The 2019-2020 student application for DCPS Study Abroad is expected to open in October 2019. The travel window for School Year 2019-2020 is expected to be June 25, 2020 through July 10, 2020. Students planning to apply to the program must be prepared to commit to traveling between those dates.
• Make sure you fully understand the program and its requirements! Read about the DCPS Study Abroad program on this website, and talk with your school’s Travel Ambassador about what you’ll need to do if accepted.
• Discuss your interest in travel with your family. Involve your Travel Ambassador in the conversation!
• You will need Internet access to complete the application. It is possible to complete the application on either a computer or mobile device.
• There are 3 essay questions on the application. Write your essays in advance, so that you can revise and edit them before submitting your application. You are allowed to seek constructive feedback on your essays. Remember that your essays and application must be your own original work. While there is no formal length requirement for the essays, we recommend that students write between 200 and 300 words, or between three and five paragraphs, for each essay.
• It is possible to save your work. However, it is a good idea to begin your application in advance of the deadline (in case of technical issues), and it is important that you finish your application before the deadline.
Is DCPS Study Abroad Right for Me?
We encourage all eligible students to consider applying for DCPS Study Abroad! DCPS Study Abroad trips take place in the summer, and they are between 8-12 days long. Our trips focus on language learning, community service, and/or global leadership. Students who are selected for DCPS Study Abroad are assigned a trip based on their World Language course history and interests. You can review sample itineraries from previous DCPS Study Abroad trips below, to get a sense of what our trips are like:
SAMPLE MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIPS
DCPS Study Abroad exists to make travel more equitably available to students. Our selection process considers students' World Language course history, students' prior travel experience, the strength of a student's application, and schools' federal Title I percentages (i.e. Free-and-Reduced-Price Meals). Review our eligibility criteria, download a copy of the application, and read more about our selection process below.