Academics

Off Campus Study

The world itself is an amazing and engaging classroom, and CSW students have the opportunity to break away from campus to explore nature, language, history, and culture first hand in the places where it all happens.

The flexibility within our Mod Plan allows for students to travel for a mod to document flora and fauna in the rain forests of Panama, while learning Spanish language and culture, or travel to Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine to study marine life with the Hurricane Island Foundation.

Students alternate travel every year to Quebec City and to Paris to study French language and culture. In recent years, students traveled to Beijing and throughout Taiwan to study Mandarin and traditional Peking Opera. Additionally, students can include an off campus component to their Capstone Project.

Where in the World?


As a student, you can take advantage of the Mod System's flexibility and spend an entire Mod off campus immersed in language or science study with your classmates. Our students travel to:

Panama (Science and Spanish Language)
• French-speaking Canada (French Language)
• France (French Language)
• China and Taiwan (Mandarin Language)
• Hurricane Island, ME (Marine Biology)

Marine Biology on Hurricane Island

Students in the 'Marine Biology' class at CSW live and work off-campus on Hurricane Island, off the coast of Maine, where they are involved in a variety of new and ongoing projects. They observe the structure of intertidal communities, study lobster biology and the historic management of the fishery, study organisms that recruit on docks and in the intertidal of Penobscot Bay, and consider the role of invasive species and climate change in affecting biodiversity, among other projects.

READ THE MARINE BIO BLOG

China and Taiwan

In the "Off-Campus to China and Taiwan" course students improve their Mandarin Chinese speaking, writing, and comprehension through an immersive program. In Beijing, students stay in a local school’s dorms during the week and spend time with a host family on the weekend. In Taiwan, students stay with host families and go to school during the day. Throughout the trip, students are taken to many great places to learn about Chinese history and culture. Students also keep a daily blog to document their experience abroad and complete a project of their choosing about Chinese or Taiwanese culture or history.

France

In this course, students travel to France for a program of total immersion in French language, history, and culture. During their stay in France, students live with host families carefully selected in order to accommodate them. While traveling, students keep a journal and fulfill other requirements adapted to their language and/or art background. Upon their return, students prepare mandatory projects, including a research paper on their on-site findings, to earn full credit. 

READ THE FRANCE BLOG

Science and Language in the Neotropics of Latin America

Offered every other year, this trip is a cooperative effort between the language and science departments. Students travel to the neotropics of Latin America for a program of immersion in tropical ecosystems and in Spanish language and culture. In the science component, students travel to various tropical ecosystems and conduct field experiments and projects. The language program consists of homestays with local families, organized field trips and everyday conversational Spanish. Students maintain both science and Spanish journals as they travel.

READ THE PANAMA BLOG
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