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International Experiences

Few schools offer the depth, richness and integration of international experiences and global education that you will find at Athenian. Athenian strives for a student population that is international and multicultural. Students learn to appreciate and respect cultures, religions and languages other than their own and see themselves as genuinely global citizens with a desire to understand human nature.
Faculty-led International Interim Trips: Our staff have recently led programs in China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Study Abroad: Athenian students have opportunities through Round Square exchanges to live and study in Botswana, Australia, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Switzerland and more.

International Service Projects
: Recent Round Square International Service projects have taken our students to Australia, Botswana, Hungary, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.

Round Square Conferences: Athenian is a founding member of this international consortium of schools dedicated to fostering multicultural understanding, service and global awareness. Students are invited to attend the annual conference, which has been held in Canada, India and Thailand.

International Students: The majority of our boarding students come from more than a dozen countries across five continents, including China, Columbia, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Panama, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. They join students from the United States to form a truly global boarding experience.
International Curriculum: Our emphasis in the humanities is on language, culture and sociopolitical studies; with more than 20 courses dedicated to global understanding, including Latino Literature, African-American Literature, Eastern Religious Imagination, Russian and Japanese Literature, Chinese History and three languages (French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.)
Students on Athenian International Opportunities
Citizen of the World: Kristen L. '14
Athenian’s International and Multicultural Understanding Pillar is truly unique. During my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to travel to Chandigarh, India for a three-month student exchange. This was my chance to immerse myself in a way of life foreign to my own, living with different families while attending a local school. Although cultural and religious practices were unfamiliar, I was able to gain a new perspective and understanding of the world and the Indian culture, sparking in me greater maturity, as well as a new appreciation for my life in California. I was able to meet the most amazing people, many of whom I am still in contact with, and expand my connections around the globe. And this new desire for multicultural experiences prompted me to host a student from South Africa in my own home. The global opportunities at Athenian have made me realize my passion for international studies, given me once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and set me on my path as a citizen of the world.

International Experiences: Sarah N. '15
The Athenian Pillar that speaks most strongly to me is International and Multicultural Understanding. This past summer, I had the opportunity through Athenian and Round Square to spend a month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I stayed with a host family, went to school with my host sister, and got to practice my Spanish the whole time. Also, during my sophomore year, I attended a Round Square conference in South Africa and met students from dozens of Round Square schools all around the world. I love meeting new people from new places, and at Athenian I have so many opportunities to do that, whether I am in Argentina, South Africa, or here in California. Athenian also host exchanges students from other Round Square schools, and we have boarding students from a variety of different countries, so just being on campus allows me to go to school and become friends with students from around the world.  
See Our Students
Round Square October 2012 Conference - South Africa
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Published: 10/9/2012
Interim International Trips
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Published: 7/17/2012
Round Square Conference, Wellington, October 2011
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Published: 11/4/2011
Round Square Conference, Thailand, October 2010
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Published: 11/8/2010
RS International Service Project, Ladakh, Summer 2010
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Published: 11/7/2010
Student Round Square Blog
Our students travelled to India, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Scotland, England, Argentina, Germany, and France on Round Square exchanges in the last two years. Read about their adventures by visiting the Round Square Blog.