Study Abroad Programs

Program Offerings

Woodberry Forest offers a variety of spring break and summer study abroad opportunities designed to give students an immersive experience in a new culture or academic discipline. Summer is a great time to try new things, explore new places, and build on the knowledge gained during the school year. Woodberry supports the growth of current students through a wide range of optional summer programs. Many students elect to go on summer study abroad programs with the school, so apply early!

The school also offers a trimester-long exchange program with three boys schools in South Africa. Boys spend the fall trimester of the fifth-form year abroad and are invited to apply in the winter of their fourth-form year.

Study Abroad Programs

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  • Woodberry CASA: Central American Summer Abroad

    Overview and itinerary:
    Central American Summer Abroad (CASA) is a summer program dedicated to the rich culture of Central America. Students live and practice their Spanish with native speakers in a completely immersed environment. They also explore coastal cities, parks, rainforests, and local industry. The program emphasizes one-on-one tutorials, dynamic classes, specialized language instruction, innovative teaching methods, and full immersion that will enhance boys’ Spanish skills. CASA also focuses on meaningful community service; participants improve their understanding of local culture and language through sustained outreach in local elementary schools.

    The trip is based in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and students spend a portion of the trip with host families.

    Approximate Dates: June 2-25, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $5,900
    Student Eligibility: Students enrolled in Spanish 1 or Spanish 2
    Program Directors: Scott Navitsky and Jairo Rivera

    CASA Application 
    CASA Recommendation
    CASA Blog
  • Woodberry in China

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry in China gives students an overview of the rich and varied cultures of China. Students improve their Chinese language abilities and gain an appreciation for the diversity of this ancient nation. The program is designed as an introduction to a lifelong interaction with China and its people. Highlights include a twelve-day homestay in coordination with Liuzhou High School.

    The trip traditionally runs every other summer and visits Guilin, Xi’an, and Beijing in addition to one other Chinese region. We plan to offer the trip again in the Summer of 2020.

    Approximate Dates: One month, starting almost immediately after the academic year
    Approximate Cost: $8,600
    Student Eligibility: Students enrolled in Chinese 2 or higher
    Academic Credit: One year of Chinese. A student who completes the summer with distinction, earning a grade of “A-” or higher, can use the credit to count as his next level of Chinese, allowing him to jump one level.
    Program Directors: Scott Navitsky and Ping Guan
  • Woodberry in Cuba

    Overview and itinerary: The Woodberry in Cuba program is designed for mature students who want to learn about a nation following an alternative economic, political, and social model to that of the United States. Students in the program will be exposed to history, Spanish language, and Cuban culture and literature.

    The trip will visit Casa de las Américas, the most important cultural and literary institution in Latin America, and the Universidad de la Habana, one of the region’s most prestigious universities.

    Approximate Dates: March 2-11, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $3,500
    Student Eligibility: Current fifth and sixth formers
    Program Directors: Jairo Rivera and Drew Collier
  • Woodberry at the Fringe Festival *NEW

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry at the Fringe takes students to the world’s largest arts and theater festival — the Fringe Festival — in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over two weeks, participants not only get to know an ancient and beautiful city, they also mount their own theater production. To prepare, students select, workshop, and rehearse a show throughout the academic year; they plan sets and gather materials, and they devise a marketing strategy to convince festival-goers to see their show. In addition to experiencing the Fringe and Scotland, students will meet peers from all over the world who share an interest in theater.

    This a co-educational trip. Participants will stay in residence halls at the University of Edinburgh.

    Approximate Dates: August 1-16, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $8,100
    Student Eligibility: Rising fourth, fifth, and sixth formers
    Program Director: Brent Cirves
  • Woodberry in the Galapagos

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry in the Galapagos introduces students to the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic island chain off the coast of Ecuador home to distinctive plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Charles Darwin’s species collection and observations in the Galapagos contributed to his theory of evolution by natural selection. The program focuses on natural history: students study the life on and around the islands with a particular interest in ecological and geological processes, as well how human behavior has affected this unique environment.

