Exchange Programs

Westover’s global programs offer a new and rewarding experience for students to explore cultural differences. Students are challenged to embrace these differences and invited to share new perspectives with the greater Westover community upon return. These experiences are part of our on-going education to more deeply understand ourselves and one another.


General Information

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What type of program is best for me?

There are a variety of travel programs available at Westover. In addition to those offered by the Language, Arts, History, and Science departments and community service trips, there are a number of exchange and immersion programs from which to choose.

Each program involves travel, sightseeing, and acclimatization in another part of the world. In addition to long-standing relationships with schools with whom we both send and receive students, there are also trips to places such as Rwanda, which are only a few weeks in duration and offer a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in another culture in a way that goes beyond a typical tourist trip.

Types of Exchanges:

Academic: Students participate in classes during the program and engage in the school life for the majority of the program; they also have a chance to explore nearby cultural sites and, if applicable, will continue the study of their chosen language.

Language:
Students live in a culture in which they must practice their language of study; in the case of China it is to a lesser extent.

Cultural:
Students travel, sightsee and may participate in service-learning activities; these programs often do include school visits, but only for a short period of time and emphasize a more targeted approached to experiential learning.

Exchange Schools

Exchange and Immersion Programs

(For more information on a specific program, please click on the country name.)

Language Exchanges

China (Shanghai): Shangde Experimental School
Type of exchange: Cultural
Maximum number of students: Two - Three
Eligibility grades: Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors
Length and term: Spring Break
Note: Accepted students may run for all leadership positions.

France (Villers Cotterêts): Lycée Européen
Maximum number of students: Two
Eligible grades: rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have completed at least the level of French III, and with Departmental permission.
Length and term: Winter term: January to March, returning in time for Germans
Note: Accepted students may run for Proctor, but may not run for Dorcas, West, or Over Heads.

Spain (Seville): Colegio Bienaventurada Virgen María Irlandesas de Bami
Maximum number of students: Two
Eligible grades: rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have completed at least the level of Spanish III, and with Departmental permission
Length and term: Winter term: January to March, returning in time for Germans
Note: Accepted students may run for Proctor, but may not run for Dorcas, West, or Over Heads.

Academic Exchanges

Australia (Perth): St. Mary's Anglican Girls' School
Maximum number of students: Two
Eligible grades: rising Sophomores
Length and term: two months; mid-July to September or a Gap Year program
Note: Accepted students may run for all positions except West or Over Heads.

England (Thatcham): Downe House School for Girls
Maximum number of students: Three
Eligible grades: rising Sophomores and Juniors
Length and term: Three weeks, including Westover's spring vacation
Note: Accepted students may run for all leadership positions.

Jordan (Amman): The Ahliyyah School for Girls
Maximum number of students: Two
Eligible grades: rising Sophomores and Juniors
Length and term: Fall term, end of August to late November, or a year-long program
Note: Accepted students may not run for Head of School, Dorcas Head, West or Over Heads, or Proctor positions, and seniors may only do the fall term program.

South Africa (Cape Town): St. Cyprian's School
Maximum number of students: One
Eligible grades: rising Sophomores
Length and term: Winter term: January to March, returning in time for Germans.
Note: Accepted students may run for Proctor positions. They may not run for Dorcas, West, or Over Heads.

Cultural Immersions

Rwanda (Nyamata): Maranyundo School
Type of exchange: Cultural
Maximum number of students: Five - Twelve
Eligible grades: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Length and term: Spring Break, returning in time for Germans or early June after graduation
Note: Accepted students may run for all leadership positions.

China (Shanghai): Shangde Experimental School
Type of exchange: Cultural
Maximum number of students: Two - Three
Eligible grades: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Length and term: Spring Break or 2-3 weeks, Summer
Note: Accepted students may run for all leadership positions.

Blog: Westover Around the World

Here you'll find weekly updated posts and pictures from Westover students involved in the Global Programs the School has to offer.

Current exchange students

Who: Zola '18 and Jacqueline '18

Where: Seville, Spain (Zola), Cape Town, South Africa (Jacqueline)

When: Winter Term



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