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Campus Life

International Program

Expand Your World View

Tabor Academy’s commitment to international students and exchange programs originate from the school’s early historyToday, we are 19% international and offer multiple opportunities for all our students to experience the world through study, friendship, and service. Over half of our student body actively participates in our global programs, from overseas service and ecology trips, to home stays and host family dinners, to exchanges with schools in Denmark and China, to global culture classes for freshmen taught by International Student volunteers.

Academic Exchange & Travel Programs

It is our intention to have each of our students experience the world through another set of eyes, whether here at Tabor or through one of our many options to study or serve abroad. 


  • Rysensteen Gymnasium, Copenhagen, Denmark: one-week academic exchange with homestay
  • RDFZ Xishan School, Beijing, China: one-week homestay, with class visits and cultural immersion
  • Drama Exchange with Ellesmere College, UK: We share a dramatic performance and attend classes while living in the dorms for one week

Cultural and Language Trips

  • French/Italian culture and language trips: Rennes, France; Quebec City, Canada; Rome/Florence, Italy
  • The Shattuck Travel Grant provides funding for any program of interest
  • The Idemitsu Grant supports a month-long summer study in Japan through CIEE Global Navigator.   
  • Henley Royal Regatta (Crew) on years we qualify

Trimester or Year Study Away Options

  • School Year Abroad: an independent organization which welcomes Tabor students to spend a semester or year at one of their campuses in China, Italy, or Spain.
  • RDFZ Xishan School trimester exchange: offered to one junior each fall to study for a trimester at Tabor’s partner school in Beijing through their English-based AP curriculum
  • The Island School: a marine science program for one semester in the Bahamas

Global Service Trips:

Summer service trips take 30 students abroad to learn from and contribute to communities far from our campus. We have built houses, wells, and bridges, taught English, helped rehab sick elephants, and enjoyed local food and cultures along the way. The aim is always an experience that reaches across different languages, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Peru
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam (2019)
  • Where will you go?

REEF: Environmental Service Learning

Tabor's Research Environmental Education Focus (R.E.E.F.) Program: Join a unique adventure to help monitor and save the endangered coral reefs in the British and American Virgin Islands. In these locales, we use our schooner Tabor Boy as our research vessel and home. We began a new land-based option at Gerace Research Centre in the Bahamas in 2019 to expand our reach and impact. Read more.

Tabor has also sent student researchers to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and, this year, to Costa Rica to explore.

International Student-Led Campus Programming

In a school environment that aims to promote inclusiveness and tolerance, our international student leaders bridge cultural, racial, and political distances to create a community of respect and friendship for all. Their annual events help promote a sense of global awareness and service:
  • International Orientation: matches 60 returning Global Partners with new students
  • Host family dinners: Tabor families welcome our new International Students for dinner and fun
  • Trading Places: international students volunteer to introduce their cultures to freshman LEAPS class
  • International Chapel: a time to share culture and music, and what is like to study abroad
  • International Dinners: student chefs offer recipes from home to our entire community
  • Café Europa: European pastries are shared and enjoyed by all
  • International Week: An extravaganza of food, music, performances, and games for community enjoyment and learning
  • International Coffee: a monthly time to enjoy being together and meet new friends


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