Global Engagement in the Upper School

On-Campus Initiatives Include

  • Our International Emerging Leaders Conference.
  • Guest speakers from around the world engage with our students through the US Assembly program and through class visits.
  • Globally focused class offerings include world history, world literature, global history, senior seminar and English electives, world languages, and an arts program that has significant global curriculum.  
  • An international exchange student program has thrived since 1968.
  • Various students and groups from partner schools visit throughout the year.
  • Active student clubs include Model United Nations and Global Discussions.

International Travel Highlights

Travel Opportunities

Please email Erica Coffey to join informational email list for each trip, to submit deposit, or request the financial assistance form.
November 1 Sign Up Deadline
Info Sessions In October

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  • Global Leadership and Student Conferences

    Community Development Leadership Summit
    Travel to India with our partner school to participate in a conference with students from around the world while also touring New Delhi and Agra. 
    This trip is full for the 2017-18 school year.
    Dates: November
    Trip Leader: David Kehlenbeck
    Cost: $2,900
    Model UN at partner school in Venice
    Participate in a Model UN debate with students from around the world. A homestay with our partner school gives students a unique cultural immersion.
    Open to all students, preference given to Model UN students.
    Limit of 8 students.
    Trip Leader: Monique Voss
    Dates: First week of March
    Cost: $1,700
    South Africa
    Engage in an innovative Global Leadership Program at our partner school, Lebone II College, along with additional schools from around Southern Africa and visit sights and a safari game reserve.
    Open to students through application.
    Dates: 12 days in early/mid-July
    Trip Contact: Erica Coffey
    Cost: $2,600

    Economic growth, safety and stability are on the rise in all corners of the country, and international visitors are joyously rediscovering the remarkable diversity and warmth of this nation. Students will visit social entrepreneurs working in different sectors and with a diverse range of communities around the country, learning about their models and shadowing their everyday operations. Cities include Bogotá, The Sabana and Cartagena.
    Dates: June 9-18
    Trip Leader: Erica Coffey
    Cost: $3,750
  • International Emerging Leaders

    International Emerging Leaders - Asia
    On-campus semester-long collaboration with our partner school in China includes a trip to Shanghai and Yangzhou in late March. This trip is in partnership with the Powell Endowment for Economic Education.
    Open to seniors only by application spring of junior year.
    Trip is full for the 2017-18 school year.
    Trip Leader: Clare Sisisky
    International Emerging Leaders - Americas
    On-campus semester-long collaboration to attend the International Youth Leadership Symposium in Mexico City. Our partner school, Carol Baur, will be our host. Students will participate in the symposium and visit some of Mexico’s historic sites.Open to seniors only by application spring of junior year.
    The trip is full for the 2017-18 school year.
    Trip Leader: Erica Coffey
  • Language and Culture Immersion Programs

    Students will experience French language immersion with our partner school in Casablanca.
    Open to senior French language students. 
    Trip Leaders: Maria Benson and Susan Fourness
    Dates: Mid-January
    Cost: $2,300
    Students will experience a home stay with our partner school in Sevilla, followed by a homestay
    in Cadiz, while attending a language school and visiting different cities.
    Open to all students. Preference given to Spanish language students.
    Trip Leaders: Esperanza Soria-Nieto and Hannah Curley
    Dates: June 19-June 30
    Cost: $3,600 

Partner Schools

Collegiate has grown a network of incredible partner schools around the world. The schools vary greatly in their size, grade levels, and communities they serve – but all have a focus on academics and a commitment to leadership, as Collegiate does. We undertake a long list of collaborations and exchanges with these schools, and they partner with us to enrich our curriculum JK-12. We also participate in a number of faculty professional development programs, and see the wonderful teachers and leaders of these schools as Collegiate faculty’s colleagues.

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  • China

    Collegiate's first partnership in China was created in 2006 with Changzhou Senior High School, an elite public school in the city of Changzhou in Jiangsu Province. Collegiate formed a second partnership in 2007 with a private school in the city of Yangzhou, also in Jiangsu Province: Beijing New Oriental Foreign Language School of Yangzhou.
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  • India

    In 2007, Collegiate began its partnerships with India by forming relationships with the Modern School in New Delhi.
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  • Mexico

    In the summer of 2006, a Collegiate faculty member went to a technology conference at Colegio Carol Baur, located in Mexico City, Mexico, a private school serving students from 2 years of age through high school. A group from Carol Baur came to Collegiate in Spring 2007, and a group from Collegiate went to Carol Baur in January 2008, where a formal exchange program (intercambio) was established between the two schools.
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  • Morocco

    Our partner school in Morocco, George Washington, is located in Casablanca, Morocco.
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  • South Africa

    Our partner school in South Africa, Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng, is located in Phokeng, South Africa.
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  • Spain

    Our partner school in Spain, Colegio Internacional Alminar, is located in Seville, Spain.
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As a school, we are committed to providing many different experiences for students so that they can learn about different cultures, develop knowledge and context for today's global issues, and build cross-cultural communication skills from an early age.


