Welcome to Global Programs at Choate Rosemary Hall! Choate prepares our students to be globally competent citizens instilled with the intercultural awareness necessary to be leaders in an ever-changing world. Our globally relevant curriculum equips students with the fluency, skills, and capacity to examine and question their own perspectives while also listening to and empathizing with the cultures and traditions of others.
As the epitome of experiential education Choate’s Global Programs offer off-campus authentic transformative opportunities that maximize participants’ understanding of and empathy for others. Our experiences are designed to build independence, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and adaptability through exposure to new ways of living and thinking. Ultimately our programs cultivate global citizens with a commitment to improving the welfare of others and a desire to be a positive force in the world.
Language and Cultural Immersion Programs
Choate operates both 9-week term abroad programs and 5-week summer programs based in Beijing, China, Paris, France and La Coruña, Spain. In addition, we offer a four-week Arabic language program in various locations depending on the year. Past programs have taken place in Jordan and Oman. These experiences broaden students’ geographical, historical, linguistic, and cultural knowledge while maintaining Choate’s high academic standards and emphasis on character and skill development. Rather than offering students a sightseeing experience, our programs extend an invitation for students to immerse themselves in the language, daily routines and cultural habits of another country for an extended period of time.
The common elements of Choate’s programs include oversight by an in-country Choate faculty member, daily language instruction and interdisciplinary studies taught in the target language by native speakers, experiential learning through cultural excursions and field trips, and living with a host family.
Open to all students, with preference given to those enrolled in classics, students may spend a term at St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy. Our Arabic language students have the opportunity to spend the fall term at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. Choate is also part of the U.S.-Japan TIES (Toin International Exchange Students) Program that runs for four weeks each summer.
Short-Term Off-Campus Experiencs
Choate students and faculty have the opportunity to participate in short-term (7 to 14 day) cultural, service focused, student exchange, musical performance and team sports trips. In the past 3 years we have offered the following opportunities:
- Saudi Arabia (2015)
- Exploring Arabic Influences in southern Spain (2016)
Student Exchange:High School Affiliated to Fudan University in Shanghai, China (2014, 2015, 2016)
Faculty Programs and Exchanges:
- International College of Beirut in Lebanon (2014, 2015, 2016)
- Mutiara International Grammar School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015)
- Climate Change Educator Program, Bolivia (2015)
- Best Practices in International Experiential Education, Nepal (2016)
- Collaborative Leadership Program, Cuba (2016)
- Cayambe, Ecuador (2014, 2015)
- Oaxaca, Mexico (2014, 2015)