Global Opportunities

The world is waiting for you

Exeter’s Global Initiatives programs, an extension of the Harkness table, offer students a diverse array of opportunities around the world — each a vital lesson in global citizenship through experiential immersion. This past summer, as we emerged from COVID travel restrictions, programs included pollinator species research for the Bee Barcode of Life Initiative in Costa Rica; social entrepreneurship in Berlin, with a focus on developing sustainable solutions to community challenges; archeological excavation with the Gabbi Project archeological dig in Lazio, Italy; a student service-learning project in New Orleans, Louisiana, to name a few.

In the year ahead, students will be studying abroad in five countries: England, Italy, Japan, Germany, and Spain. Students will travel on a range of domestic and international programs during our November and March breaks, and we continue to expand internship opportunities for rising seniors.

In the spirit of Exeter’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision Statement, we believe “that we are all better equipped to learn and to lead when our thoughts are tested by others, particularly by those whose thoughts or identities are different from our own. Only when we skillfully engage our differences — whether they are grounded in race; ethnicity; national or geographic origin; religious, philosophical or political beliefs; gender or gender identity; sexual orientation; age; physical ability; family structure, socioeconomic status or life experience — will we find a path to that greater understanding of the world and how we can be of service to it.”

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program destinations in 11 countries around the world

My homestay family was incredible. We often talked about German and American stereotypes as they were just as curious to learn about my life as I was to learn about theirs."
Jeremy Xu ‘19

Live the questions

Curiosity is your compass with Global Initiatives.

Our travel programs

From terms and full school years abroad to week-long experiential travel over breaks, Global Initiatives has something for everyone.
Up to three months of study in one of eight destinations.

School Year Abroad

Developed by Exeter and peer schools nearly 60 years ago, the SYA Europe program goes to France, Italy and Spain.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our programs empower students to become leaders of change.

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Environment and Sustainability

Study sustainable farming in Vermont, climate threats to pollinators in Costa Rica and more.

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Business and Entrepreneurship

Finance, design thinking, ethics and engineering, from Boston to Berlin.

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History, Literature and the Arts

Write a play in Shakespeare's shadow or dig for artifacts at the site of Julius Caesar's most famous victories.

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Language and Culture

The French Alps and the streets of Madrid are among your global classrooms.

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Politics and Economics

Intern for 10 weeks in the Washington, D.C., office of a senator or congressperson.

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Service Learning

Put the Exeter core value of non sibi into action.

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Science, Innovation and Technology

Learning opportunities stretch from a Stanford lab to a beach in The Bahamas.

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Internships and Fellowships

From field research in biology on the Isles of Shoals to archival projects at the New York Historical Society.

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Contact Global Initiatives

Patty Burke Hickey, Director Chelsea Davidson, Assistant Director