To experience another culture first hand opens a girl’s eyes to new perspectives, new ways of understanding. For our girls, the opportunity to go on exchange and live with a family or in a boarding environment on the other side of the world, enables them to see the world for themselves and learn about its many complexities.
The Ascham international exchange program has been running successfully for many years. The main objectives of our program are for girls to experience a culture and an education system which are different from ours, and to form relationships with students and families from other countries. This experience allows participating girls to gain a wider perspective on education, different communities and international issues.
There are opportunities for approximately twenty Year 10 girls to spend some time at schools abroad. Currently twelve schools from France, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, China, Canada, USA and Argentina participate in the exchange. The schools are quite different from each other: day, boarding, girls’ only, co-ed, urban, rural, English-speaking or foreign language. The program caters for a broad range of girls’ passions, interests and abilities. In general, two girls go on exchange with students from each destination school and their equivalent number spends time at Ascham. These exchanges happen throughout the year and range from four week to three month stays.
Oxford Summer School Trip
In the June/July holidays students have the opportunity to participate in a brief cultural tour before embarking on a substantial educational experience. Not only do students expand their understanding of cultural elements of the United Kingdom and Europe, but they also experience an Oxford style education with it lectures, tutorials, seminars and activities. Students stay in College in student accommodation and their program runs from 8am to 11pm each day. Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials and seminars and they have a range of activities to choose from at other times. As part of the broader cultural experience students visit the local sites such as Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court.