and
family about the fantastic journey they have experienced we know
we have succeded. This is our most important promise to you. The
reason for this is our carefully selected schools, staff and host families
as well as our language course teaching philosophy, STS Progressive
Learning. It is especially designed to enable fast and fun language
learning where the language is spoken. Our primary goal is
the students’ total learning, courage to speak, increased vocabulary
and improved pronounciation. We also offer all students a range of
stimulating activities, which will help to further their language learning
experience outside the classroom.
• Great organisation and care means smooth production. We pride
ourselves in providing high levels of quality, support and supervision
focusing on every student’s diverse needs. Therefore we have a
very dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide the correct care
at all times. We have our own offices in many of our exchange
countries and the support of our partner organizations. Our 24-
hour telephone service, both in the host country and in the home
country, makes sure the students always have someone to contact.
Also, STS has its own leaders for most departures and arrivals. Once
the student is accepted to an exchange program or language
course, we guarantee a carefully selected host family and school in
the chosen country.
• Personal support makes it easy. When you work with us you will get
one contact person dedicated to you, who will be your partner
through the whole process. No questions are to small for us!
• AAA-rated. STS is in the highest ranked category with regard to
credit rating. The AAA rating means that STS is a safe choice for you
when you place your order.
With many satisified agents and more than one million happy students
we know that STS and your customer is a winning combination.
Many quality accreditations.
There are many authorities and bodies around the world
that assure quality in educational standards and the implementation
of foreign studies. We are accredited and
approved in every market we do business in. Maintaining
high quality is not only important for us, it is also a
key business factor.
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What has happened since 1958?
We sent our first students to Austria. The year
after we added Hastings as a destination, still
very popular among our students.
The establishment of international offices began
in the first half of the 1960s. We opened
offices in Norway and Denmark in 1964.
Finnish students also got the opportunity to
take language study trips.
Entering the European market, we opened an
office in Germany in 1967.
We opened offices in Italy, first in Milan and
then in Rome.
We introduced a new concept: High School
programs in the USA for foreigners. International
interest grew due to a great demand for
new educational methods.
A new growing demand for combining language
training with top flight sports training
led us to begin collaborating with several
The President of the United States forms the
Youth Exchange Initiative, a project aimed at increasing
international understanding through
youth exchanges. STS students got the opportunity
to meet the American President personally.
The IBS International Business School was born,
providing academic education mixed with
practical training abroad within several fields.
STS Au Pair program was started in the USA.
STS opened offices in Poland, Hungary and
the Czech Republic.
We started our Oxford Intensive course in the
university city of Oxford.
We created Chelsea Football Camp in London
in collaboration with Chelsea Football
Club. Our first camp where students study
languages and develop special interests at
the same time.
We started language schools for adults (over
18) at several places around the world.
STS created a new brand targeting external
agents called LSC (Language Study Centres)
focusing on residential courses at established
universities throughout England and
We opened our first office in Beijing, China.
LSC received British Council accreditation.
Demand for our various programs is high in
several Asian countries. We received the first
group of exchange students from Thailand.
We welcomed our millionth customer. We celebrated
with a scholarship to promote international
exchanges and learning.
STS in the USA grew with the opening of a new
centre in New York, welcoming over 700 students
in the 1st year of operation.
We opened our fourth office in the USA,
launched STS Select, an exclusive high school
program, and started STS Intensive in Cambridge.
A range of summer courses for
students between 10–18, held in many
exciting destinations around the world.
STS is a modern language school provider with vast experience, organizing
language courses for young people between the ages of 10 to 18.
We offer many destinations around the world where the best international
student mix is available.
The aim of our organization is to provide top quality language courses,
where the students’ education and welfare are paramount. Safety in
every aspect of our language courses is extremely important to us and
we pride ourselves on a safety record that has allowed over 1,000,000
people to travel with STS since 1958.
The STS Language Course
We offer a wide range of courses at different levels.
A typical STS Language Course includes:
• Coach Transfer (if more than 15 students) to & from
a local airport
• Full board accommodation in host family or
residential type accommodation (unless specified)
• General English, Spanish or French lessons Monday to Friday
• 15 hours’ tuition per week
(18 hours for Intensive classes)
• Course material
• Entry and final tests
• End of course certificate
• Full-day excursions
• Half-day excursions
• Full afternoon program of sports/cultural
activities or local visits
• STS back pack
• Enrolment fees
• One group leader place per 15 students
• 24 hour local support
We also offer other specialized language based courses. STS Experience
are great adventures and an experiences over and above a regular language
course. Here the language training takes place through travelling
and socializing with students and leaders from other countries.
