High School Abroad:
Travel Today for A Brighter Tomorrow

Studying while travelling abroad teaches high schoolers life lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom.

The challenges that come with language barriers, making new friends and navigating different cultures not only fuels growth, but it also makes for a great story—one that stands out on a post-secondary application. In today’s globalized society, it takes more than good academic standings to be a standout candidate amongst peers; the value gained while studying abroad can help land some students at the top of the admissions pile.

Blyth Academy international study programs are designed for today’s high school students. We believe earning credits while being immersed in different cultures, and experiencing the challenges and rewards of travelling as teenagers, strengthens character and creates effective leaders. Post-secondary schools and employers often recognize students who study abroad as being more adaptable, independent and well rounded.

students holding up homework at the Temple of Debod in Spain

Learning to be Adaptable

Travelling while completing high school credits really brings learning to life and forgoes the traditional classroom dynamic. Imagine studying Art History in the Louvre in Paris, Functions on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, or Biology in Airlie Beach in Australia; the environment becomes the classroom and the cultures become the lesson. Students who study abroad develop the ability to adjust to different situations in new environments whether navigating the transit system in a new country, ordering lunch in a different language or studying for exams while setting sail on the Adriatic Sea.

students listening to teacher at museum in London

Learning to be Culturally Sensitive

Studying abroad is more than travelling. Students aren’t just visiting new countries; they’re living the life of locals as much as possible. Learning about the history, foods, customs, and values are all part of the immersion process. The ability to coexist with different people makes students culturally sensitive at a young age, which is so important in our globalized world.

student bowing to monk in Luang Prabang

Learning A Global Mindset

During some of our programs abroad, students get the opportunity to earn community service hours by volunteering in local communities in need. This March Break, students are heading to Peru and Costa Rica to work with animals, children and take part in revitalizing projects. The experiences are designed to open their eyes to other cultures and ways of life as well as challenges faced in developing countries. Gaining great knowledge of the world expands their understanding and informs their perspectives on things like social issues and international conflicts.

students reading with Peruvian child

Learning to be Independent

Travelling as a group of students, without parents, gives teenagers the confidence to adapt to situations and problem solve. Learning to rely on themselves for laundry, eating, and sleeping (with the supervision of school staff), gives students a chance to assert themselves, make mistakes and learn—invaluable lessons they will take with them to post secondary school and beyond. Leaving the high school bubble behind, and even travelling without friends, forces students to get outside of their comfort zone, try new things, and meet new people.

student doing laundry at Laundromat in France

Learning to Communicate

While travelling through different cultures, students quickly become savvy at communicating with people who speak different languages. Getting to know gestures, respectable customs, and even learning new languages, makes them comfortable communicating with others and making networking connections that may be beneficial down the road.

students listening to local man in Thailand talk about his life and culture

There are many benefits to studying abroad and Blyth Academy International Summers programs offer students grades 9 to 12 over 25 academic programs in over 30 countries. March Break Community Service programs travel to Central and South America for hands-on volunteer work and outdoor adventure. Our Global High School program travels the world for four terms to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Central and South America. We offer learning experiences in safe environments that go beyond any classroom education at home. Our goal is to help develop well-rounded young adults.

Adding world experience to high school education can change the course of a student’s academics and inspire career aspirations. Click below to learn about all of our study abroad opportunities.

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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