Study Abroad Programs

Program Offerings

Woodberry Forest offers a variety of spring break and summer study abroad opportunities designed to give students an immersive experience in a new culture or academic discipline. Summer is a great time to try new things, explore new places, and build on the knowledge gained during the school year. Woodberry supports the personal growth of current students through a wide range of optional summer programs. Many students elect to go on summer study abroad programs with the school, so apply early!

Woodberry, a premiere boarding prep school near Washington, DC, also offers a trimester-long exchange program with three boys schools in South Africa. Boys spend the fall trimester of the fifth-form year abroad and are invited to apply in the winter of their fourth-form year.

Study Abroad Programs

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  • Woodberry MESA - To resume in 2022

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry's Spanish teachers and students have traveled to a variety of Central American locations — Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama — in recent years. This year, the program turns northward to Mexico where students will split their time between Mexico City and the colonial city of Cuernavaca. Boys participate in a homestay and practice their Spanish with native speakers in a completely immersed environment. They also explore museums, authentic music and food, and local industry. The program emphasizes one-on-one tutorials, dynamic classes, specialized language instruction, innovative teaching methods, and full immersion that will enhance boys’ Spanish skills. CASA also incorporates meaningful community service; participants improve their understanding of local culture and language through sustained local outreach.

    The trip is based in Mexico, and students spend a portion of the trip with host families.

    Program Directors: Jairo Rivera 
    Approximate Dates: 2022
    Approximate Cost: TBD
    Student Eligibility: Students enrolled in Spanish 1 or Spanish 2

    MESA Blog
  • Woodberry in the Galapagos

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry in the Galapagos introduces students to the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic island chain off the coast of Ecuador home to distinctive plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Charles Darwin’s species collection and observations in the Galapagos contributed to his theory of evolution by natural selection. The program focuses on natural history: students study the life on and around the islands with a particular interest in ecological and geological processes, as well how human behavior has affected this unique environment.

    This a co-educational trip. Participants will visit cloud forest locations near Quito, Ecuador before traveling to the Galapagos to tour by boat a number of the islands that make-up the archipelago.

    Program Directors: Abbie and Len Mills
    Approximate Dates: TBD
    Approximate Cost: TBD
    Student Eligibility: Current fourth and fifth formers; girls who are high school sophomores or juniors

    Galapagos Blog from Summer 2021:
  • Woodberry in Oxford

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry has a decades-long tradition of summer study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Each year, a different faculty team designs and teaches a course to Woodberry students that highlights various aspects of English history, drama, visual art, literature, and politics. Students and faculty reside in Brasenose College at Oxford for the duration of the trip; the group makes frequent trips to London and other destinations of cultural interest.

    Last summer, the trip focused on British history from the pre-Roman period through World War II. Participants studied important political and historical figures like Boudica, Shakespeare, and Winston Churchill, and they visited The Globe Theater, the Churchill War Rooms, and the British Museum among many other sites.

    Program Directors: Ben Hale and Lewis Affronti
    Approximate Dates: TBD
    Approximate Cost: TBD
    Student Eligibility: Current fourth and fifth formers

    Woodberry in Oxford Blog 2019

  • Woodberry on the Silk Road

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry on the Silk Road is a summer trip designed as a companion experience to the history courses Caliphs and Kings and China and the World, as well as other Woodberry offerings in the foreign language and religion departments. The program aims to introduce students firsthand to the places, history, and cultures along the Silk Road, which historically stretched from Jerusalem and Constantinople in the West to Xi'an, China in the East, forming the greatest cultural and trading network in human history.

    Students will visit archaeological dig and historic sites in Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. They’ll try their hands at falconing and fishing in Central Asia and explore sites of global importance in Istanbul.

    Program Director: Tony Watson and Taaj Davis
    Student Eligibility: Current fourth and fifth formers

    2021 Program Records
    Woodberry Forest on the Silk Road Blog (2021)

    2019 Program Records
    Photo Album of Silk Road (2019)

    2018 Program Records
    Photo Album of Israel    
    Photo Album of Silk Road (2018)

  • Woodberry in Spain

    Overview and itinerary: Woodberry’s oldest study abroad offering, Woodberry in Spain is a five-week language immersion program. The sights, sounds, and aromas of Spain set the background for an opportunity to live the language. The program starts in Madrid and then moves onto Seville, the first of two homestay experiences. One student per family ensures a total Spanish language and culture experience. After a brief respite in the Mediterranean city of Valencia — where students experience paella and horchata — they spend the remainder of the program in homestays in San Sebastián. This Basque city in northeastern Spain offers a stark contrast to their time Seville.

    Program Directors: Andrew Handelsman and Drew Collier
    Approximate Dates: TBD
    Approximate Cost: TBD

    Student Eligibility: Current fifth formers; completion of Spanish 3 before the trip is preferred. Students must have a good disciplinary record and a passion for the language.

    Spain travel blog

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available for the study abroad programs. Several endowed fellowships — supported by generous alumni or friends of the school — allow students to pursue special summer activities that might not otherwise be possible.
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