Global Programs

Taste the world! Make new friends! Try everything!” UPrep Global Link:India participant

University Prep is committed to educating our students to be citizens of the world. We do this through a variety of programs that offer opportunities to build cross-cultural relationships, to look beyond our own communities, and to understand our role in the global community through cultural competency.

Our Programs

Global Link

Global Link is our signature global education program that challenges selected students in grades 8-12 to experience real life in other parts of the world.

Global Link is quite different from a traditional travel program. We focus on relationships rather than destinations and build up the students’ capacity to cultivate and sustain meaningful international connections. Through extensive pre-departure training and a substantive in-country curriculum, students learn the personal and cross-cultural skills needed to immerse themselves in their host communities.

Domestic

The domestic Global Link program currently includes two cultural exchange and academic learning trips to the American South (Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama) and New Orleans, Louisiana.

International

The international Global Link program offers Upper School students academic learning and cultural immersion experiences, with several programs having direct exchange opportunities. Groups of six to ten students are led by two UPrep staff members for about two weeks overseas. Most groups live with host families for the duration of their stay. Currently, Global Link has partnerships and program sites in Botswana, India, Japan, Lithuania, Nepal, Samoa, and Taiwan.

In 2019, we began to integrate Global Link with subject-based academic study and UPrep's new intensive terms, allowing students to earn subject area credit for many Global Link courses. To learn more, please read the Global Link course descriptions.

Global Link also provides opportunities for students to bring their travels back home. Upon their return, students share their experiences with University Prep and the Seattle-area community through projects and presentations.

Hosting International Students

University Prep invites a small number of international exchange students for full-time enrollment each year. We have hosted students from all over the world, most recently from Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, and Tunisia.

We also regularly host short-term visitors. In the past few years, students from Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, India, Japan, and Lithuania have visited our campus. Our community is always eager to welcome new global citizens and build international relationships.

Hosting gives UPrep families the chance to help our visitors discover Seattle, become immersed in the UPrep community, and experience everyday life in the United States. Hosting and welcoming visitors and exchange students is an absolutely essential part of UPrep’s approach to global programs, and it is often the most rewarding and impactful experience for students during their time at UPrep.

Semester Away

Upper School sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing education opportunities beyond UPrep can receive credit toward graduation through semester- or year-long accredited study abroad or internationally-focused programs. Semesters away are intensive experiences and require students to dig deep, think differently, collaborate with others, and apply their knowledge to the real world.

Recently, UPrep students have studied-away at schools such as the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (Washington, D.C.), the Oxbow School (Napa, CA), Alexander Muss High School (Israel), the Travelling School (South America) and the High Mountain Institute (Leadville, CO). These students return to UPrep with a deeper sense of their place in the world and their ability to change it.

Here are some additional resources and links for students thinking about traveling. All interested students are able to apply for tuition remission to support such study away experiences.

For Representatives from Off-Campus Educational Programs

If you represent a semester away program and are interested in sharing information with high school students at University Prep, please complete this informational form. If you offer a summer program, a summer work opportunity, or a gap year program, please use the same link to provide us with information about the opportunity.

We will be in touch after receiving your form with additional information and any follow-up questions. University Prep collaborates with semester away programs with some of the following characteristics:

  • Philosophy congruent with University Prep’s mission and values
  • Coursework and calendar compatible with University Prep’s course of study
  • Commitment to and availability of financial aid
  • Inclusive enrollment, welcoming students of all races, creeds, gender identities, sexualities, political orientations, and national origins
  • Ability to demonstrate successful reintegration for students returning to their sending school

For more information about University Prep’s Global Education programs, contact:

Brian Gonzales, Director of Global Programs bgonzales@universityprep.org

Christina Taylor, Associate Director of Global Programs ctaylor@universityprep.org


As the face of UPrep overseas, our Global Link students practice their ambassadorial skills by highlighting their individuality and demonstrating their collective respect for and ongoing curiosity about our multicultural world.