There are hundreds of programs available for CMS students to study abroad. Specific applications will vary from program to program. In most cases, program personnel will conduct an interview with a student to make sure that the student is a good fit for the program and/or host family. Students should be sure to plan early because applications can be due 4 to 9 months in advance. Age requirements vary, as well as cost.
Types of Study Abroad Programs
- Semester or academic year-long programs-- students live with a host family and are expected to attend their host international high school daily.
- Gap-Year/ 13th year of high school-- students most often live with a host family and attend high school, work as an intern, attend a language immersion school, or do community service.
- Short-term study abroad takes place during the summer. The duration of time can be from 3 weeks to 8 weeks. Studies can include language study in an immersion school or camp, a specific course related to host country/culture, community service or home stay only.
- Exchange programs also offer short-term trips available to students during the summer. Students travel as part of an internatioanl group with a group leader to visit another country. Trip length varies from 1 week to 4 weeks (approx.).
International Travel (non-required international field trip)
- The international field trip takes place any time during the school year or summer and is sponsored/coordinated by a CMS school or department. Students travel as a group with a teacher or administrator from their school to an international location, for the primary purpose of travel and tourism. Some CMS schools may establish an exchange agreement with an international school. A field trip under an exchange agreement would include visits to a school and host family stays, in addition to travel and tourism. The international field trip length is typically less than three weeks.
Please note: The above definitions were created by the CMS Study Abroad Office. The definitions will be reviewed and editied on a regular basis as the study abroad industry continues to expand in secondary education and programs change and/or grow to include more areas of study for students.