Experience courses are available in China, Canada, USA and Australia.
STS Camps and STS 2+1 are courses where you study a language while
developing a special interest, for example STS Chelsea Football Academy.
STS Class Tours are year-round, one-week courses that enable
school groups to have an affordable visit during term time while still
benefiting from the excellent service that STS provides. Available in the
UK and Malta.
STS Progressive Learning
Our philosophy, STS Progressive Learning, is based on academic expertise
and draws on the fact that the learning takes place where the
language is spoken. It includes a method and teaching materials which
enables quick and fun learning and results in long lasting knowledge.
Our extensive social program, offering excursions, sports and other activities,
provides further opportunities for language practice outside
Various types of accommodation
We believe that a student should be able to choose the accommodation
that suits them best. Most students opt to stay in a carefully selected
host family, but Resort STS is also available, where they can stay
in hotel accommodation with leaders and classmates from different
With STS, the students’ free time is always filled with exciting activities
and excursions. We make sure there is always something fun going on
for students to enjoy. The social program is a chance to get to know
classmates, make new friends and make the most of their time in the
host country. Our excellent leaders are always on hand.
STS High School.
For students between 14–18, who wish to study
abroad and get to know the world. We offer
more than 20 countries to choose from.
AT STS High School we believe that student exchange promotes understanding
and respect among people. By spending a year abroad, speaking
another language, living in a new family and studying in a foreign
school, our high school students are one step closer to become international
We place high school students with host families and in programs for an
academic year, a semester or on short stay programs. This is done in accordance
with the standards set out in each exchange program country.
The students stay with host families and attend local high schools as full
time students. STS welcomes students from all over the world which results
in a wonderful international mix on all our programs.
With STS the possibilities are endless. We offer high quality programs all
over the world; in Europe, Asia, South and North America as well as in
Australia and New Zealand. Only students who show academic interest
and achievement, good character, adaptability and satisfactory language
skills are accepted to our high school programs. For certain countries
there are additional language requirements which are listed in the
During the year abroad, we offer a variety of excursions, depending on
where the student wish to study. Getting to know and feel part of the
host country is a key to a successful high school year.
STS in the USA
STS Foundation in the USA has been recognized since 1986 by the United
States Department of State as an exchange program sponsor. Its designated
to issue the DS-2019 visa application form to its international
students. Students use the DS-2019 visa application to apply for a J-1
exchange visitor visa at the US Embassy in their home country.
STS is also accepted for listing in the Advisory List of International
Education Travel and Exchange Programs, published by the Council on
Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).
The STS High School program includes:
• Host family selection.
• Room and board provided by a volunteer host family (in some
countries host families receive food support).
• Enrolment in a high school in the community. Grade designation,
class schedule and year-end attendance recognition are solely at
the discretion of the school in which the participant is enrolled.
• Necessary documentation to apply for the visa.
• STS student ID, student handbook and Certificate of Completion.
• Greeting at the final destination.
• Supervision during the program.
• Welcome orientation in the community.
• Pre-departure orientation material (supplied by the Agent).
• 24-hour emergency service.
STS Select – an exclusive high school program
STS Select is a high school program all about choice and opportunity.
Students with a particular interest (a sport, for example), that would like
to focus on a specific subject or stay in a selected geographic area,
should choose STS Select. This program offers the opportunity to choose
from highly rated schools in four of the most desirable destinations
around the world: the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All students
are placed in carefully choosen host families.
We have developed STS Select to encourage individual and social development
while offering a safe and challenging learning experience.
STS is responsible for making sure that all the students have comprehensive
insurance cover during the entire stay in the host country. We offer
an insurance called STS/Falck medical, accident and liability insurance.
All students must have this or an equivalent level of cover from another
reputable Insurance provider.
Students above 18.
STS provides language courses for adults,
au pair positions and academic studies with
internships and practical training worldwide.
