Learning in the World

Learning beyond the walls of University School is an integral part of the curriculum. Few experiences can better stretch and challenge our students to understand themselves and their world than to become immersed in different cultures. Our program offers an array of carefully chosen experiences of varying length and purpose. The goals are to
  • Develop greater cultural intelligence and positive attitudes in students to help them become global citizens
  • Give each boy the confidence to be in charge of his own journey
  • Stretch students beyond their immediate horizons
  • Connect students with the world so they can contribute to developing regions through study, service, and learning
The experiences boys have while living in or traveling to new and unfamiliar environments test them and offer them opportunities to learn and grow. Many boys return home ready to share their experiences and their new perspectives from interacting with others from around the world. 

The most important qualities boys can take with them are their willingness to experience new things, to be open and accepting of new people and customs, and to be uncomfortable at times because of different social situations or physical demands. The boys who do best on these adventures make an effort to connect with the people and their cultures.

Participation in international programs is competitive. Financial aid is available.

Travel Programs

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  • Greece

    Between tradition and innovation
    March 2017
    In the landscape of Greece the evidence of the deep past is everywhere - in the stone sanctuaries and ancient theatres, in the agora and temple, in the monuments to gods and heroes, and in the sea on each horizon.
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  • Northern Ireland/Ireland

    March 2017
    Our time will be split between the beautiful seaside village of Ballycastle in Northern Ireland and the thriving metropolis of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. We will study the long journey toward the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland and the emotional cost of Independence for the Republic of Ireland.
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  • The Island School

    Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas
    March 2017
    University School and Laurel School have collaborated to offer an incredible opportunity for our students to learn about the environment, engage in scientific research, and enjoy the rewards of outdoor education and adventure learning. Open to Anderson Scholars Science Candidates, the spring break trip will provide an opportunity to develop and build upon their specific research interests.
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  • Sierra Nevada

    June & July 2017
    This week-long journey to the Sierra Nevadas, located along the eastern edge of California, is open to boys entering grades 4-8 and a parent or adult companion. During our adventure, we will horseback ride, white-water raft, hike to mountain summits, kayak, spend time around the fire, star-gaze and enjoy sites and events around the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area.
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  • Spain

    June & July 2017
    This three-week summer trip to Cádiz, Spain, which is open to Spanish language students in grades 9-11, includes language and cultural immersion and travel within the south of Spain and, possibly, to Morrocco. This program integrates morning language classes with a complete set of afternoon cultural and social activities.
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School Partner Programs

US partners with many other schools, both nationally and internationally, allowing our students to spend a semester to a year embracing new cultures, skills, and ideas. These programs enhance our students’ leadership capacities, foreign language abilities, affinity with the outdoors, and more. Read more about these programs below.


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Program Director

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Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216.831.2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.