“The benefits of study abroad are almost endless.”
– Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

The Problem

Currently there are no publicly accessible, credit-bearing, and scalable ways for low-income students to study abroad.

Our Solution

We are building the largest national network of publicly funded, credit-bearing, study abroad high schools.

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students in approved pilot for 2016

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District Sites by 2018

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states by 2020

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students by 2025

The Vision

Global education is central to what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century and we are making it accessible to all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background.

The Model

We have built a unique experiential educational program grounded in highly personalized learning and leveraging evidence-based practices from our partners at Big Picture Learning, Rustic Pathways, and Summit Basecamp.

Our Schools

Our pilot school in Oakland, CA launched in fall 2016 in partnership with Oakland Unified School District. We are excited to launch our second site in Indianapolis, IN in fall 2018. We look forward to launching future sites across the country – please reach out if you think your district might be a good fit!

Recent News

  • The more young people get the opportunity to travel the world, live in other cultures and learn new languages, the more they will begin to understand our shared ideals and the shared opportunities to keep moving this world forward.

    First Lady Michelle Obama

  • The benefits of study abroad are almost endless. First of all, it’s going to make you much more marketable here in the United States, because more and more companies are realizing that they need people with experiences around the world, who can speak different languages, who can transition easily into other cultures and people who bring to their jobs a sensibility and a sensitivity for other people.

    First Lady Michelle Obama

  • The 21st century isn’t coming, it’s already here. And our students have the opportunity and challenge of living and working in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Public schools must prepare our young people to understand and address global issues, and educators must re-examine their teaching strategies and curriculum so that all students can thrive in this global and interdependent society.

    NEA President Dennis Van Roekel

  • I just think we can’t do enough of this [student exchanges]…And when you get young children traveling internationally, I think they come back different people. And you can’t put a price tag — you can’t put a value on that.

    Arne Duncan

    U.S. Secretary of Education

  • Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure… 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 to understand each other, we may even become friends.

    Maya Angelou