While the benefits of the "International Studies and Exchange" program are many and varied, our core Mission is to provide an opportunity for students to gain an international perspective, and establish cross-cultural, interpersonal skills which will insure their success in the global environment of the 21st century.
What is International Studies?
International Studies is an independent study course where each student establishes a relationship with one student in either China, Germany, India, Peru, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain or the Netherlands and then completes eight specific assignments with their correspondent throughout the year. These assignments require comparison of cultures, school systems, economies, challenges facing their nations and personal family history. Students communicate with their international partner about one to three times a week using skype, email and facebook, attend monthly classes, and meet with their teacher twice a month. In some cases, students from both countries travel to their correspondent’s nation to attend school, work on service projects and immerse themselves in the culture of their correspondent’s country. Students who have success in the program receive a semester credit which is graded and placed on their school transcript. This credit will be above and beyond what is required for graduation.