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  • Costa Rica

    After a vist to the school in August 2012 by school admnistration and Spanish faculty, Colegio Académico Jiménez in Guapiles, Costa Rica sent a delegation of students to participate in our 2012 International Emerging Leaders Conference.

    Students traveled to Costa Rica in 2013 to study at La Selva Biological Research Station, accompanied by Science and Spanish faculty members.

    In partnership with Lacrosse the Nations, a group of senior boys in the graduating class of 2013 did their senior project in Costa Rica focusing on community service, teaching lacrosse, and providing lacrosse equipment for local school children. Lacrosse the Nations is a non-profit organization that uses sports as a vehicle to teach valuable life skills and provide productive enrichment. Collegiate seniors have continued their commitment to Lacrosse the Nations and the local community in Playa Potrero with a subsequent trips every year, further establishing this strong connection. 
  • France

    Both Upper School and Middle School students have the opportunity to visit France with their teachers. The Middle School gives French students to the chance to spend spring break in France, practicing their language skills through our partnership with St. Denis School in Loches, France. Each year several eighth grade students and one teacher from St. Denis, will with Collegiate families and attended school for the month of February. 

    Upper School students also have a relationship with St Denis School as they send a delegration every year to our International Emerging Leaders Conference, and a group of select arts students from the Upper School attend their European Festival of the Arts held every April in Loches.

  • Ghana

    In 2011, an Upper School endowment award winner student went on a three-week summer community service adventure through Global Leadership Adventures in Anloga, Ghana.
    In the summer of 2012, five Upper School students traveled to Ghana with Global Leadership Adventures for a service learning program. There, the group made bricks for the schools, taught children basic lessons, and learned about and from local non-governmental organizations.
  • Israel

    The Havruta School of Emek Hefer, Israel, was Collegiate's partner school for a number of years, sending an incredible delegation of students to participate in our International Emerging Leaders Conference in 2012 and 2013. 

    In June 2013, Collegiate's Head of School visited Havruta School as part of a trip to Israel with business and community leaders from the Richmond area.
  • Italy

    In Spring 2011, a group of Upper School students went to Italy, focusing on archaeology, architecture, and art history. Another trip occurred in 2013.

    A partnership has also been established between Collegiate and The Liceo Foscarini, located in Venice, Italy, who annually sends a delegation of students to participate in our International Emerging Leaders Conference. Foscarini hosted their first Model UN, FOSCAMUN, in March of 2013. Twelve upper school students and two faculty members traveled to Venice and participated alongside Italian students from Venice and Rome. Participants toured the famous Murano glass blowing workshops, spent an afternoon on a boat tour, and enjoyed experiencing the Venetian lifestyle while living with Italian families. Since that time, Collegiate has sent a strong group of our Model UN club members to represent our school at FOSCAMUN every year, creating a strong partnership between our schools.

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  • Kazakhstan

    The Karaganda Regional Boarding School for Gifted Children, our partner school in Karaganda City, Kazakhstan, annually sends a delegation of students to participate in our International Emerging Leaders Conference.

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  • Malaysia

    Our partner school in Malaysia, St. George's Girls' School, is located in Penang, Malaysia. In 2012, for their senior projects, three Upper School students participated in an international conference hosted by St. George's. They were the only American representatives in the conference.

    St. George's Girls' School annually sends a delegation of students to participate in our International Emerging Leaders Conference.
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  • Nicaragua

    Global Service Learning Trip. - Twelve Upper Schoolers and two faculty members traveled to San Marco in June of 2014 and 2015 to work with orphaned and abandoned children who receive services from our partner organization, Los Quinchos. The participating students spent a semester meeting weekly to learn more about the challenges facing these boys and girls. They also explored the underlying causes of child abandonment and orphanhood, both in Richmond and Nicaragua. At Los Quinchos, Collegiate students assisted and mentored the children as they completed their schoolwork, and worked alongside them in their vocational tasks, which stem from Los Quinchos’ farm, restaurant and bread-making enterprises. Upper School faculty members led this program in partnership with Where They Be Dragons, a leading global service-learning organization. Learn more and follow the experience on the trip blog by clicking here.

    This program has continued to grow and is offered every year.