At Blake, students learn to think of themselves as true citizens of the world. Academic coursework emphasizes communicating across cultural and language barriers. Students work together to explore and address global issues ranging from hunger to healthcare access. Service learning initiatives, including field experiences, create additional connections that span the globe. Finally, our global programs and involvement with the Global Online Academy help students make international connections, online and off.
Students at Blake have numerous opportunities to study and travel abroad or elsewhere in the United States:
- Semester- and year-long international study programs take students to countries as diverse as Switzerland, China, France, Italy, Spain, Vietnam and Japan.
- Many students take shorter trips abroad lasting from two to six weeks. Often these trips have a service-learning focus, such as involvement in village self-sufficiency programs that improve the quality of rural life in these villages. Countries visited include Peru, South Africa, and Sierra Leone.
- Students also participate in study-away programs in the United States, such as a semester at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) in Washington, D.C., CITYterm in New York City, or High Mountain Institute (HMI) in Colorado.
For further details, visit our Global Programs page.
Field experiences closer to home also help students connect with other people from around the world. For example, we partner with other schools in the Twin Cities region that serve immigrant communities. Students visit peers at other schools such as the Cedar Riverside School, which serves a predominantly Somali-American community.
Global Online Academy
Blake is part of the Global Online Academy, a consortium of schools that connects students and teachers worldwide to offer rigorous online courses. Courses offered include Digital Journalism, Bioethics, and International Macroeconomics – to name just a few. For a complete listing, check out our Upper School Course Catalog.