Global Opportunities

The world is waiting for you.

Exeter’s Global Initiatives programs, an extension of the Harkness table, offer students a diverse array of opportunities around the world — each a vital lesson in global citizenship through experiential immersion.

Last year, more than 400 students and 51 faculty members participated in over two dozen travel and learning opportunities supported by Global Initiatives, with the opportunity to study abroad in one of six countries: England, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain and The Bahamas. Students also travel on a range of domestic and international programs during our November and March breaks, and we have greatly expanded our internship opportunities for rising seniors.

In the spirit of Exeter’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision Statement, we believe “that we are all better equipped to learn and to lead when our thoughts are tested by others, particularly by those whose thoughts or identities are different from our own. Only when we skillfully engage our differences ... will we find a path to that greater understanding of the world and how we can be of service to it.”


program destinations in 11 countries around the world

This trip has taught me so much. I am leaving Maui with a newfound interest in environmentalism with a focus on cultural importance and the idea that history can be taught through the nature it took place in.”
Ina '23

Live the questions

Curiosity is your compass with Global Initiatives. Check out photos from recent trips.

Our travel programs

Global Initiatives has something for everyone. Trips include week-long experiential travel over breaks throughout the year, to full term and school years abroad.
Up to three months of study in one of eight destinations.

School Year Abroad

Developed by Exeter and peer schools nearly 60 years ago, the SYA Europe program goes to France, Italy and Spain.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our programs empower students to become leaders of change.

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Environment and Sustainability

Study sustainable farming in Vermont, climate threats to pollinators in Costa Rica and more.

Go to the page titled Environment and Sustainability

Business and Entrepreneurship

Finance, design thinking, ethics and engineering, from Boston to Berlin.

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History, Literature and the Arts

Write a play in Shakespeare's shadow or dig for artifacts at the site of Julius Caesar's most famous victories.

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Language and Culture

The French Alps and the streets of Madrid are among your global classrooms.

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Politics and Economics

Intern for 10 weeks in the Washington, D.C., office of a senator or congressperson.

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Community Immersion

Put the Exeter core value of non sibi into action.

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Science, Innovation and Technology

Learning opportunities stretch from a Stanford lab to a beach in The Bahamas.

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Internships and Fellowships

From field research in biology on the Isles of Shoals to archival projects at the New York Historical Society.

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Contact Global Initiatives

Patty Burke Hickey, Director Chelsea Davidson, Assistant Director