Curricular Global Learning
Become fluent in French, put non sibi values into action in a small community in Ireland, take a walk in Shakespeare’s shoes, ski in the Alps or study Latin among Roman ruins.
Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, is your stage for this term abroad, filled with opportunities to enjoy theater, the countryside and excursions to London and beyond. With an academic focus on theater and literature, you’ll read plays and see them performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and visit sites described by great British authors.
You’ll live with an Exeter faculty member on Furzen Hill Farm, a working family farm not far from Stratford. The cities of Birmingham, Oxford, London, Bristol and Bath are just a day trip away.
Situated at the foot of the French Alps, Exeter’s program in Grenoble offers you a chance to stay with a host family in a 2,000-year-old village. Perfect your accent while immersed in the language, whether you’re walking through the city, or hiking or skiing high above it.
Your course of study surveys French history and art, theater, linguistics and more. And a central location means weekend trips to the coast, Paris, Switzerland and Spain are a short bus or train ride away.
Known as “the city that creates knowledge,” Göttingen is the perfect base for an enriching experience. You’ll live with a German family and become fully integrated into the daily life of the city. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking like a local!
You’ll study German literature and language, and a diverse range of other subjects at the host school, Theodor Heuss Gymnasium. On a typical day, you could go to class, play sports with classmates, explore the historic city’s parks and landmarks in the afternoon, study at a café and attend a symphony in the evening.
Spending a term at Ballytobin in Callan, Ireland means you’ll live out Exeter’s motto, non sibi (“not for oneself”), on a daily basis. Ballytobin is a Camphill Community, a place where people of all intellectual abilities and physical needs live alongside each other in an immersive educational and therapeutic environment. Founded by Patrick Lydon '68, the community helps teach Exeter students wisdom beyond the classroom.
You’ll stay in a group home with staff and residents, dive into the vibrant educational and artistic life of this community, and record your reflections as Ballytobin leaves a lasting mark on your life.
Study Latin, Greek, history and the classics among the ruins of the Roman empire. You’ll have two weeks of directed study at home before spending seven weeks on-location in Rome followed by a weeklong excursion to the Bay of Naples region.
Outside the classroom, you’ll taste regional specialties, practice your Italian (no experience necessary), have plenty of time to tour ancient sites and museums, and maybe even rent a scooter to get around! You’ll stay with the rest of the group from Exeter along with a PEA faculty member.
Spend a term in Russia’s second-largest city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. You’ll stay with a family in Russia’s “northern capital” and attend School #636, which is two minutes away from the famous Nevskyi Prospekt — the city’s main thoroughfare.
You’ll attend school with local students for history, math, literature and science classes while also receiving extra tutoring in Russian from the school’s teachers.
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 with a host family, learn alongside other foreign students, and go deep into a country’s culture, history, art, politics and more. SYA’s Europe programs are located in Rennes, France; Viterbo, Italy and Zaragoza, Spain.
The Experiential Approach
Hands-on opportunities for learning in Europe are available through a variety of programs, internships and faculty-led trips.
Students and faculty travel to China, Italy, Utah and Los Angeles during spring break.
Peter Luff '16 has been awarded an all-expense-paid summer study trip to Germany.