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Semester Away Programs

Spend a semester immersed in a new culture and expand your global perspective!
Domestic and international opportunities allow students to continue their Pingry education outside the walls of the school.

Why spend a semester or year off-campus?
Let our students tell you why!

Discover the Programs (grades listed are for the year of attendance)

Form IV

Coastal Studies for Girls
A science and leadership school for girls located in Freeport, Maine. The semester focuses on marine and environmental science and leadership.

The Outdoor Academy
The Outdoor Academy is an accredited semester school program located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Academy's mission is to provide experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.

Swiss Semester
Swiss Semester is located in Zermatt, Switzerland and combines a high caliber of academics with a vigorous outdoor experience that includes downhill skiing and ice climbing. This program is for fall semester only.

Alzar School
The mission of the Alzar School is to develop and educate high school leaders who will change the world. The school aims to equip students with the background and skills to be effective leaders. The core of the program takes place in Cascade, Idaho. Students will participate in a rigorous academic and outdoor program, will spend a portion of their time on the program in Chile, and will compelte a culminating leadership project upon return to their home school.

Island School
Spend a semester on Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas. This program is run by and affiliated with the Lawrenceville School. Students are asked to confront authentic challenges, engage with the people and environment of The Bahamas and apply knowledge learned to real-world problems. Students participate in daily exercise, SCUBA diving and island exploration as well as learning leadership and teamwork skills.

The American School in Switzerland (TASIS)
TASIS, The American School in Switzerland, comprises two campuses in Lugano, Switzerland and Thorpe, England. Both schools offer students a unique and challenging study abroad experience and an American curriculum. TASIS is committed to teaching the heritage of Western Civilization and world cultures: the creations, achievements, traditions and ideals from the past that offer purpose in the present and guidance for the future. All Semester Abroad students are roomed with students from other countries, offering a truly international experience.

The Traveling School
The Traveling School is an academic semester overseas for girls between the ages of 15-18. The Traveling School's goals are to provide an unparalleled academic experience, involve students in local culture and tradition, and immerse students in outdoor exploration. Fall semesters travel to southern Africa and spring semesters are spent in South America.

American Field Service (AFS)
Spend a semester or a year living with a host family and attending a local school. AFS offers programs in many countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some language requirements may apply depending on destination.

Arabic Year
Spend a semester or a year at King's Academy in Jordan. Arabic Year offers students an intensive one-year Arabic language study, Middle Eastern cultural immersion and experiential learning opportunities. King's Academy is an American-style boarding school in Jordan modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Spend a semester or a full year enrolled in a local school and living with a host family. CIEE has programs in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. A minimum language requirement must be met for the France, German (spring semester only), Italy, and Spain.

Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE)
Spend a semester or year abroad at an internationally renowned boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northern India, or the tropical hills of southern India. Students who spend the full year will participate in a six-week winter break tour of the country.

St. Stephen's Rome

Casuarinas IB School
Lima, Peru

Form V

Alzar School
The mission of the Alzar School is to develop and educate high school leaders who will change the world. The school aims to equip students with the background and skills to be effective leaders. The core of the program takes place in Cascade, Idaho. Students will participate in a rigorous academic and outdoor program, will spend a portion of their time on the program in Chile, and will compelte a culminating leadership project upon return to their home school.

Island School
Spend a semester on Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas. This program is run by and affiliated with the Lawrenceville School. Students are asked to confront authentic challenges, engage with the people and environment of The Bahamas and apply knowledge learned to real-world problems. Students participate in daily exercise, SCUBA diving and island exploration as well as learning leadership and teamwork skills.

The American School in Switzerland (TASIS)
TASIS, The American School in Switzerland, comprises two campuses in Lugano, Switzerland and Thorpe, England. Both schools offer students a unique and challenging study abroad experience and an American curriculum. TASIS is committed to teaching the heritage of Western Civilization and world cultures: the creations, achievements, traditions and ideals from the past that offer purpose in the present and guidance for the future. All Semester Abroad students are roomed with students from other countries, offering a truly international experience.

The Traveling School
The Traveling School is an academic semester overseas for girls between the ages of 15-18. The Traveling School's goals are to provide an unparalleled academic experience, involve students in local culture and tradition, and immerse students in outdoor exploration. Fall semesters travel to southern Africa and spring semesters are spent in South America.

Chewonki Semester School
Spend a semester located on a 400 acre saltwater peninsula at Camp Chewonki in Wicasset, Maine. This challenging academic program offers a small and informal community where students explore the relationship between people and the environment.

The Mountain School of Milton Academy
This semester is run by Milton Academy and takes place on a working organic farm in Vershire, Vermont. Courses provide a demanding, integrated learning experience that takes full advantage of the school's small size and mountain campus. Students help to make important decisions concerning how they live together and manage the farm. They also work to create a trusting atmosphere where everyone belongs and every voice matters.

HMI Semester
An academic semester located at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colorado. This program, which was formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Semester, has a rigorous academic program, is wilderness based And focuses on students' connections to the natural world, community and leadership skills. The program spends six weeks on campus and six weeks doing wilderness expeditions in Colorado and Utah.

School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL)
Located in Washington D.C., this semester program selects students who have shown outstanding character, promise for leadership, and scholastic ability and provides them with a unique curriculum that emphasizes ethical thinking, leadership development, and international affairs. Inaugural class, fall semester 2009.

