The English-Speaking Union

Secondary School Exchange Scholarship

How to Apply

Calendar for SSE Scholarship Application & Notification for a 2024/25 Gap Year in the UK

August/September 2023:  SSE Applications open!

  • ESU sends participating schools Invitation to Apply.
  • SSE Applications & information posted on ESU website.
  • Submit the SSE Application. 
  • Please note: by submitting an SSE application, the student confirms if offered a SSE Scholarship to a UK boading school, they will accept the place for the 2024-25 academic year and defer their college acceptance for one year.

November 2023:ESU sends interview materials to the SSE Committee Regional Chairs.

December 2023: SSE Applications Due, December 1st

  • Students will submit completed SSE applications as 1 PDF by December 1st to their school SSE Coordinator or via email to Alice Uhl at 

December 5 - 10, 2023:  ESU Regional Chairs conduct interviews (in person or via Zoom/FaceTime).

December 15, 2023: ESU SSE Committee selects finalists and sends SSE applications to the ESU UK for placement. 

January 2024: Notifies SSE applicants of their status and schedules UK School interviews via Zoom.

February/March 2024:  The ESU US notifies finalists and families of their placement.  A $2,000 non-refundable program fee is due to the ESU upon acceptance of placement.

April/May  2024 Complete UK school forms and apply for UK Student Visa (visa expeditor service recommended)

Summer 2024 Pre-departure orientation

September 2024:  Students depart for UK

July 2025: Students return to the US