High school students often wonder what it would be like attend school in another country and experience its culture, people, and geography while also learning the language. In partnership with Waldorf schools all over the world, students at Academe of the Oaks have the opportunity to make this dream a reality.
Sophomores may apply to participate in our international exchange program, which places accepted students with a family in another country for an extended period of time, typically two or three months. Students request a destination—such as Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina,Peru, Chile, Israel and Japan—and live with a student and his or her family from a Waldorf school there. As part of the exchange program, our students also host their exchange partners here in Atlanta. Lifelong connections are made expanding our student’s world view. It is an exciting and meaningful experience for everyone involved.
For more information, please contact the office at (404) 405-2173.
Academe warmly welcomes applications from qualified international students who would like an education at our school. We are approved to issue the I-20 needed by non-U.S. citizens to study in the United States. Students from many countries have attended our school. Please contact the office for more details at +1 (404) 405-2173.
In the winter of 2015, I spent three months in Lugano, Switzerland. Originally, I considered it a chance to get away from home, broaden my horizons, and learn a new language.
It ended up having a much greater effect on me than I expected. It was a journey, in more ways than one. It was a lesson that no teacher, parent, or mentor could teach me.
Not only was I able to deepen my friendship with my exchange partner, I made great friends in Lugano, people I’m still regularly in touch with. I learned a little bit from every person I met there, everything from the vocabulary of Italian to the secrets of local cooking, from the cultural etiquette of the Swiss to the tricks of skiing (which I failed to master, but enjoyed immensely).
The entire experience was a high point of my life. It made me realize my limitations as well as my potential. It gave me insight into where I could go, and brought home to me the scale of my small world compared to the rest of the planet. I definitely recommend taking advantage of the opportunity for foreign exchange.
I don’t think I’ve ever been able to see myself and the world around me more clearly than when I didn’t understand a word! Not speaking fluently… allows you to open your mind, to reflect on yourself and your life, and to listen to others without judgment. You are able to meet people in a completely new and spectacular way. An exchange is a cohesive lesson for the body, mind, and soul. It taught me to work in harmony with my surroundings, to take as much as possible from every given moment.