Global Experiences

Study Away

Spending a semester or school year studying away from Belmont Hill during Forms IV-VI can be a great way to experience sustained immersion in another school or country's culture, to become fluent in another language, and most importantly to experience significant personal growth.

Our boys who enroll in one of the programs listed below receive individual counseling on the academic transition to and from their study-away experience. Our college counseling office also provides input and advice as a boy considers his options and course of study both while away and upon return to the Hill.

Boys who have participated in these programs over the past six years have attended Bates (2), Bowdoin, Brown (3), BU, Colorado College (2), Dartmouth, Elon, Kenyon, Middlebury (3), Northeastern, Northwestern, Oberlin, Stanford, Tufts (2), USC, Williams, Wisconsin, and Yale.

Below please find information on programs that Belmont Hill boys have considered and participated over the past several years.

List of 10 items.

  • School Year Abroad (SYA)

    School Year Abroad operates schools in China, France, Spain, Italy, and Vietnam, "offering juniors and seniors the opportunity to live with a European or Asian family for an entire academic year while earning U.S. graduation credits and preparing for selective U.S. colleges and universities." For more information, visit the SYA webpage or email Adam Harder at Belmont Hill.
  • CITYterm

    Offering an urban educational experience, CITYterm seeks to provide students with the "intellectual tools they need to understand and express the complexity of New York City and the emotional and social tools to participate constructively in their community." For more information, visit the CITYterm webpage or email Adam Harder at Belmont Hill.
  • The Alzar School

    Located in Idaho, the Alzar School offers academic semesters for motivated high school sophomores and juniors. These semesters immerse students in a rigorous, challenging educational setting that emphasizes leadership training.” Including an extended excursion to Chile, the school weaves cultural exchanges, service learning, outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and experiential education into its core traditional academic program, which includes honors-level and AP courses.  Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, with skiing, kayaking, surfing, backpacking, and hiking, and more.
  • High Mountain Institute

    Through its Rocky Mountain Semester program, HMI offers "11th grade students the opportunity to focus on rigorous academics and community and leadership skills through participation in a small community on campus in Leadville, Colorado and on three wilderness expeditions through the heart of the Rocky Mountains."  For more information, visit the HMI webpage or email Adam Harder.
  • The Island School

    Located on Cape Eleuthera, The Island School offers students a full range of academic classes, as well as "first-hand engagement with the people and environment of The Bahamas."  For more information, visit The Island School's webpage or email Adam Harder at Belmont Hill.
  • The Mountain School

    Operated by Milton Academy, The Mountain School "is an independent semester program that provides high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural Vermont."  For more information, visit The Mountain School webpage or contact Adam Harder at Belmont Hill.
  • The Maine Coast Semester

    Located on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula campus in northern New England, Chewonki offers students an opportunity to abandon the confines of the classroom, to go beyond lectures and books, and learn to read the world. In a typical year, Chewonki welcomes students from fifty-two schools and twenty-one states. Selected on the basis of their intellectual energies, strength of character, and creativity, students arrive with a diversity of traits and backgrounds to face this challenging new environment. For more information, contact Adam Harder.
  • The School for Ethics & Global Leadership

    SEGL is a semester-long program in Washington, DC for highly motivated high school students interested in exploring global affairs and leadership. The program emphasizes critical thinking skills, leadership development, and international affairs, using a case-study method and taking advantage of resources in the Washington, D.C. area.  For more information, see Adam Harder.
  • Alexander Muss High School in Israel

    Founded in 1972, the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) boasts over 25,000 graduates from its various teen programs.  While the vast majority of the students in its programs are Jewish, they welcome students of all cultures and religions to join their community.  “AMHSI’s multifaceted approach to experiential learning provides multiple entry points into the Jewish narrative, encouraging each and every student to discover their own way to connect to their heritage,” to what it means to be Jewish.  AMHSI offers 8-week and 18-week academic year programs, as well as a six-week summer session.
  • Arabic Year at King’s Academy (AY)

    Arabic Year at King’s Academy (AY) offers high school students one year of intensive Arabic language study, Middle Eastern cultural immersion and experiential learning. The program is designed for students in grades 10 through 12 who want to learn Arabic and explore the history, politics and culture of a vital part of the world. Students enrolled in AY are part of King’s Academy, an American-style boarding school in Jordan modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. For more information, please contact Adam Harder.
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