Invaluable and immeasurable opportunities: living in a different culture.
The Trimester Abroad Programs are designed to offer students the opportunity to live, learn, and work side-by-side with students and adults from a different culture who may operate under a different set of cultural norms, assumptions, and guiding principles. We believe that living in a different culture for a trimester helps students re-evaluate and stretch their mental model of how the world outside of their home community works, and to see their own culture through a new set of lenses. In this way, students develop empathy and appreciation for difference and increasingly see the value of active contribution to global citizenry.
Students who engage in Trimesters Abroad consistently return with increased self-confidence, self-awareness, and purpose. Students often return energized around issues of social justice, politics, and US relationships abroad.