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Global Academic Programs

Berkeley Carroll's travel programs are part of the academic program, not stand-alone sightseeing trips. The kind of authentic global thinking we foster requires students to prepare beforehand and to engage in serious reflection while abroad. Throughout, students consider both their own place in the world, and their responsibilities to its future.

The Upper School offers several travel programs annually. The language immersion programs to Cap d’Ail, France and Granada, Spain are for juniors and seniors.


The program in Granada, Spain (read the trip blog), focuses on language skills. During Spring Intensives in March, students attend language classes at Itaca Centro de formación, a language school with a focus on learning by experience. The school is located in the heart of the Albayzín, the oldest neighborhood of the city. Students combine language classes with cultural activities, including visits to the Alhambra and the city of Córdoba, and they meet students at an area secondary school. Students turn their reflections into a group blog - en español.


The program in Cap d’Ail (read the trip blog), run by Berkeley Carroll’s World Languages Department, is based at the the Centre Méditerranéen d’Etudes Françaises, between Monaco and Nice on France’s stunning Côte d’Azur. The center is a language school, part of a larger complex created by artist Jean Cocteau, whose artistic influence abounds. For 10 days during the Spring Intensives period, students stay in the dorms at CMEF and attend language classes in the mornings; in the afternoons, they have assignments that necessitate them using their language skills while they explore the city and region.

American South

Has the South ever healed from the Civil War? To what extent does the South constitute its own nation? This travel program involves a journey through key landmarks of the U.S. South, including for example, Selma, Alabama, the site of the infamous 1965 civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the National Memorial to Peace and Justice, in Montgomery Alabama, a remembrance project for the victims of lynchings. Along the way, students process what they are learning with each other and with as many southerners as possible, in both formal and informal settings. The students in this Spring Intensive, all seniors, will also be enrolled in a Spring term history elective with the same title which delves into the history of the American South since the Civil War, focusing primarily on the rise, fall, and aftermath of Jim Crow. Students will keep detailed travel journals during our trip which they will turn into more polished writing assignments upon their return.