Our student exchange programs provide first hand experiences with schools in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia: integrating the International Baccalaureate World Schools Network; developing classes in English in various subjects; generating immersion in the culture of students abroad; and applying for international certifications in English, French, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.
Each exchange is unique and focuses on different objectives. However, the main overall objective is for students to identify, create and act upon opportunities, empowering a new generation of global citizens with civic virtues and a sense of responsibility towards humanity. The exchange trips benefit our students, as well as students from other countries, by helping them learn how to adapt, getting to know other cultures and customs, and forming open-minded and international citizens.
The agreement with Canada, for example, seeks for our students to develop their leadership skills through workshops, unique and exciting activities, teamwork exercises and excursions to the rainforests, diverse ecosystems, and historic sites. Students are challenged to expand their comfort zones and strive to reach their leadership potential.
The agreements with Holland, Germany and France, on the other hand, seek for our students to indelve more into history and visit historical places, allowing them to adapt to other cultures, encouraging internationalism and reinforcing what has already been learned in school. The duration of these trips is two weeks.
English makes up 50% of the school schedule, allowing a high development of linguistic competence and an impressive success rate achieved by our students on the PET, FCE and CAE international certifications through the University of Cambridge.
French, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese are incorporated into the Curriculum beginning in 6th grade, allow students to take evaluations in order to obtain the corresponding international certifications DELF, CELPE-BRAS and HSK.