Curricular Global Learning​​

From bustling city streets to serene temples, programs in China and Japan give you instant access to millennia of history and culture. 

Cherry blossoms hanging from a tree in Japan.

Explore Tokyo, a city of dichotomies. At once ultra-modern and centuries-old, Tokyo offers never-ending avenues of exploration. Flashing lights and the latest technology share city blocks with ancient temples and traditions — and it’s all there for you to explore. Open to seniors, you’ll study Japanese and take classes at Seikei High School while living with a host family. You’ll explore the country on school trips to Nara, Kyoto and Hiroshima and experience Japanese culture first-hand through special classes in flower arranging, judo, calligraphy, drumming and other traditional arts.

Shenzhen skyline

Seniors studying Chinese have the opportunity to spend the winter term in a city home to one of the fastest growing business markets in the world, Shenzhen. Here you’ll study alongside Chinese students at the Shen Wai International School and live with a host family resulting in a truly immersive experience. You’ll also partake in specially curated cultural activities such as Chinese painting, music and excursions to historical points of interest. 

School Year Abroad - China
Students pose for the camera in China.

Together, Exeter, Phillips Academy and St. Paul’s School founded School Year Abroad as a way to give students a yearlong, fully immersive cultural experience. Open to uppers or seniors, you’ll live in Beijing with a host family, master Mandarin through classes on Chinese culture and global environmental science, and explore both urban and rural areas of a country that’s on the world’s center stage.

The Experiential Approach

​Hands-on opportunities for learning in Asia are available through internships and faculty-led trips.

Hong Kong

Exonians learn the essentials of entrepreneurship

During an intensive two-week summer session at the MIT Innovation Academy in Hong Kong, students build and pitch products that solve real-world problems.


PEA Musicians Wow Concertgoers in Vietnam on 'Peace and Innovation' Tour

'I have never heard a group of teenagers reach such a standard,' writes a concertgoer. 'It was of London concert hall standard.'

Seeing the world on spring break

Dozens of Exonians venture across the country and around the world to experience the people, places and history.