Global Education

Upper Arlington Schools is committed to ensuring that our students leave Upper Arlington prepared for life in this increasingly global society. Among other benefits, international travel has been shown to help students improve empathy for other life experiences, develop improved self-reliance and practice their problem-solving skills. The option of worldwide travel is one of many steps our district is taking to ensure our students remain on the cutting edge of 21st-century education. 

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

 —Maya Angelou

Through collaboration with EF Education First, International Field Studies and other partners, our students will have the opportunity to apply their classroom experiences to the real world on a global scale by traveling abroad with their teachers. Upper Arlington Schools is committed to providing teachers and their students with travel opportunities to the world’s most educational destinations, strengthened by the opportunity to earn high school or college credit based on their tour and grade level.

2025 Global Education Opportunities

Upper Arlington Schools is offering several international educational travel opportunities in 2025 for students who will be in grades 6 through 12 during the 2024-2025 school year. Through these experiences, students will have the opportunity to grow their knowledge and skills in areas such as global language, STEM, leadership, history and culture. By taking part in these experiences, students will be given the chance to step outside their comfort zone, experience a new culture, and see the world from a different perspective. We will be hosting a parent information night on March 13, 2024, to discuss the EF options. 

You can access the links below to learn more about the itineraries for each trip. 

Looking ahead for other opportunities? Some experiences are offered annually, including: the Scottish exchange program, the Andros Science Field Experience, and the Global Leadership Summit. Other experiences may occur bi-annually, including the French exchange program. The destinations we travel to with our partner EF Education First vary, with a kick-off meeting in the Spring to announce which options will be available for the coming year. We strive to offer at least one spring break option for both middle and high school, as well as at least one summer option (in addition to the Leadership Summit) for each age group. 

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are available; please complete this financial assistance application and submit to Chief Academic Officer Keith Pomeroy at [email protected].
To view a Zoom webinar on the international travel options for 2025, please watch the video below.


Keith Pomeroy
Chief Academic Officer
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