    This a co-educational trip. Participants will visit cloud forest locations near Quito, Ecuador before traveling to the Galapagos to tour by boat a number of the islands that make up the archipelago.

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    Approximate Dates: June 16–July 1, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $6,000
    Student Eligibility: Rising fifth and sixth formers 
    Program Director: Jim Reid

  • Woodberry in Oxford

    Overview and itinerary:
    Woodberry has a decades-long tradition of summer study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Each year, a different faculty team designs and teaches a course to Woodberry students that highlights various aspects of English history, drama, visual art, literature, and politics. Students and faculty reside in Brasenose College at Oxford for the duration of the trip; the group makes frequent trips to London and other destinations of cultural interest.

    Last summer, the trip focused on British history from the pre-Roman period through World War II. Participants studied important political and historical figures like Boudica, Shakespeare, and Winston Churchill, and they visited The Globe Theater, the Churchill War Rooms, and the British Museum among many other sites.

    Approximate Dates: June 30–July 23, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $8,300
    Student Eligibility: Rising fifth and sixth formers
    Program Director: Gerald Wixted

    Woodberry in Oxford Blog 2019

  • Woodberry on the Silk Road

    Overview and itinerary: In its second year, Woodberry on the Silk Road is a summer trip designed as a companion experience to the history courses “Caliphs and Kings” and “China and the World,” as well as other Woodberry offerings in the Foreign Language and Religion departments. The program aims to introduce students firsthand to the places, history, and cultures along the Silk Road, which historically stretched from Jerusalem and Constantinople in the West to Xi’an, China in the East, forming the greatest cultural and trading network in human history.

    Last summer, students participated in archaeological digs and visited historic sites in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Israel. In 2019, the trip turns its attention to the eastern portions of the route, taking students to Turfan, Xi’an, and even Hong Kong.

    Approximate Dates: June 9–29, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $9,000
    Student Eligibility: Rising fifth and sixth formers
    Academic Credit: Participants are eligible to undertake research leading to a 1/3 honors history credit at Woodberry Forest.
    Program Director: Tony Watson 

    2018 Program Records
    Silk Road Application   
    Photo Album of Israel    
    Photo Album of Silk Road (2018)

    2019 Program Records
    Photo Album of Silk Road (2019)
  • Woodberry in South Africa *NEW

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry’s newest summer trip, Woodberry in South Africa, will engage students interested in science and health, as well as those wishing to learn about new cultures. The trip will expose participants to important global health topics and to the interaction between politics and medicine, with the goal of expanding the social conscience of boys who may wish to pursue further education or careers in science and medicine. The course also aims to foster cross-disciplinary learning opportunities in a global setting.

    The trip will divide its time between Cape Town and Hermanus, a seaside town 70 miles east of Cape Town.

    Approximate Dates: July 28–August 10, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $3,800
    Student Eligibility: Rising fifth and sixth formers
    Program Directors: Jacob and Keri Geiger
  • Woodberry in Spain

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry’s oldest study abroad offering, Woodberry in Spain is a five-week language immersion program. The sights, sounds, and aromas of Spain set the background for an opportunity to live the language. The program starts in Madrid and then moves onto Seville, the first of two homestay experiences. One student per family ensures a total Spanish language and culture experience. After a brief respite in the Mediterranean city of Valencia — where students experience paella and horchata — they spend the remainder of the program in homestays in San Sebastián. This Basque city in northeastern Spain offers a stark contrast to their time Seville.

    Approximate Dates: June 8–July 13, 2019
    Approximate Cost: $9,000
    Student Eligibility: Rising sixth formers who will have completed Spanish 2; completion of Spanish 3 before the trip is preferred. Students must have a good disciplinary record and a passion for the language.
    Program Directors: Andrew Handelsman and Drew Collier

    Spain travel blog

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available for the study abroad programs. Several endowed fellowships — supported by generous alumni or friends of the school — allow students to pursue special summer activities that might not otherwise be possible.
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