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Curricular Global Learning​​

From night markets to temples, programs in Japan, China and Taiwan give you instant access to millennia of history and culture.


Explore Tokyo, a city of dichotomies. At once ultra-modern and centuries-old, Tokyo offers never-ending avenues of exploration. Flashing lights and the latest technology share city blocks with ancient temples and traditions — and it’s all there for you to explore. Open to seniors, you’ll study Japanese and take classes at Seikei High School while living with a host family. You’ll explore the country on school trips to Nara, Kyoto and Hiroshima and experience Japanese culture first-hand through special classes in flower arranging, judo, calligraphy, drumming and other traditional arts.


Seniors studying Chinese can spend a term at Providence University. You’ll study math and English and play sports with local students while also taking courses in literature, linguistics, history and current events. The program is loaded with cultural activities where you’ll get to try music, calligraphy and painting and take excursions throughout Taiwan and to mainland China. You’ll stay with a host family in Taichung, Taiwan’s third-largest city and “one of the most livable cities in Asia.” Taichung is home to the national arts museum, a brand-new opera house, open-air markets and plenty of parks and scenic areas.


Together, Exeter, Phillips Academy and St. Paul’s School founded School Year Abroad as a way to give students a yearlong, fully immersive cultural experience. Open to uppers or seniors, you’ll live in Beijing with a host family, master Mandarin through classes on Chinese culture and global environmental science, and explore both urban and rural areas of a country that’s on the world’s center stage.

The Experiential Approach

​Hands-on opportunities for learning in Asia are available through internships and faculty-led trips.

Exonians learn the essentials of entrepreneurship

During an intensive two-week summer session at the MIT Innovation Academy in Hong Kong, students build and pitch products that solve real-world problems.


Exeter in India

During March break, 10 students and two teachers spent 12 unforgettable days in India, exploring history, religions, culture, education and village life.


Connections in the Gap

Exonians take a break from academia for real-world exploration.