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DCPS Study Abroad

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Every student deserves a world of possibilities! That's why DCPS developed a Study Abroad program. The award-winning DCPS Study Abroad is the nation’s first fully-funded K-12 study abroad program; the program helps ensure that our global citizens have access to global experiences, and works to make travel the expectation rather than the exception for all students. All 8th grade, 11th grade, and C3 DCPS students studying a world language are eligible for short-term study abroad programs focused on language immersion, global leadership or service learning.

DCPS is going places. Come with us.


DCPS is committed to preparing students to become global citizens through immersive travel and learning experiences that align with content and enrich students’ academic experiences in the classroom.

Student Experience

DCPS Study Abroad experiences provide equitable access to travel, ensuring all DCPS students can truly explore the world and place their growing global competence into real world contexts.

  • Middle school: Students are invited to apply for funded Study Abroad opportunities during their eighth grade year; travel will occur during the summer between eighth and ninth grade.
  • High school: Students are invited to apply for funded Study Abroad opportunities as rising or current eleventh grade students; travel will occur during the summer between eleventh and twelfth grade.

Program Highlights

All eighth and eleventh grade DCPS students are invited to apply to the DCPS Study Abroad funded travel programs. Each trip is connected to one of the 7 DCPS World Languages, and follows one of the following three pathways:

  • Global Leadership: Students collaborate with peers to discuss international issues and propose appropriate, innovative responses to worldwide challenges.
  • Language Immersion: Students participate in immersive language experiences that allow them to utilize their target World Language in authentic settings.
  • Service Learning: Students engage in meaningful service programs that benefit communities, and provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their roles and experiences cooperating with others as a member of the global community.

All travelers must possess or obtain a passport and any necessary visas and vaccines prior to trip departure. Every student traveler is required to participate in 5 pre-departure meetings with their trip leaders, abide by their trip's itinerary, and develop a post-travel "Making Global Local" project about their time abroad. Each student's Making Global Local project will be shared and celebrated with their school and community. Learn more or submit a student application at dcpsglobaled.org.

Contact Information

Kate Ireland, Director, Global Education
Kayla Gatalica, Specialist, Global Programs
Jillian Flood, Coordinator, Global Education