Summer Study Abroad
Go global with programs in China, France or Spain
For more than 40 years, Choate Rosemary Hall has offered authentic, experiential language immersion programs abroad. In-country and Wallingford-based Choate faculty experienced with teaching American and international high school students and carefully selected host families make for an unforgettable experience of language and culture.
- Stimulating courses taught by native speakers and Choate faculty in some of the world’s most historically significant cities
- Carefully tailored experiential learning for preparation as a global citizen
- Excursions to museums, cultural and historical sites, and places of interest that bring the classroom learning to life
- Multi-week homestays with host families
- The opportunity to accelerate as much as one year in language depending on a student’s degree of improvement
Located in Beijing, this 5-week summer term program balances language immersion and course work with an exploration of urban and rural development in Beijing and Shanghai. Through their studies, homestay with local Beijing families, and explorations outside of the classroom, participants dramatically improve their language fluency in four essential language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, daily immersion in the Chinese culture allows students gains in self-confidence and a better understanding of themselves as global citizens while they hone interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills.
Students currently in grades 9-11 of all language levels are welcome.
Academics and Excursions:
A typical weekday schedule starts with 3 hours of language instruction. While mornings are dedicated to language instruction, the afternoons open up a world of opportunities, including visits to museums and workshops on Chinese painting and calligraphy.
In addition, students start the program with a week long excursion to Shanghai where they begin their study of China’s rural and urban development with visits to SOHO Energy Saving Center, SOHO 3-Q, Shanghai-Jiang village and other cultural landmarks. This exploration continues upon return to Beijing with visits to the Dandelion School, and the Beijing Commission on Urban Planning. The program is rounded out by visits to other historically significant locations including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and Tian An Men Square.
During our four weeks in Beijing, students will stay for 2 weeks in the dorm at the China Conservatory and 2 weeks with host families. In our host families, each student will be partnered with a sibling of similar age and gender. This experience will allow students to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and family life. Students stay in hotels while on excursion.
Students depart on June 22 and the program officially begins with arrival in China the following day. Students are encouraged to depart on our reserved flight from JFK International Airport. Participants choosing not to do so are asked to arrange their own travel during a specified arrival time. The China program concludes on July 27 in Beijing.
Tuition cost is $6,950. This fee covers ground transportation within China for all program activities, homestay, lodging, instruction, group meals, entrance fees, and international insurance. Not included in this cost are international flights, passport and visa fees, vaccination and travel medicine expenses, and personal spending money.
Email China Program Director, Carol Chen-Lin.
Located in Paris, this 5-week immersion program offers intermediate to advanced high school French language students the opportunity to live, study, and travel in France. Students stay with Parisian families, take courses conducted exclusively in French and travel to historic and cultural sites.
The program is open to students currently in grades 9-11 who have completed two years of high school French (or its equivalent).
Participants attend classes, all taught in the French language in Art History, French History, and French Language and Literature for 3 hours every morning. Weekday afternoons students attend "visites" courses conducted in museums and at cultural sites in Paris. Through these visits, writing, readings and discussion, as well as casual conversation and observation, students are asked to reflect on French culture and language – improving their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills.
In addition, students prepare an independent project to be presented in a written format and à l'oral to the entire group. Students will also attend a marketing/cooking or outdoor painting workshop.
Living in a Parisian home has many rewards. It is an opportunity for students to develop relationships with French people and immerse themselves in Paris culture.
Students are placed 1 or 2 to a household, depending on the linguistic qualifications of the student and on the accommodations available.
Program travel is devoted to exploring the historic and artistic treasures of Paris and the surrounding area.
- Musée d’Orsay
- Cathédrale de Notre-Dame
- Monet's house at Giverny
In conjunction with their study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, students travel to the Loire Valley to visit the famed châteaux built or embellished by French kings such as François Ier, and Henri II, and frequented by historical figures such as Joan of Arc, Leonardo Da Vinci and Catherine de Médicis.
Students depart on June 16 and the program officially begins with arrival in Paris the following day. Students are encouraged to travel on our reserved flight from JFK International Airport. Participants choosing not to do so are asked to arrange their own travel during a specified arrival time. The France program concludes on July 20 in Paris.
Tuition cost is $6,950. This fee covers ground transportation within France for all program activities, homestay, instruction, all group meals, lodging, museum entrances, and international health insurance. Not included in this cost are international airfare and personal spending money.
Email France Program Co-Director, Anne Armour.
The Choate Summer Program in Spain offers intermediate to advanced high school Spanish language students the opportunity to live, study and travel in Spain. During our five-week program participants live with families in La Coruña and take courses taught exclusively in Spanish by our in-country faculty. Daily immersion in Spanish studies and in the routines of life in La Coruña enables participants not only to improve their knowledge of Spanish language and culture, but also to gain self-confidence and a better understanding of themselves as global citizens.
The program is open to students currently in grades 9-11 who have completed two years of high school Spanish (or its equivalent).
Courses are conducted exclusively in Spanish and consist of 1 major course in either Spanish Grammar or Literature (depending on the language level of the student) and 2 minor courses in Spanish Art and Architecture and Spanish Civilization and Culture.
Students spend the mornings in classes, return to their families for lunch, and spend the afternoons exploring the city of La Coruña.
Students live with and eat all meals with their Spanish host families in La Coruña allowing for complete language immersion and cultural learning.
Students travel on week day and weekend trips to museums and locations of cultural importance: the Old City “La ciudad vieja,” Domus Museum of Anthropology, Santiago de Compostela, the Roman Tower of Hércules.During the program's final week students travel throughout northern and central Spain. Locations have included:
- Salamanca – the historic University of Salamanca
- Segovia – the Roman aqueduct
- Toledo – the El Transito Synagogue and the Cathedral
- Madrid – the world-famous Prado museum
Students depart on June 22 and the program officially begins with arrival in La Coruña the following day. Students are encouraged to depart on our reserved flight from JFK International Airport. Participants choosing not to do so are asked to arrange their own travel during a specified arrival time. The Spain program concludes on July 27 in Madrid.
Tuition cost is $6,800. This fee covers ground transportation within Spain for all program activities, homestay, instruction, all group meals, lodging, museum entrances, and international health insurance. Not included in this cost are international airfare and personal spending money.
Email Spain Program Co-Director, Nancy Burress.
Due to the dates of the observance of Ramadan, Choate’s Arabic Language summer study abroad program which has occurred in Jordan and Oman will not take place in the summer of 2016. The program will continue in the summer of 2017, potentially in a new location.
Email Program Director, Georges Chahwan
During Choate’s programs all participating students are covered by International SOS (ISOS), a premier international services company. ISOS provides emergency medical, personal, travel, legal and security assistance services as needed. A call to the ISOS Network provides our faculty with a multi-lingual staff trained to help resolve such issues. Services range from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale medical evacuations by private air ambulance. In addition, ISOS's global security network is designed to assist in managing the complex issues of people, information, communications, and transportation during a threatening emergency situation. ISOS’s coverage works in conjunction with Nationwide Insurance to whom all international health claims will be submitted.
In addition, Choate continuously monitors world events and may, when safety and /or security dictate, move a program’s location, or cancel a program entirely. Refunds will be issued should Choate decide to cancel a program due to safety and /or security concerns.
For more information contact Sara Boisvert, Director of Global Programs.