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Student Exchange Programme 2016

07 January 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is planning to participate in a student exchange programme with their sister city, Gilbert, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA during July and August 2016.

The Sister Cities Student Exchange Programme has been running for over 15 years and offers two local students an opportunity to travel to Gilbert, Arizona to develop an understanding of a different country, its culture and people.    

The successful students will take part in a local socially beneficial project prior to travelling to the USA to spend three weeks experiencing the American way of life.  They will stay with a host family bringing back a wealth of fascinating stories about their stay abroad, their contacts with new people and their experiences.

At the end of the three weeks, two students from Gilbert will return with their exchange partners.  During their stay in Antrim and Newtownabbey, the Gilbert students will have a chance to experience a new culture and make lifelong friends by living with the family of their exchange student.  The students from Gilbert are expected to learn about their hosts local cultures and customs in ways not available to a casual visitor. 

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council provide all of the travel expenses for the Student Exchange Programme and help the students, parents/guardians to plan the summer activities.  Students are expected to provide their own passports and spending money.

If you are a teacher or parent and would like to nominate a student for this Programme or a student who would like to participate, please contact Carol Shane on 028 9034 0073 or email [email protected] to request an application pack or download below:


pdf Download Student Exchange Application Form (494Kb)


Completed application forms must be returned no later than 4pm on Friday 26 February 2016.  All nominees will be required to attend an interview together with their parents/guardians conducted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.   To be eligible for the programme students must be in Year 13 and reside in the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey.