International Studies

Through our International Studies program, Canterbury students have the opportunity to experience world cultures in myriad ways. From diving and marine research expeditions in Honduras and the Bahamas, to international film festivals in Monaco or service trips to Costa Rica, there is no horizon we won’t chase to give our students the opportunity to model global citizenship.

Exchange Opportunities

Our students visit Lycee Albert 1er in Monaco, and those students visit us. Read about a recent visit.

International Studies

International Student Application Process

Study Abroad

Summer opportunities to study language and culture in France, Spain, Italy, and China.

International Community Service

Service trips to Costa Rica (2018, 2016, 2014). Read about the 2014 trip.

Service trips to Cuba (2017). Read about the 2017 trip.

Model United Nations

In 2017, our middle school MUN team won Best Delegates in the General Assembly.

On-Campus Cultural Learning

  • 76 Fullbright Scholars were brought to the campus to meet with students. Read about the visit.
  • International Studies Club (for Middle and Upper School)
  • Canterbury’s annual International Food Festival
  • Multicultural celebrations like Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras
  • Attending local international festivals

Recent International Exchange Students

Henrik M., Germany, in the
weight room
Camilla G., Italy, (far left) with her senior
classmates during a homecoming event
Don Z., China, with his Grade 5
buddy
Damon Z., China, with a fellow
classmate and Grade 5 buddies

Jonathan F., Germany, has Type 1 diabetes and is staying with a ninth
grade family whose twin boys who also both have Type 1 diabetes.


Our International Studies Curriculum

Elementary School

  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, 2x/week each


"I just completed a trip to Shenzhen, the Special Economic Zone in China right across from Hong Kong. I previously had some ambivalence about the school embarking on its program to have the kids learn Chinese from PreK onward. But after completing this trip, I cannot begin to tell you how smart a move I now think the school has made. ...The Chinese are setting an economic pace that I wonder if we can hope to match with an almost singular focus on education including research and development with heavy emphasis on science and math. ...Their kids are learning English and other languages at [quite a] rate."
-- Rich F., father of Sasha, Class of 2023


Middle School

  • Spanish (required for Grade 5; a choice for Grades 6-8)
  • Mandarin Chinese (required for Grade 5; a choice for Grades 6 - 8)
  • Prima Lingua (required in Grade 6)
  • Latin (a choice for Grades 7 and 8)

Upper School

  • Spanish I-IV Honors / Advanced Honors
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • Mandarin Chinese I-V Honors / Advanced Honors
  • Latin I-IV Advanced Honors
  • AP Latin
  • French I-IV Honors / Advanced Honors
  • AP French Language
  • World History Honors / Advanced Honors
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Religion Honors
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • World Literature Honors / Advanced Honors
  • British Literature Honors / Advanced Honors

Contact Us

Director of International Studies
Gina Donovan
(727) 521-5961