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Get to know Indiana

Indiana has a hilly southern region gradually giving way to the rolling plains of the central part of the state. The north is quite level and bears the evidence of the glaciers that flattened it millions of years ago. Lake Michigan forms the northern border of the state and is rimmed with dunes.

State capital: Indianapolis

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High school students in Indiana choose from an array of courses, as well as club activities. Although you may find school rules to be more strict than in your home country, teachers here are very willing to help and work with difficult lessons you may have. Since public transportation in Indiana is not readily available and many host families live in small communities, we recommend participating in after school activities as a way to meet many young people. Church is a central part in the lives of many host families; it is a fun and social environment, with activity groups for teenagers. Sports are also very popular, the most played being basketball. Soccer and football are also popular, and the highlight of many Friday nights are cheering for your team during a big game. The state is also home to the world’s largest auto race, the Indianapolis 500.

Indiana is a wide open beautiful region, and the hospitality and warmth of the people of this Midwestern state will help you to have a fantastic experience.

Amish country extends into Indiana, and for a look at the Amish way of life, visit Amish Acres in Nappannee, a historical farm that dates from 1900.

The College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend honors the game with famous memorabilia, players autographs and pictures, and a history of American football.

Located near the Hall of Fame is the University of Notre Dame, one of America’s premier academic institutions and best collegiate football programs.

30 beautiful covered bridges are located in Park County. The structure over Sugar Creek, at 207 feet long, is the longest single-span covered bridge in the United States.

Indiana’s best known sport, basketball, has its center in New Castle. The Basketball Hall of Fame also has artifacts and memorabilia of the sport and honors Indiana’s favorite player, Larry Bird.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home of the world’s most famous car race, the Indianapolis 500.

The Indianapolis Zoo extends for 64 acres along the White River. Animals are kept in simulated natural habitats.

Shipshewana is a gigantic flea market in Amish country. Here you can find stands selling clothing, jewelry, books, music and much more, all for bargain prices.

For a quirky and entertaining afternoon, attend the Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton. Meet the original Munchkin actors from the 1939 film!

Indiana has four distinct seasons: a hot summer with temperatures ranging from 65ºF (20ºC) to 90ºF (32ºC); a cool, wet spring; a very cold winter (rarely rising above freezing); and a crisp autumn. Make sure to pack some warm clothes for the winter! Past EF students say the teenagers tend to wear comfortable baggy clothing, with jeans being the most important aspect of the wardrobe.

  • Axel Rose - Lead singer of the rock band, Guns N’ Roses
  • Babyface - 90’s R&B pop artist
  • Cole Porter - Composer for musicals and films
  • David Letterman - Late-night talk show host
  • Garfield - Famous cartoon cat
  • James Dean - 1950’s actor, Rebel Without A Cause
  • John Mellencamp - Rock vocalist
  • Red Skelton - Famous comedian and painter