Curricular Global Learning​​

Become fluent in French, put non sibi values into action in a small community in Ireland, take a walk in Shakespeare’s shoes, ski in the Alps or study Latin among Roman ruins.


Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, is your stage for this term abroad, filled with opportunities to enjoy theater, the countryside and excursions to London and beyond. With an academic focus on theater and literature, you’ll read plays and see them performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and visit sites described by great British authors. You’ll live with an Exeter faculty member on Furzen Hill Farm, a working family farm not far from Stratford. The cities of Birmingham, Oxford, London, Bristol and Bath are just a day trip away.

Grenoble, France

Situated at the foot of the French Alps, Exeter’s program offers you a chance to stay with a host family in 2,000-year-old Grenoble. Perfect your accent while immersed in the language, whether you’re walking through the city, or hiking or skiing high above it. Your course of study surveys French history and art, theater, linguistics and more. And a central location means weekend trips to the coast, Paris, Switzerland and Spain are a short bus or train ride away.


Known as “the city that creates knowledge,” Göttingen is the perfect base for an enriching experience. You’ll live with a German family and become fully integrated into the daily life of the city. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking like a local! You’ll study German literature and language, and a diverse range of other subjects at the host school, Theodor Heuss Gymnasium. On a typical day, you could go to class, play sports with classmates, explore the historic city’s parks and landmarks in the afternoon, study at a café and attend a symphony in the evening.


Spending a term in Callan, Ireland means you’ll live out Exeter’s motto, non sibi (“not for oneself”), on a daily basis. While staying in Callan, you’ll observe and assist professionals in the care of a person with special needs at Ballytobin, a Camphill Community. Founded by Patrick Lydon '68, the community helps teach Exeter students wisdom beyond the classroom. You’ll dive into the vibrant educational and artistic life of this community and record your reflections as Ballytobin leaves a lasting mark on your life.


Study Latin, Greek, history and the classics among the ruins of the Roman empire. You’ll have two weeks of directed study at home before spending seven weeks on-location in Rome followed by a weeklong excursion to the Bay of Naples region. Outside the classroom, you’ll taste regional specialties, practice your Italian (no experience necessary), have plenty of time to tour ancient sites and museums, and maybe even rent a scooter to get around! You’ll stay with the rest of the group from Exeter along with a PEA faculty member.

St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia

Spend a term in Russia’s second-largest city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. You’ll stay with a family in the heart of Russia’s “northern capital” and attend ProBa Language Center

Daily small-group language classes are interspersed with individual instruction and excursions to areas of cultural and historical significance, such as the Hermitage Museum and Mariinsky Opera. The school offers additional sightseeing tours and themed excursions on topics such as religion, history and economics. 

Colegio Santa Maria la Blanca

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture in Madrid, the political, economic and cultural center of Spain and the third-largest city in the European Union.

You’ll live with a host family and attend the Colegio Santa Maria la Blanca in the city's Montecarmelo neighborhood. The program includes field trips to Barcelona, Sevilla, Toledo, Salamanca and San Sebastian.

Enjoy courses in Spanish literature, grammar and culture, and your choices from history, economics, philosophy, math and science. 

School Year Abroad - France, Italy & Spain
School Year Abroad

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 with a host family, learn alongside other foreign students, and go deep into a country’s culture, history, art, politics and more. SYA’s Europe programs are located in Rennes, France; Viterbo, Italy and Zaragoza, Spain.

The Experiential Approach

Hands-on opportunities for learning in Europe are available through a variety of programs, internships and faculty-led trips. 

Western Europe

Rediscovering heroes: visiting key sites of the Great War

Alumni travel to major battle sites, memorials and cemeteries in France and Belgium with Emeritus History Instructor Jack Herney as their guide.