STS International Language Schools
STS International Language Schools are for those over 18 who would
like to learn or improve their knowledge in a language. We provide language
studies in 20 countries. Course lengths vary from one week to
one school year. Most courses offer a variety of levels and study tempos.
We also have programs aimed at mature students and a selection of
language courses for companies and organizations specially adapted to
the needs and requirements of the business world. The most prestigious
of our programs are our Cambridge Diploma courses, which are one
of the most internationally recognized of all English language qualifications.
We provide Cambridge Diploma courses at three different levels
at sixteen locations in seven countries.
STS provides a package that includes study, accommodation and the
opportunity for leisure activities. There is a choice of several forms of
accommodation: staying as a paying guest with a host family, living in a
student hall or sharing an apartment are the most common. Depending
on the study location, staying at hotels or hostels is also possible.
STS Au Pair
The best way to get to know another culture is to work, study and travel
within it. Being an au pair is a fantastic way to get out into the world.
Not only because it is fun and educational, but also because it is such a
great way to grow as a person. STS Au Pair has been operating in the
USA since 1993. Since 2010 we also offer au pair positions in France, the
UK and New Zealand. To work as an au pair you must be between 18
and 30, have a high school diploma, a driving licence, experience with
children and competence in the local language.
STS helps organize all the practical details. Everyone at STS involved in
the program has a background as an au pair and our experienced staff is
always available for support. The prospective au pair selects from our
carefully chosen host families. In an effort to ensure that the quality of
our au pair program is as high as possible our partner organizations have
several accreditations and STS is a member of IAPA (International Au
IBS, International Business School
IBS, International Business School offers academic or vocational education
to students over 18 who want to study abroad. The courses we offer aim
at providing a platform for an international career. They often lean toward
a specific occupation and combine theoretical and practical training.
IBS cooperates with established colleges and universities and provides
courses in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
The courses are located at the most recognized, renowned schools in
the countries concerned. Through IBS it is possible to choose among a variety
of programs, such as International Business, Management, Design,
Multimedia, Theatre, Sports, Music, International relations, etc. Students
can choose to study one term, one year or an entire degree.
• A wide selection of language courses for adults, 1–52 weeks in 20 countries worldwide.
• Au Pair positions for up to one year in the USA, the UK, France and New Zealand.
• Academic courses with theoretical and practical training within many different fields,
in several countries worldwide, with IBS International Business School.
Language Study Centres Ltd began operating from our Head Office in
Manchester in 1999. Since we first welcomed students to our five centres
in 2000, LSC has continued to grow and diversify. We have increased our
portfolio of partner centres around the UK and the USA and have added
new products to meet the needs of our growing worldwide client base.
Our courses are sold to individuals through sales offices around the
world, and to groups through agents in Europe, Brazil and Asia. The selection
of residential campuses we use is based on a combination of factors:
desirable location, high quality accommodation, on-site facilities
and student safety, and although we use these premises for only two or
three months a year we have fostered excellent working relationships
with the college staff so that we get the most friendly and sympathetic
treatment for our students.
The English lessons at Language Study Centres are designed to make
the most of the students’ visit to Britain or America. The language content
of the course has a strong oral bias, and every effort is made to
capitalize on the fact that the students are in an English-speaking
country and being taught by native speakers. In practice this means
making the most of the ”authentic material” which surrounds them,
learning by doing stimulating tasks and projects while using English,
instead of placing too much emphasis on grammatical correctness.
Our aim is to use the time the students are with us to build their confidence
in being able to communicate, and to help them develop strategies
to continue learning effectively when they return home.
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LSC Course Package:
• Full board accommodation in host family or residence
• Hot lunches are provided at all colleges as well as in the host family
program in Harrow and Manchester
• 15 hours of English tuition per week
• Course material (our own excellent course book
• Entry and final tests
• End of course certificate
• Full-day excursions
• Half-day excursions
• Full afternoon program of sports/cultural activities or local visits
• Optional dance or theatre courses (5 hrs per week, some centres only)
• Evening activities including discos, karaoke, quiz nights and conversation
• One free leader place per fifteen students
• Airport transfers are quoted separately
LSC Centres in the UK and the USA:
Telephone: +44 161 998 2834
The program is accredited by the
British Council, the UK’s international
cultural relations body.
Founded in 1934.
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STS Student Travel Schools
Head Office: Kyrkogatan 48, 411 08 Göteborg, Sweden