Programs are led by dedicated faculty members who share their expertise as facilitators of our experiential learning objectives. The intention of Lawrenceville's travel program is not to lead students through a place and tell them what to know; it is to empower them to make sense of the experience for themselves by turning the world into another Lawrenceville classroom.
For more information about the Harkness Travel Program, please contact Louise Wright.
2023 Travel Opportunities: Spring, Summer, Scholarship, School Year Abroad
Harkness Travel is back! Here's where we're going this year...
Service Learning and Global Migration on the California / Mexico Border
March 4 - 12, 2023
Engage the complex realities and politics of life at and around the border while connecting with the people, environments, exchanges, and issues that arise when countries and cultures meet!
NOLS Leadership Expedition in Patagonia
March 4 - 17, 2023
Develop your leadership and immerse yourself in the culture and landscape at the “edge of the world” while you travel by foot through a remote and stunning environment of jagged glaciers, snow-topped peaks, glittering turquoise lakes, lively beech forests and wildlife.
Biodiversity, Botanical, and Floristic Research Expedition
March 4 - 14, 2023
Conduct a botanical inventory of diversity through specimen-based research in various rainforest ecosystems while developing remote travel and survey skills in partnership with the local community.
Classics, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies
March 4 - 15, 2023
Live history through a robust exploration of culture, mythology, and archeology to discover ancient contributions to philosophy, language, and politics.
Sustainability and Spirituality in Bali
March 4 - 16, 2023
Expand your environmental curiosity through sustainability and ecological engineering, developing a love for the outdoors and the unique and vibrant spiritual culture through the arts and food.
STEM and Design
March 4 - 12, 2023
Gain a deeper understanding of the science, craftsmanship, design and engineering of sports cars, motorcycles, boats, and race cars at the factories and laboratories where the next generation of performance breakthroughs are being developed.
Baja Sea Kayaking with NOLS
March 4 - 17, 2023
Explore the rocky desert cliffs and rich underwater world of the Sea of Cortez by sea kayak while sleeping under the stars, paddling at dawn, and growing your leadership skills.
Ancient Cities to the Atlas Mountains
March 4 - 16, 2023
Abandon well worn tourist routes to explore a land shaped by conquests, colonization and occupation through the varied lenses of language, religion and cultures while trekking through mountains and desert, forging links with local families and exploring novel ways of living.
Arts in the Alps!
June 8 - 20, 2023
Inspire your creative energy to artistically capture your travel through painting, drawing, photography, or creative writing, culminating in a public group exhibit.
Service and Adventure
June 19 - 28, 2023
Roll up your sleeves for a service-learning project while experiencing a homestay, rich culture, beautiful landscape and many adventures.
Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Building Peace in the Balkans
June 8 - 19, 2023
Seek to understand all sides of a complex and historic conflict that has reverberated for generations while expanding your own perspectives on what it truly means to build peace in the world.
Sagas and Myths, Fire and Ice
June 9 - 24, 2023
Navigate a volcanic and glacial landscape that feels like few other places on Earth to discover a culture and storytelling that evolved out of the land and that fuels new ideas about sustainability, energy, and climate change.
Keio School Exchange Scholarship
June 3 - 17, 2023
The Keio School, just outside of Tokyo, in a two-decade relationship with Lawrenceville, offers students from both schools the opportunity to study at each other’s institutions. The Keio School Exchange is a classroom-to-classroom and home-stay program, providing students from both Schools the opportunity to experience life abroad in the host country and within the respective institutions.
School Year Abroad Academic Year Programs
Spend a high school summer abroad in Spain, France, or Italy! While classroom instruction is important, we recognize the unique benefits of immersive study abroad programs. Students who study abroad in high school have the opportunity to better understand world politics, to speak another language, to grasp pressing socio-economic concepts, and to become informed and seasoned citizens of the world.
School Year Abroad (SYA) is a cultural immersion and language program that allows students the opportunity to study in Europe for a 5-week summer (or for an entire academic year). As a member school in the SYA consortium, Lawrenceville students receive preferential admission to SYA's schools.
Studying abroad produces exceptional high school students who are mature, informed, disciplined, and well-adjusted to functioning away from the comforts of home…a true character-building experience that will yield benefits for a lifetime.
Target Student Population
Viault Family International Fund
The Viault Family International Fund sponsors students to attend an immersive international summer program. With this generous support, Lawrenceville is able to offer up to eight students the ability to apply for admission into one of three summer programs through School Year Abroad (Spain, Italy or France) or allow a student to seek approval for funding to another immersive international summer program.
Target Student Population
Lawrenceville partners with a number of semester and year-long programs that immerse students in a particular area of study while providing them with the tools they need to prepare for college, including standardized testing and college counseling.
While traditional classroom instruction is important, we recognize the unique benefits of experiential study programs. Students who study in these immersive programs return transformed to better meet global challenges, to speak another language, to grasp pressing socio-economic concepts, and to become informed and seasoned citizens of the world.
Students must declare their intent in January to study away for a semester or for a year in order to receive School approval in support of their program application. There are a limited number of approvals awarded each year.
Students and families must be mindful that semester programs do not align with Lawrenceville’s trimester calendar. Students choosing semester study away programs may be required to change their projected academic plans, take summer courses, and/or repeat courses that are not offered by the study away programs.
Students must complete a Lawrenceville Study Away application for next Fall '23, Spring '24, or School Year '23-24 by January 9, 2023.
School Year Abroad
Our membership in the School Year Abroad (SYA) program allows students to experience another language and culture through total immersion in France, Italy, or Spain. Participants live with host families and pursue a course of study in both English and the language of their host country under the guidance of SYA’s experienced teachers. SYA provides academic credit in addition to college testing and guidance, enabling students to graduate from Lawrenceville with their own class while helping to prepare them for selective colleges and universities. Students apply in their third or fourth form year to attend SYA in the fourth or fifth form year. The SYA year ends in time for fifth formers to return for their Lawrenceville graduation. Lawrenceville prefers students to attend the full year SYA program, but may allow semesters to be chosen.
High Mountain Institute Semester
The HMI Semester is a 17-week academic, wilderness, and residential program open to IV formers. The HMI curriculum focuses on building connections to the natural world and leadership skills while preparing students for college with a rigorous academic course load. The semester is divided between the HMI campus in Leadville, Colorado, and five weeks of wilderness expeditions in Colorado and Utah. Students are guaranteed one semester of transferable academic credit. HMI offers fall and spring semester programs and a summer program.
The Island School
The Island School offers an intensive, 100-day semester program that focuses on real-world research, problem-solving, and sustainable living practices in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Using the island and ocean as their laboratories, students study history, literature, culture, ecology, and mathematics, guided by scientists and graduate students at the world-class Cape Eleuthera Institute research facility. Students explore the framework of Eleuthera's cultural and environmental landscape through student-centered academic, outdoor and community outreach programs. The Island School offers fall and spring semester programs and a summer program.