Travel Experiences

Let the world be your teacher.

Many Pomfret students choose to travel in the US or abroad during their time on the Hilltop. In doing so, they gain valuable insight into different cultures, different languages, and different ways of seeing.  More often than not, these lucky students return transformed by their experience, and excited to share what they have learned with others.

Global Studies

Travel Courses

Students receive a one trimester credit for each travel-based experiential learning class they take at Pomfret.


June: Perhaps our most popular travel course, Peace, Wonder, and Understanding Islam gives students a firsthand look at one of the world's greatest and most controversial modern religions. (Religion Credit)


July: Over the summer, students set up shop in a French chateau to study painting and drawing or French language through a course called L'Atelier au Chateau. (Art or French Credit)


August: Just before school starts, students venture north to Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay to get their feet wet during Marine Ecology and Climate Change on the Maine Seacoast. (Science Credit)


March: During Spring Break, students head to Peru. Called Peru - Culture and Conquest: Service Learning in Peru's Sacred Valley, this course offers students the opportunity to visit the Peruvian Andes, including the UNESCO world heritage sites of Machu Picchu and the former Inca capital, Cusco. (HSS Credit)


Global and Sustainable Development: Every December, students in the Global and Sustainable Development class — a yearlong course that explores the complex relationships between governments, economies, societies, and the planet's physical environment — spend two weeks in Costa Rica, surveying its jungles, beaches, and farms.

Student Exchange

Ready to trade places with another student? Made possible through a unique partnership with our sister school, the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica, this experience immerses one lucky student in the life and customs of a foreign culture for a full academic term. The student exchange is available to any Pomfret student who studies Spanish.

Semester School

For those looking for something a little closer to home, Pomfret encourages students to spend an academic term at a semester school. In the past, adventurous students have studied at the Island School in the Bahamas and the High Mountain Institute in Colorado, to name just a couple.