Academics

Study & Travel Abroad

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Westminster students who take their learning beyond the classroom develop new capabilities and greater resilience, as they learn to navigate their surroundings and make themselves at home around the world. Westminster School is proud to offer a range of opportunities for academic travel, from short cultural trips to fully immersive experiences.
 
Our language faculty lead trips in early June, in partnership with established educational tour companies. Recent trip offerings have included a panda encounter in China, as well as an exploration of Paris. These trips are brief, but students experience a great deal of cultural, historical and linguistic exposure. Trips are designed primarily as enrichment for those studying the language, but most are open to the entire student body. Costs are in addition to tuition, and limited scholarship funds may be available through the Language Department. Trips are announced in the school’s monthly e-newsletter in the fall. Interested families should contact the faculty guide directly.
 
More extensive travel study is available through our partner programs. The Semester-at-Sea program offers accepted students the option to spend the fall term of the Fifth Form year on an ocean voyage, where they undertake an interdisciplinary academic curriculum focused on global issues. They adhere to a rigorous physical fitness regimen that leaves them amazed with their growth and accomplishments. Students return in time to finish their Fifth Form courses and prepare for the college application process. For more information on the Semester-At-Sea program and how to apply, contact Westminster’s Academic Office.
 
Students may choose to spend a full year abroad during their Fifth Form or Sixth Form year. Westminster students accepted by the prestigious School Year Abroad (SYA) program experience yearlong study and travel in China, France, Italy or Spain. These programs offer complete immersion in an experienced homestay environment, which Westminster SYA alumni have identified as both invaluable to fluency development and the most meaningful part of their experience. SYA schools are official test sites for SATs and APs, and offer college counseling in conjunction with continued advising from Westminster School college counselors. Program prerequisites vary by country from zero to two years of study. To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, contact Language Department Head Cara Hugabonne.

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