City Term
Run by the Masters School at Dobbs Ferry, New York, this semester uses New York City as its classroom and laboratory. It brings intellectually adventuresome students together for a semester of intensive, experience-based learning. City Term's mission is to encourage students to engage fully in learning and thinking for themselves, about themselves and about who and what is beyond themselves.

Oxbow School
This innovative semester offers a rigorous studio art practice grounded in creative and and intellectual inquiry.Oxbow offers the nation's only semester program that combines high-level instruction in the visual arts with academic subjects, all taught in an interdisciplinary, college-style environment. Please note that some curriculum adjustments here at Pingry may be required to attend this program.

Catalyst Term at African Leadership Academy
Johannesberg, South Africa

American Field Service (AFS)
Spend a semester or a year living with a host family and attending a local school. AFS offers programs in many countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some language requirements may apply depending on destination.

Arabic Year
Spend a semester or a year at King's Academy in Jordan. Arabic Year offers students an intensive one-year Arabic language study, Middle Eastern cultural immersion and experiential learning opportunities. King's Academy is an American-style boarding school in Jordan modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Spend a semester or a full year enrolled in a local school and living with a host family. CIEE has programs in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. A minimum language requirement must be met for the France, German (spring semester only), Italy, and Spain.

Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE)
Spend a semester or year abroad at an internationally renowned boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northern India, or the tropical hills of southern India. Students who spend the full year will participate in a six-week winter break tour of the country.

School Year Abroad (SYA)
Spend the full academic year living with a host family, attending a local school, traveling and getting to know another culture. SYA has programs in China, France, India, Italy and Spain. A minimum language requirement is needed for the France and Spain programs.

St. Stephen's Rome

Casuarinas IB School
Lima, Peru


Form VI

City Term
Run by the Masters School at Dobbs Ferry, New York, this semester uses New York City as its classroom and laboratory. It brings intellectually adventuresome students together for a semester of intensive, experience-based learning. City Term's mission is to encourage students to engage fully in learning and thinking for themselves, about themselves and about who and what is beyond themselves.

Oxbow School
This innovative semester offers a rigorous studio art practice grounded in creative and and intellectual inquiry.Oxbow offers the nation's only semester program that combines high-level instruction in the visual arts with academic subjects, all taught in an interdisciplinary, college-style environment. Please note that some curriculum adjustments here at Pingry may be required to attend this program.

Catalyst Term at African Leadership Academy
Johannesberg, South Africa

American Field Service (AFS)
Spend a semester or a year living with a host family and attending a local school. AFS offers programs in many countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some language requirements may apply depending on destination.

Arabic Year
Spend a semester or a year at King's Academy in Jordan. Arabic Year offers students an intensive one-year Arabic language study, Middle Eastern cultural immersion and experiential learning opportunities. King's Academy is an American-style boarding school in Jordan modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Spend a semester or a full year enrolled in a local school and living with a host family. CIEE has programs in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. A minimum language requirement must be met for the France, German (spring semester only), Italy, and Spain.

Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE)
Spend a semester or year abroad at an internationally renowned boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northern India, or the tropical hills of southern India. Students who spend the full year will participate in a six-week winter break tour of the country.

School Year Abroad (SYA)
Spend the full academic year living with a host family, attending a local school, traveling and getting to know another culture. SYA has programs in China, France, India, Italy and Spain. A minimum language requirement is needed for the France and Spain programs.

St. Stephen's Rome

Casuarinas IB School
Lima, Peru

Applying for a Semester Away Program

At Pingry, opportunities for cultural exploration and understanding abound, and the classroom is just the beginning. How will you make the world a better place, today?

Application Process

Selecting the right program

Students planning to participate in a semester or full year away program must speak with the Director of Global Education prior to beginning the application process (typically in the fall or winter, one year prior to departure). Advance planning allows Pingry to help facilitate the process for the student and his or her family—that is, discussing a student’s academic progression and ensuring that the program the student wishes to attend is the best match.

Students applying to a study away program for the following, full school year must discuss their application with the Director of Global Education no later than March 1. Many programs have application deadlines in February, and the U.S. State Department program deadlines are in October (almost a full year before travel).

Notifying Pingry

Those students who plan to spend a semester away in the following academic year must confirm their participation in the selected program by April 30 of the current academic year. Pingry does not charge tuition/fees for the portion of the year that the student is away. Failure to inform Pingry of participation in a semester away program by April 30 could result in the full-year Pingry tuition.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid from Pingry will have their aid grant prorated and applied to the portion of their year on campus. No portion of Pingry financial aid will be transferred to the study away program. Many of the study away programs offer their own financial aid, and in some cases 100% aid for qualified students is available. Students interested in financial assistance for study away programs will need to apply through the specific program to cover the costs of their time away. Generally, the earlier you apply, the more aid available.

Full financial aid for students who qualify is available for the following programs:

  • Alzar School (Idaho & Chile)
  • CITYterm (New York City)
  • High Mountain Institute (Colorado)
  • The Island School (Bahamas)
  • Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki (Maine)
  • The Mountain School of Milton Academy (Vermont)
  • The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (Washington D.C.)
  • School Year Abroad (France, Spain, Italy, or China)
  • U.S. State Dept National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Exchange (13+ countries)
  • U.S. State Dept Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange (11 countries)
  • U.S. State Dept Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (Germany)

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Equipping students to be global citizens and leaders who engage with the world rather than seek sanctuary from it—this is a priority for us.

Pingry's Global Programs promote cultural literacy and challenge students and faculty to see the world from others’ perspectives through relevant curriculum and extracurricular opportunities that bring the world into the classroom.